Why Australians can't find Starburst

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Why Australians can't find Starburst

There is a reason Australians haven't been able to spot Starburst on supermarket shelves and it might leave a bitter taste in lolly lovers' mouths.

Confectionery giant Mars Wrigley has discontinued the Starburst brand in Australia.

The brand's iconic chews, snakes and babies will no longer be stocked across the country because of the move.

TikTok creator Nariman Dein uploaded a video expressing her frustrations at being unable to find the lollies in Sydney, having scoured several supermarkets.

These were the best and I can't find them anywhere, Dein said.

I'm having a conspiracy theory - did they just stop selling them and no-one noticed?

Mars Wrigley responded to the video, which attracted about 276,000 views, by releasing a statement confirming that the absence of Starburst lines wasn't a conspiracy.

The brand has been exposed to supply chain difficulties and rising cost pressures over the last two years, according to a company spokesman. Starburst products are imported from Europe and are like many businesses that are importing products from overseas.

Mars Wrigley is a major American multinational manufacturer of chocolate, chewing gum, mints and fruity sweets.