Mars shrinks chocolate bars; Nestle braces for tough 2012

Those king-size Mars and Snickers bars in vending machines are about to shrink to a more princely size.

By the end of 2013, confectionery giant Mars Inc.will sell only chocolate bars that are 250 calories or less, according to NPR. A full king-size Snickers bar contains more than 500 calories, according to Mars’ website.

But many of Mars’ other chocolate confections, including king-size 3 Musketeers and Milky Way bars already clock in under the 250-calorie mark.

In other sugary news, Swiss food Goliath Nestle SA -- its North American operations based in Glendale -- said that while it managed strong growth all over the world in 2011, repeating the trick in 2012 might be difficult.

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-- Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times

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