Week 38: The Rice Krispie Revolt
The other day my friend called me and said: “Hey do you know that there is a new Rice Krispies recipe? It now has a vanilla flavour and corn!”
He didn’t say this with the enthusiasm you may have assigned to this quote. He is actually intolerant to Maize and that little green label barely stopped him from a lot of regret!
“It also now contains wheat!”, he exclaimed. Oh no, that’s not good. No more Rice Krispie mornings or Rice Krispie Treats in our home as we have a wheat allergy here. This has left me thinking… what were they thinking?
Well, according to Kelloggs its what the customer wants…
Looking at the Social Media revolt, I’m not so sure that has been researched properly or it is just an excuse to make a greater profit using other grains.
Let me tell you why that doesn’t work…
Excluding your Target Market
You see, Rice Krispies was the gentle big kid cereal for sensitive tummies. It was allergy-friendly to a degree (it did contain gluten, barley gluten) and the friend to those with intolerances. It was safe for those avoiding wheat and it snapped, crackled and popped!
Even in our country, this market is growing by the day and, by changing the recipe as they have, they are ultimately telling this market that they don’t need their money or care about their needs. Ouch!
If their sales were dropping it was probably because the price has steadily been increasing.
Apparently, the new recipe was tested among 400 mothers and kids, half of whom ate Rice Krispies regularly. The other half were either new or “lapsed” Rice Krispies eaters. I personally think a little more research could have been put into such a big change.
More Bad News on the Popping Rice front!
In addition to the new grains, they have now added even MORE sugar!
Well, that’s it folks. It’s a Rice Kritastrophy! What do you think of the changes? Tell us in the comments below!