Original Pizza Shapes flavour returns, but not to NZ

  • 08/09/2016
Arnott's shapes (Arnott's/Facebook)
Arnott's shapes (Arnott's/Facebook)

Australian Pizza Shapes lovers are rejoicing - Arnott's has returned to the original flavour.

However, there's bad news for Kiwi fans -  Arnott's says it isn't going to reinstate the original recipe here.

"Funny how everyone hates the new shapes and you always reply to bad reviews with how you have no plan to bring back the old flavours and that the polls showed how everyone tested loved the new shapes. But in Australia they are advertising the 'original' flavoured shapes are back' mmhmm very popular. Just bring them back your change failed badly!" says one angry Kiwi on Facebook.

The biscuit manufacturer overhauled its recipe earlier in year to improve the product's health rating.

While they kept original top-sellers barbecue, savoury and chicken crimpy on shelves, they dropped the old pizza flavour for a "new and improved" one.

However, this sparked anger among consumers, who attacked the new flavour as "disgusting", and took to social media in droves to demand a reinstatement.

"My daughter told me a story about how when the kids at school get packs of new recipe shapes for recess they tip them out on the ground and stomp on them... That's how much they hate the new flavours! Kids don't even like it! Seriously guys, listen to your customers," says another angry Kiwi on Facebook.

One Kiwi has been forced to import Shapes by the box to ensure a supply of his favourites.

"Aussies have clearly shown us the love they have for Original Pizza Shapes and we're happy to announce the product will be returning to shelves over the coming weeks," the company said in a statement.

"We've been humbled by Australia's passion for Shapes and would like to thank our fans for their patience. We hope to now have the best Shapes range for Shapes-lovers old and new."

However, a spokesperson says there are no plans to bring the original Shapes back to New Zealand, as Kiwis didn't complain enough and sales data showed the new recipe was selling well.