Symington's has delisted two of its three Nation's Pasta tubs, but extended its noodles line with new flavours and a Nation's Normous Noodle range.

The noodles, which have hit sales of £7.1m in their first year [Kantar Worldpanel], will be ­extended with chilli and chow mein flavours next month, but the spaghetti bolognese and spicy ­tomato Nation's Pasta tubs have been ditched.

The blokey image of Symington's Nation's range did not appeal to female dieters, the main consumers of the pasta SKUs that launched alongside the noodles last August, said Symington's marketing manager David Cherrie.

The larger-format Nation's Normous Noodle range (rsp: 99p for 112g-116g pots) was launched last month in a bid to take on Unilever's King Pot Noodle. Normous Noodle comprises five flavours including Chip Shop Curry and Chicken & Mushroom.