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Mars [Obama] puts Snickers bars on a diet
CNN ^ | February 16th, 2012 | Jacque Wilson

Posted on 02/17/2012 6:18:57 AM PST by iowamark

...Worry no more - Mars, Inc. is going taking that decision out of your hands. The company that produces M&Ms, 3 Musketeers, Snickers and Twix bars has vowed to stop shipping any Mars chocolate products that exceed 250 calories per portion by the end of 2013.

Right now a regular Snickers bar has 280 calories and each Twix cookie bar has 130 calories.

Mars will most likely stop producing its king-sized candy bars all together since the large Snickers bar weighs in at 510 calories.

"We have a responsibility to help our consumers and the pets they love lead healthy lives," Mars said in a statement on its website. "We are committed to making sure the products we offer, and the ingredients they contain, can fit into a balanced diet."

Mars also produces Dove chocolate bars, multiple kinds of pet food, several gum brands and Uncle Ben's rice products.

This move is part of an agreement Mars signed with Michelle Obama's Partnership for a Healthier America. Mars is part of the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, a group of 16 manufacturers who have pledged to reduce 1.5 trillion calories by the end of 2015 through lower-calorie options and reducing portion sizes...

Mars' statement goes on to note that the company has removed 97% of the trans fat in their chocolate products and plans to "reduce sodium levels in all Mars Food products globally by 25 percent by 2015."

Mars has not addressed the total number of fat grams in each product or the amount of sugar - factors most experts agree play a big role in weight gain, especially for children.

You can check out the nutrition info for Mars' products at www.marshealthyliving.com.

(Excerpt) Read more at thechart.blogs.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chocolate; foodpolice; marscandy; nannystate

1 posted on 02/17/2012 6:19:06 AM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark

And who’s to stop anybody from simply buying two bars to make up for the smaller one?

The stupidity boggles the mind.


2 posted on 02/17/2012 6:22:56 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: iowamark

Proof positive that there never has been life on Mars.


3 posted on 02/17/2012 6:23:57 AM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Un... freaking... believable.


4 posted on 02/17/2012 6:26:12 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: reagan_fanatic
And who’s to stop anybody from simply buying two bars to make up for the smaller one?

Clever way to boost sales. Bet the new 'size' is the same price. Mars- Michelle's Autocratic Regulatory Stooge.

5 posted on 02/17/2012 6:29:21 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: reagan_fanatic

Let’s put Mars on a financial diet and stop buying their products. Plus I guarantee they will not lower price to reflect less quantity.

By buying into this health agenda mars is essentially saying their product is junk and bad for you. Stupidity beyond comprehension


6 posted on 02/17/2012 6:30:20 AM PST by Josa
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Well, thank GOD for Michelle Obama.....LOL


7 posted on 02/17/2012 6:30:38 AM PST by Fawn (Anyone but OBOZO!!!!)
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To: reagan_fanatic

This is a red hearing. They are reducing the size to save money. It’s the same as many other products that have shrunk over the past few years: less produce, same price.

This is a PR dream that provides cover for something that they wanted to do for quite some time, but now they have a feel-good excuse rather than an image as a greedy company only interested in profits. It’s for the children and health in general you know...


8 posted on 02/17/2012 6:32:32 AM PST by Tao Yin
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To: Josa

And if mars really was concerned about our health, they would stop all those advertisements for stickers. Heck if they were really compassionate they would stop making that poison at all.


9 posted on 02/17/2012 6:32:32 AM PST by Josa
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To: reagan_fanatic

Or more easily changing the product label to indicate that it now represents “two servings”


10 posted on 02/17/2012 6:32:40 AM PST by hockea (Jeep agrees with you)
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To: iowamark
It's like dried pasta going from 16oz to 12oz per package.
Recipes calling for 1lb of pasta will require buying 2 packages.
11 posted on 02/17/2012 6:32:46 AM PST by AU72
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To: Josa

That should read Snickers....not stickers


12 posted on 02/17/2012 6:34:44 AM PST by Josa
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To: iowamark

No more government approved Mars bars for me. They’re on my do not buy list.


13 posted on 02/17/2012 6:35:24 AM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: iowamark

“We have a responsibility to help our consumers and the pets they love lead healthy lives,”

...you do? If that really is the case, why didn’t they realize this sooner and sell broccoli bars? “Packed with broccoli! Broccoli Bars really satisfy”.


14 posted on 02/17/2012 6:38:00 AM PST by albie
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To: iowamark
How soon will we be thanking Michelle Obama for raising our chocolate ration to 250 calories?

Bad news coming, thought Winston. And sure enough, following on a gory description of the annihilation of a Eurasian army, with stupendous figures of killed and prisoners, came the announcement that, as from next week, the chocolate ration would be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty.

...

As for the third message, it referred to a very simple error which could be set right in a couple of minutes. As short a time ago as February, the Ministry of Plenty had issued a promise (a 'categorical pledge' were the official words) that there would be no reduction of the chocolate ration during 1984. Actually, as Winston was aware, the chocolate ration was to be reduced from thirty grammes to twenty at the end of the present week. All that was needed was to substitute for the original promise a warning that it would probably be necessary to reduce the ration at some time in April.

...

It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grammes a week. And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grammes a week. Was it possible that they could swallow that, after only twenty-four hours?

Most likely Mars was planning on dropping the candy bar size again (but Ben "Inky" Bernanke will remind us that there is no inflation), but now get to make points with Michelle for meeting some dietary goals.

15 posted on 02/17/2012 6:38:43 AM PST by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Tao Yin

Agree - candy, coffee, ice cream - all the sizes started shrinking long ago.


16 posted on 02/17/2012 6:39:23 AM PST by 2ndamendmentpa
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To: iowamark
This has NOTHING to do with Michelle Obama's initiative. The truth is that candy companies have been reducing the size of their offerings on a regular basis in an attempt to fool us candy lovers into believing that we are getting the same bar for the same price.

We know better.

That bar that we used to buy for 5 cents now costs well over a buck and is heading rapidly to 2 bucks.

But you can still buy a decent candy bar, in fact quite a nice one, for a dime - if it is a Mercury dime (worth about $2.43) and you buy the bar at your local coin dealer.


17 posted on 02/17/2012 6:39:30 AM PST by InterceptPoint (TIN)
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To: KarlInOhio

Will I be shot or arrested if I buy 2 of these downsized bars???????


18 posted on 02/17/2012 6:39:36 AM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: iowamark

Less food...same price...isn’t that inflation?


19 posted on 02/17/2012 6:40:04 AM PST by jrestrepo (See you all in Galt's gulch)
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To: InterceptPoint

Agree - lets not give the Obama’s too much credit here.


20 posted on 02/17/2012 6:41:00 AM PST by 2ndamendmentpa
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To: 2ndamendmentpa
Agree - candy, coffee, ice cream - all the sizes started shrinking long ago.

A long time ago. From Mad Magazine in the 1960s:


21 posted on 02/17/2012 6:47:03 AM PST by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: AU72
It's like dried pasta going from 16oz to 12oz per package.

It's gotten to the point recipes need to be rewritten.
You can pretty much toss any recipe that calls for 1 can, 1 pkg. etc.

Bet the new Mars candy bar will come in the same size wrapper.
When you shake it, it'll rattle.

22 posted on 02/17/2012 6:49:02 AM PST by Vinnie
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To: iowamark
Just wait until Moochelle gets her meathooks into the Armenians at the "Grand Candy Factory" who crafted this chocolate bar. It won't be a pretty sight...


23 posted on 02/17/2012 6:51:50 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Tao Yin
"This is a red hearing."

If only it were so. We definitely need to restore HUAC! They could start in the White House.

24 posted on 02/17/2012 6:55:34 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: iowamark
Mars will most likely stop producing its king-sized candy bars all together since the large Snickers bar weighs in at 510 calories.

Simple solution would be to change the serving size to 6. Truth be told, it's not about calories but Mars is using this as a "feel good" angle to reduce the size and raise the price just like other companies have done with smaller sized toilet paper rolls, etc.

25 posted on 02/17/2012 7:05:36 AM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: reagan_fanatic
And who’s to stop anybody from simply buying two bars to make up for the smaller one?

Please don't tip off the Fed's on this! Once they get wise to your plan, candy bars will have to be registered. And there will be a strict one-a-day maximum purchase rule.

And there will be a BCSI (Bureau of Candy, Soda, and Ice Cream) to enforce the tangled mess of candy-related rules. Naturally, the BCSI agents will be armed and have arrest powers.

26 posted on 02/17/2012 7:05:56 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: iowamark

Here’s an idea Mars—close your company. That way you’re not producing “poison” any more. Maybe Mooshell will hire all your employees.


27 posted on 02/17/2012 7:07:10 AM PST by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: iowamark

Packages of food that we buy are the same price, but the quantity inside is less than it used to be.

Obamasized.


28 posted on 02/17/2012 7:07:24 AM PST by frithguild (Withdraw from the 1967 Treaty on Outer Space. It bans private property and profits.)
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29 posted on 02/17/2012 7:07:24 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Yeah, I mean that is a big “DUH” right there. Most people with any brain already buy two little ones rather than the king size, since the unit price usually works out to be cheaper. King size is just a marketing gimmick to sell 1.8 times the product for 2 times the price.


30 posted on 02/17/2012 7:08:24 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: reagan_fanatic

Interesting with the smaller bars. You do tend to eat more. Buy a bag....eat a bag. It’s all about volume.


31 posted on 02/17/2012 7:08:46 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Tao Yin
It’s the same as many other products that have shrunk over the past few years: less produce, same price.

Obamasized

32 posted on 02/17/2012 7:09:11 AM PST by frithguild (Withdraw from the 1967 Treaty on Outer Space. It bans private property and profits.)
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To: InterceptPoint

They replaced the Mercury dime with the Roosevelt dime and removed the fasces, the ancient Roman symbol of unity, just because it had been used by Mussolini. Then in 1965 Lyndon Johnson took away the silver content and replaced it with the “Great Society Alloy” (cupronickel).

Anyway, candy bars have been shrinking for decades but this is the first time it’s being done for PC reasons.


33 posted on 02/17/2012 7:11:05 AM PST by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: iowamark

This is getting as bad as the climate fiasco. Govenment.....just go away. Stay out of my kitchen, my bedroom, my car, my children’s head....GO AWAY!!!


34 posted on 02/17/2012 7:12:07 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: iowamark
MICHELLE LUNCHBOX, MICHELLE APPROVED SCHOOL LUNCHBOX
35 posted on 02/17/2012 7:18:12 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

“bars on a diet, reagan_fanatic wrote:
And who’s to stop anybody from simply buying two bars to make up for the smaller one?”

Sounds like a deliberate kickback to Mars to boost sales for that very reason.

How much $$ did Mars give to the Hussein campaign?


36 posted on 02/17/2012 7:22:17 AM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: iowamark
Mars is angling for a waiver from Soetoro care.
37 posted on 02/17/2012 7:22:40 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: iowamark
Life is too short to eat waxy American chocolate. Try Perugina and you will never go back.


38 posted on 02/17/2012 7:37:15 AM PST by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (I wonder why lions are so afraid of chairs.)
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To: iowamark

Was looking for a way to kick my M&M habit. With this as incentive, it’s done!


39 posted on 02/17/2012 7:40:05 AM PST by Boomer One
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To: iowamark

Good PR for Mars Candy Co. and AND greater profits for them...

What’s not to like?


40 posted on 02/17/2012 7:43:50 AM PST by WayneS (Comments now include 25% more sarcasm for no additional charge...)
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To: Boomer One

Quitting will only help Obama - you will be part of his healthcare “success” statistics.

You political best interests are best served by continuing to eat M&Ms!


41 posted on 02/17/2012 7:47:51 AM PST by 2ndamendmentpa
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To: iowamark

Don’t the IDIOTS at Mars know you dont give chocolate to Pets!!


42 posted on 02/17/2012 10:14:39 AM PST by tajgirvan (May we Never forget the Sacrifices of our American Heroes nor that of their Families!)
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To: tajgirvan; IowaHawk

Post made by “saltnlemons” and not tajgirvan...she is a very refined, Christian lady, not known to calling people names on websites. Sorry, Precious Wife.:)

yours truly,
saltnlemon


43 posted on 02/17/2012 11:14:06 PM PST by tajgirvan (May we Never forget the Sacrifices of our American Heroes nor that of their Families!)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Or stock up at Halloween on the minis.


44 posted on 02/17/2012 11:16:23 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: 2ndamendmentpa

No..keep eating LOTS of junk, just buy from companies who don’t worship at the feet of b. HUSSEIN.


45 posted on 02/18/2012 7:09:21 AM PST by Josa
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