Many people have noticed in recent weeks that the popular Hungarian Balaton chocolate bars have disappeared from the shelves of most major grocery chains, Index reports. Manufacturer Nestlé Hungária Kft. wrote that production of Balaton and Boci (another Hungarian chocolate brand) products used to take place in Ukraine, but the Ukrainian-Russian war has put the company in “supply difficulties.” As a result, there may indeed be a temporary shortage of some Balaton products, but they are working at full speed to solve the supply problem.
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Although the factory in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv was not attacked, Nestlé has decided to close it for reasons of employee safety and extremely limited production, which will affect both the Balaton and Boci portfolios. The production of Boci chocolate has now been moved to the Nestlé factory in the Czech Republic, and the focus of production of Balaton bars has been shifted to the New Wave portfolio, previously sourced from Poland, until the situation returns to normal.
The company said that production of both portfolios has begun and the products will soon reach Hungarian consumers. Customers will notice that the lemon yellow Balaton New Wave has taken over as the dominant color on the shelves, replacing the former red Balaton bars and the blue milk chocolate Balaton bar.
The manufacturer now hopes that until consumers find their classic Balaton favorites in Hungarian stores, they will try the Balaton New Wave or Balaton Bumm products and the hazelnut, raisin, and jelly varieties, as well as the large Boci bars.
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