Nestle confirms Red Ripper and Cheekies as the new names of its Allens Red Skins and Chicos lollies.
But the reason for changing the names has absolutely nothing to do with Australia.
It’s driven by cultural demands from the USA and is another example of cultural imperialism.
The name change isn’t really important – but it is stupid.
Does the US plan to change any product names that we might find offensive? I don’t think so.
Instead Nestle has settled on new names for two Allen’s Lollies products out of respect for those “who might feel marginalised by them”.
The new packaging is due to appear in shops from early next year.
Nestle foreshadowed the name changes in June, explaining that they want to ensure “nothing we do marginalises our friends, neighbours and colleagues”.
The word “redskins” is a derogatory term used to describe Native Americans.
Chicos, meanwhile, are brown, chocolate-flavoured jelly babies and “chico” is a Spanish word meaning ‘boys, ‘kids’ or ‘guys’.
Confectionary company Nestle said its Allen’s-branded Red Skins and Chicos lollies due to overtones “out of step” with its values.
“We hope Australians will support the evolution of these two much-loved lollies — while the names are new, the lollies themselves remain unchanged,” said Nestle.