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Who: Perfetti Van Melle UK

What: Chupa Chups Candy Pizza

Where: Sugar confectionery

When: Launched August 2014

How much: £3/435g

Why: Perfetti Van Melle expanded its Chupa Chups gifting range this summer with a pizza for the sweet-toothed. With packaging reminiscent of a takeaway pizza box, the product offers an array of jelly sweets arranged to look like a pizza. Weighing in at more than 400g, it contains enough product for the whole family to enjoy, declared the supplier.

Consumer verdict: This was viewed as fun, novel and intriguing. The pack design was highly rated, though a few testers suggested putting a window in the box so the product could be viewed. Many adult respondents felt the sweets that make up the pizza were good but similar to what was currently available. It achieved an overall score of 38, equal to the average for the category, but appealed more to consumers in the North (scoring 42) and younger adults with younger children (45). Viewed as ‘new and different’ by 96% of testers, it is seen as a novel gift idea for kids or as a centrepiece at a kids’ party, with 81% claiming they would consider occasional purchase.

Pre-trial purchase: 46%

Post-trial purchase: 56%

Better than what’s out there: 78%

New and different: 96% 

Overall score: 38/50

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