Money blog: Nesquik apologises and abandons 'vile' new recipe (2024)

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Nesquik abandons new milkshake recipe after complaints of 'vile sludge'

Nestle is abandoning its new recipe for Nesquik milkshakes following a backlash from shoppers.

The food giant swapped out maltodextrin forriceflour in an attempt to improve the product's texture, but consumers complained it left a "vile sludge" in their drink.

The food giant is returning to the original ingredients for the products, strawberry and banana-flavoured milkshake mix, next month, The Grocer reports.

"The new recipe for bananaNesquikis utterly disgusting with a vile sludge left at the bottom of the glass. Your quality control has messed up big time here," posted one shopper on X.

Another wrote: "Whatever you have done to the strawberry powder recipe, please change it back.

"I opened a new tub yesterday and it tastes weird and gets really thick at the bottom.I have a pint or two a day and it's never been like this."

Others took to Reddit to vent: "The last two weeks have been miserable with the sludge at the bottom and I thought I had a ruined batch of powder."

Sky News has contacted Nestle for comment.

A spokesperson for the company told The Grocer: "Our aim is always to have the best possible recipe on the market and we sometimes make changes that aim to improve on existing recipes.

"On this occasion the change has not been popular with consumers and we have listened to their feedback.

"We can confirm the old recipe is going back into production and it should be in stores in July. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused."


Big high street lender cuts rates in 'starting pistol for summer deals'

HSBC is the latest lender to announce a wide range of mortgage rate cuts as swap rates improve.

While the details of the changes won't be published until tomorrow, brokers believe the move will prompt more reductions from other high street banks.

And if a Bank of England rate cut comes in August, "all bets are off", Katy Eatenton, mortgage specialist at Lifetime Wealth Management, told Newspage.

"Summer is here and the sun is finally shining over borrowers, who have been in the swap rate shade for too long," she said.

While the market has been lethargic over the election period, these reductions could "be the starting pistol to a campaign of 'summer sizzlers' from lenders", said Andrew Montlake, managing director at Coreco.

He said the period could be a "good time to bag a deal" before a new government is elected.

HSBC is following in the footsteps of Barclays and MPowered Mortgages, which cut their rates yesterday.

Justin Moy, managing director at EHF Mortgages, said: "Rate cuts across the majority of their range will be welcome by all types of borrower, and will accelerate the reaction from other high street lenders."

But a broader market shift is still needed to truly spark the housing market, said Ranald Mitchell, director at Charwn Private Clients.


Nvidia shares slide after briefly becoming world's most valuable company

ByJames Sillars, business news reporter

We're going to start with some more big movements for Nvidia's share price.

The AI-leading chipmaker claimed the crown from Microsoft last Wednesday to become the world's most valuable listed company.

The stock was going great guns and up by 170% in the year to date at that point.

However, the stellar rally stopped in its tracks, and Nvidia's shares have since entered so-called correction territory, according to analysts.

Nvidia's market value was, at one stage, more than 10% below its peak, losing around $430bn over three days.

It's now worth $2.91trn, according to LSEG data.

Ipek Ozkardeskaya, senior analyst at Swissquote Bank, wrote this morning: "The selloff hit suddenly, right after the company stole the status of the world’s most valuable company from Microsoft.

"There has been no bad news regarding the company's fundamentals on the newswire, no analyst downgrades, no soft forecasts, no rumours of slowing sales.

"It's just that the end of last quarter and the first half may have brought some investors to take some profit and go to the sidelines."

Nvidia currently stands at number three in the value table behind Microsoft and Apple.

Elsewhere this morning, the FTSE 100 has opened flat following a 0.5% gain on Monday.

It is trading at 8,287 - up just five points.

We are still keeping a close eye on the oil market as costs climb. A barrel of Brent is $1, up on yesterday at $86.

The latest increase was attributed to new forecasts of strong demand during the traditional US summer vacation (forgive the Americanism) season.


Easiest (and hardest) places in UK to find a job revealed

The number of job vacancies across the country has marginally increased this month, but there are areas where companies appear to be hiring more.

Research by Adzuna found London has the most job vacancies, with 154,506 roles being advertised, followed by the South East with 131,973 - an increase of 1.2% since April.

In Northern Ireland, the number of opportunities has fallen by 1.5% to just 7,790.

In terms of cities, Cambridge offers the most chance of finding a job with just 0.34 unemployed people per role and 7,276 jobs available.

This is followed by Guildford (0.49) and Exeter (0.63).

Bradford remains the hardest city to find a job, with 7.94 jobseekers per role.

Rochdale and Middlesbrough also have high jobseeker-to-role ratios, at 4.86 and 4.57 respectively.

Monthly advertised salary figures have also fallen for the first time since October 2023, down 0.11% to £38,765.

This is despite the recent National Living Wage hike to £11.44 per hour.

While slightly weaker salaries could help relieve some tightness in the labour market, it may also suggest increasing vacancies for entry or junior-level roles with lower salaries.

In comparison, annual salaries are still up 2.69% compared with May 2023.

Unsurprisingly, London was found to be offering the highest average salaries at £44,863, which is up 1.47% on last year.

Wales was the region with the lowest typical salary at £34,048.


Guarantors - what are they, and what does it mean to be one?

Basically… a guarantor is someone who agrees to cover another person's bill in the event they can't pay it.

Guarantors are sometimes required when taking out a loan or mortgage, or moving into a rented property, if the person responsible for the bills doesn't meet income requirements.

For renting, a landlord might also request a guarantor if the tenant has limited renting history, a low credit score or other factors that would deem them at risk of missing payments.

Who can be a guarantor, and what are they responsible for?

The simple answer is - almost anyone.

Often it'll be a parent - especially for young people renting for the first time or taking their first steps onto the property ladder - or a spouse.

But friends and other relatives can be guarantors too.

The basic requirements for being a guarantor are:

  • Aged over 18, or over 21, depending on who is making the request
  • Good credit history
  • Financial stability - a certain amount of savings or income

Being a homeowner will also make you more desirable as a guarantor, as it shows that you have a way of covering costs if you need to. You usually have to live in the UK too.

What the guarantor is legally responsible for can vary depending on what's written in the guarantee.

In the case of renting, the guarantor is usually responsible for paying rent if the tenant can't for any reason. They might also have to cover repairs if the tenant damages the property.

In extreme cases, the guarantor might be called on to cover legal costs faced by the landlord due to the tenant.

What happens if the guarantor can't pay?

If you can't pay the lender or landlord what you owe, they may turn to your guarantor at this point, if another agreement can't be worked out.

In the rare event that the guarantor can't - or even won't - pay, they could be taken to court. It's likely that remediation action would be taken before it gets to this point, but the guarantor signs a legally binding contract, so it can happen.

Not paying the debt could also impact the guarantor's credit history.

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PrettyLittleThing deactivating customers' accounts for making too many returns

PrettyLittleThing has started deactivating customers' accounts for returning too many items.

The online fashion giant sent out emails over the weekend, telling customers they had been banned from placing orders due to their "unusual high returns activity".

It comes just days after the company introduced a £1.99 fee for every item sent back.

Several angry customers posted screenshots of the email online.

Many complained they had already paid £9.99 for PrettyLittleThing's royalty service, which gives them unlimited next day delivery for a year.

Others hit out at the brand, saying it should improve the quality and sizing of its clothing.

"Maybe if your clothes weren't so s***, people wouldn't have to send them back," one person said.

"If your clothes sizing were actually what you stated, then surely you wouldn't be getting so many returns. Don't even get me started on the quality of some items," said another.

Social media marketing specialist Katy said she didn't remember sending back any items so far this year.

Some customers pointed out that PrettyLittleThing doesn't have physical stores, so people can't try items on.

A spokesperson for PrettyLittleThing said: "Where we notice unusual patterns of activity on customer accounts, we do investigate.

"In some incidences, this results in us applying our terms and conditions, and this type of action would only affect a tiny percentage of our customer base."


'Explain how this isn't restricted view?' Swifties complain they couldn't see star

Taylor Swift fans have taken to social media to complain at paying hundreds on tickets for her Wembley shows only to end up with a restricted view.

While the reviews of the show have been glowing, many were less than impressed with ticket sellers failing to say whether certain seats had "restricted" views - which usually makes a ticket a bit cheaper.

One said...

Another fumed at the blocked view despite the £200 price...

It comes after a fan who saw Swift in Glasgow at the start of the month complained after parting with £680 only to have "a lovely view of a tent"...


Daily betting tips scrapped on BBC show | Triple Nectar points available | Getir to break up

Betting tips scrapped on flagship BBC show

BBC Radio 4's Today programme has scrapped its daily horse race betting tips, its host has announced.

Amol Rajan said the "break in tradition" would not affect major race days, with the broadcaster still set to offer tips for the biggest events in the calendar.

"We will very much continue to cover horse racing, as we do so many other sports, not least through interviews with leading lights in the racing world," Mr Rajan said.

"And we will sometimes continue to broadcast from the big ticket events like the Grand National festival, or Cheltenham Gold Cup week."

Want to earn triple Nectar points?

Sainsbury's is offering the incentive for customers with electric vehicles who choose to charge up with them via their new "Smart Charge" bays.

From today until 31 August, Sainsbury's customers can collect 3x Nectar points on Smart Charge transactions when they add their Nectar account number before purchase.

To do so, customers need to scan the QR code on the Smart Charge charging unit after they pay and add their Nectar card number on the web page provided. Points will be added to customers' accounts once they have paid.

Getir shareholders back break-up of food delivery group

Investors in Getir, the food delivery group that is abandoning its UK operations, have approved a break-up of the company that will trigger a fresh capital injection of up to $250m (£197.5m).

Sky News has learnt that Getir, which is based in Turkey, held an extraordinary general meeting yesterday at which shareholders backed plans to split it into two independent companies.

Read more of our city editor Mark Kleinman's exclusive here...


Restaurants ordered to remove 'unsafe' meat products

Restaurants, cafes and hotels have been told to immediately withdraw meat products dubbed "unsafe" by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Hospitality operators in London and South East England were issued the food safety alert for meat supplied bya cutting plant in Swanley, Kent.

"We have alerted Environmental Health, Trading Standards Services and Official Veterinarians to take action to remove meat and meat products manufactured by Block and Cleaver from the market," the FSA said in a statement.

"These products... may not have been produced in accordance with GB food law requirements and therefore may be unsafe."

These products may have incorrect use by dates, are subject to traceability breaches and should not be eaten as they were not prepared in line with food safety and hygiene legislative requirements.

All of the following products should be withdrawn immediately:


What are your rights if your flight is cancelled?

Over the weekend, hundreds of flights from Manchester Airport were cancelled due to a major power cut.

Passengers flying from Terminals 1 and 2 were told not to go to the airport, while those already inside faced huge delays.

Flights finally started departing this morning, but what are your rights if yours has been cancelled?

Watch: Travel disruption after Manchester Airport power cut

Here's what you need to know

Your flight is covered by UK law if it departs from a UK airport, arrives at a UK airport on a UK or EU airline, or arrives at an EU airport on a UK airline.

Under UK law, if your flight is cancelled, the airline must either give you a refund or book you on an alternative flight - either with them or a rival airline.

It is up to you whether you still want to travel at that time - or reschedule your holiday for a later date.

If another airline is flying "significantly sooner" than yours is able to offer, you may have the right to be booked onto a rival flight, but this has to be negotiated with the company.

What are the airline's policies?

As well as being covered under UK aviation law, each airline has its own cancellation policy for customers.

EasyJet allows customers to either switch to another flight for free, choose a voucher for the full value of the booking, or request a refund.

Ryanair passengers can either claim a full refund or change to an alternative flight, while TUI passengers with cancelled flights should receive a full refund within 14 days - and you may also be entitled to compensation.

British Airways passengers are offered a full refund, while Wizz Air allows passengers to request a refund or rebook onto the next available flight.

If you have booked through a tour operator or travel agent, they will have their own policies.

What if you've booked a package holiday?

If your flight is cancelled, and you've booked a package holiday, you have the same rights as any other passenger, according to trade association ABTA.

You also have additional rights regarding the rest of your holiday.

Typically, your travel company will contact you in advance to re-arrange your flights.

But, if you're at the airport when the flight is cancelled, you should contact your travel company to talk through your options, ABTA said.

If your flight can't be rearranged and your holiday has to be cancelled, or new arrangements are made that result in a significant change to your holiday, then the travel company must offer an alternative holiday if they can.

If not, they must offer a refund of the full package price, not just the flight part.

Generally, a change of more than 12 hours on a 14-night holiday is considered a significant change.

Money blog: Nesquik apologises and abandons 'vile' new recipe (2024)


What happened to strawberry Nesquik? ›

Nestlé announced that it had discontinued its Nesquik flavoured milk drink owing to a drop in sales and lower demand for the product, the company said. The chocolate and strawberry 250-gram and 500-gram drinks were discontinued as of 21 August, the company announced.

Did Nesquik change their formula? ›

Nestlé has ditched its new formula for Nesquik milkshakes after receiving backlash from loyal customers complaining of “vile sludge”. The food and drink company changed its recipe for its classic milkshake powder earlier this year, but has since admitted it has “not been popular” and announced plans to change it back.

Is Nesquik halal? ›

Can I have Nesquik on a Halal diet? Yes, our Chocolate, Banana and Strawberry Milkshake Powders are all Halal certified.

Why are they taking Nesquik off the market? ›

You would have to be as fast as Nesquik's mascot, Quicky the bunny, to get your hands on the flavoured milk drink as Nestlé is no longer restocking SA shelves. Nestlé announced Nesquik has discontinued due to a drop in sales and lower demand.

What was the old name for Nesquik? ›

Nesquik® 's chocolate milk powder was first introduced in the US in 1948 under the name Nestlé Quik. The instant chocolate drink was a big hit, a quick and tasty addition to milk that the whole family loved. Nestlé Quik launched in Europe in the 1950s under a new name, Nesquik®.

Is Nesquik discontinued in the USA? ›

It is sold throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Middle East, South America, and parts of North America. It is currently available in 43 countries. In 2012, Cereal Partners discontinued its distribution of Nesquik Cereal from the US market for reasons unstated by the company.

Why was Vanilla Nesquik discontinued? ›

Nesquik Strawberry Powder was introduced prior to 1960. Nesquik Vanilla Powder was introduced in 1979, but this was discontinued in 2006 due to low sales.

Why was banana Nesquik discontinued? ›

Unfortunately, Banana was discontinued due to low sales volume.

Is Nesquik a rabbit or bunny? ›

Quicky is a rabbit character that Nestlé's chocolate-focused brand Nesquik uses as their official mascot. The mascot made his debut in 1973. Quicky's cereal box appearance and given name evokes associations with speed and easiness within the consumers mind.

What kind of milk is in Nesquik? ›

NESQUIK® comes in a variety of delicious flavors in a resealable bottle, perfect when you're on the go. Our low fat products are made with 1% milk and our fat free products are made with fat free milk.

Can Nesquik be unrefrigerated? ›

How should I store NESQUIK? Unopened, NESQUIK Ready-To-Drink can be stored at room temperature. Once opened, product has to be refrigerated. NESQUIK Powder should be stored in a dry, cool location.

Is Nesquik being discontinued in the US? ›

Though many cereals created under Cereal Partner Worldwide went on to be commercial successes, the last time a Nesquik Cereal commercial seems to have aired in the U.S. was back in 2001. The product was allegedly discontinued in 2012, meaning it was only in American grocery stores for a little more than a decade.

What is the issue with Nesquik? ›

Nestle USA decided to recall the powder after supplier Omya Inc. issued its own recall of calcium carbonate, a Nesquik ingredient, amid concerns that salmonella was present in some batches. Nesquik hasn't caused any illness or adverse health effects so far, to the best of Nestle's knowledge, the company said.

Why was Nesquik recalled? ›

About 200,000 cans of NESQUIK chocolate drink powder have been recalled after Nestle was notified that a certain ingredient may be contaminated with Salmonella, posing a potential health risk for consumers.

Does strawberry milk still exist? ›

Say hello to Borden's Strawberry Milk. This is the perfect treat for anytime of the day for you and your family. Packed with protein and calcium, this milk is sure to be a hit.

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