Waitrose slab chocolate - 3 for £3
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Waitrose slab chocolate - 3 for £3

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Found 30th Jul
Waitrose slab chocolate. 6 different varieties.
Waitrose have agreed to stop selling these slab chocolate products following complaint from a well known chocolate manufacturer once current sticks have been cleared.
Waitrose originally had these on sale at £2.50 a bar and gradually been introducing various offers to get rid of the remaining stock, the new offer of 3 for £3 is the best so far.
The chocolate is of a good quality certainly worth a £1 a bar. Stocks are limited
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Hotel Chocolat not Hotel Chocolate. Pastime not Past time. Big company tries to imitate much smaller company's product - damn right the law is there to protect blatant copyright infringement.
Calaisjar1 h, 8 m ago

Hotel Chocolat not Hotel Chocolate. Pastime not Past time. Big company …Hotel Chocolat not Hotel Chocolate. Pastime not Past time. Big company tries to imitate much smaller company's product - damn right the law is there to protect blatant copyright infringement.


Just look at supermarket branded breakfast cereals, snack bars, icecreams - all have imitations of other brands - and this is nothing compared to those, it's utter nonsense.
Copyright? It's a bar chocolate
For all those wondering who the well known chocolate manufacturer is .................Hotel Chocolate! Soon this country will be like America where suing is a national past time and adds a small fortune to the cost of a product!
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For all those wondering who the well known chocolate manufacturer is .................Hotel Chocolate! Soon this country will be like America where suing is a national past time and adds a small fortune to the cost of a product!
Hotel Chocolat not Hotel Chocolate. Pastime not Past time. Big company tries to imitate much smaller company's product - damn right the law is there to protect blatant copyright infringement.
Copyright? It's a bar chocolate
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Anyway, back to the post! Hot from me, thanks for posting the deal!
I'm off to my local Waitrose to see if they have any in store, right now!!
mikecml11 m ago

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Hilarious how you 'prove your point' with an image that only serves to show just how blatantly the copyright has been breached both a) in the near identical packaging design and b) in the near identical shape and texture of the chocolate.
It's still no bargain at £1 for just 90 gms of very indifferent chocolate - try it once and you're unlikely to want to buy any more.
Waitrose accused of copying Hotel Chocolat , but looking at it objectively, they're away with the fairies. They're not the first chocolate manufacturer to put bits and pieces in a chocolate bar.

Hotel Chocolat sell on quality (allegedly) so they should be happy to let people decide on taste.

How many segmented rectangular chocolate bars are there? Can't remember hearing about any lawsuits.
tinca43 m ago

For all those wondering who the well known chocolate manufacturer is …For all those wondering who the well known chocolate manufacturer is .................Hotel Chocolate! Soon this country will be like America where suing is a national past time and adds a small fortune to the cost of a product!


Waitrose one is mostly sugar, Hotel Chocolat one is mostly cocoa. £1 a bar is a bit steep TBH. Waitrose ripoff small company's design idea but without any of the quality ingredients.

I'd be fuming if I was Hotel Chocolat and fair play to them.
Totally trying to compete with Hotel Chocolat

Compete not Copy, their is a difference.. kinda
I'm sure if Waitrose were to change their packaging to be more like M&S "chocolate slabs" (same see-through plastic but in more cardboard) they would be able to sell their superior (and cheaper) product.
Anyway...I've now bought a lot at £1 whereas i didn't really enjoy the Hotel Chocolat versions I got last Christmas in a Choco Hamper (especially knowing what they cost )
Calaisjar1 h, 8 m ago

Hotel Chocolat not Hotel Chocolate. Pastime not Past time. Big company …Hotel Chocolat not Hotel Chocolate. Pastime not Past time. Big company tries to imitate much smaller company's product - damn right the law is there to protect blatant copyright infringement.


Just look at supermarket branded breakfast cereals, snack bars, icecreams - all have imitations of other brands - and this is nothing compared to those, it's utter nonsense.
Is the hotel chocolat amnesty still running? If you took the waitrose one to them they would switch it for you.
That's the EU for you… competition killers
Newbold1 h, 47 m ago

It's still no bargain at £1 for just 90 gms of very indifferent chocolate …It's still no bargain at £1 for just 90 gms of very indifferent chocolate - try it once and you're unlikely to want to buy any more.


I thought the hotel chocolat stuff was very average too. Honestly I like Lidl’s basic 39p bar more
indianajon23 m ago

That's the EU for you… competition killers


Daily Mail reader?
indianajon23 m ago

That's the EU for you… competition killers


[citation needed]
Murtin2 h, 4 m ago

Waitrose one is mostly sugar, Hotel Chocolat one is mostly cocoa. £1 a bar …Waitrose one is mostly sugar, Hotel Chocolat one is mostly cocoa. £1 a bar is a bit steep TBH. Waitrose ripoff small company's design idea but without any of the quality ingredients.I'd be fuming if I was Hotel Chocolat and fair play to them.


Hotel Chocolat can hardly be described as a small company - surprised it's not being referred to as 'artisan' or 'craft'. It's just a company whose product is over priced and somewhat mediocre.
When looking at the Waitrose branded bars and the Hotel Chocolat ones, I doubt any reasonable person could confuse the two. It's a bar of chocolate not an technological advance in engineering.
qbs22 m ago

Hotel Chocolat can hardly be described as a small company - surprised it's …Hotel Chocolat can hardly be described as a small company - surprised it's not being referred to as 'artisan' or 'craft'. It's just a company whose product is over priced and somewhat mediocre.


How mediocre?

Cocoa is expensive, Hotel Chocolat are expensive for sure, but when you use quality ingredients then your overheads are going to be high. They also have a smaller volume of production compared to say Cadbury's, so will be more expensive.

Taste is subjective but perhaps you're just used to eating rubbish chocolate (Cadburys/Mars) and your palette requires refinement?

Compared to Waitrose, they're a tiny company and they simply had to protect their brand.
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FindMeInBrazil30th Jul

Is the hotel chocolat amnesty still running? If you took the waitrose one …Is the hotel chocolat amnesty still running? If you took the waitrose one to them they would switch it for you.


"During the row, Hotel Chocolat declared a chocolate “amnesty”, offering anyone who had bought a £2 Waitrose bar the chance to exchange it for one of the chocolatier’s own, which usually sell for £3.95. Thirlwell said the amnesty would be extended until Waitrose had finished selling off its stock of the bars."
Kit kat, slabs, sugar tax, is chocolate even legal anymore!!!!! I hope not as it will then obviously taste even better
Murtin19 m ago

How mediocre? Cocoa is expensive, Hotel Chocolat are expensive for sure, …How mediocre? Cocoa is expensive, Hotel Chocolat are expensive for sure, but when you use quality ingredients then your overheads are going to be high. They also have a smaller volume of production compared to say Cadbury's, so will be more expensive. Taste is subjective but perhaps you're just used to eating rubbish chocolate (Cadburys/Mars) and your palette requires refinement?Compared to Waitrose, they're a tiny company and they simply had to protect their brand.


Not sure why you are comparing Hotel Chocolat volume with Cadbury. What is the volume vs Waitrose?

I personally don't see the massive fuss yes it looks similar, but one I can only buy in Waitrose and the other can't be bought in Waitrose. It's not like they are competing head to head in the same shop.
GAVINLEWISHUKD30th Jul

Not sure why you are comparing Hotel Chocolat volume with Cadbury. What is …Not sure why you are comparing Hotel Chocolat volume with Cadbury. What is the volume vs Waitrose?I personally don't see the massive fuss yes it looks similar, but one I can only buy in Waitrose and the other can't be bought in Waitrose. It's not like they are competing head to head in the same shop.


Who knows? It's just a comparison but yes what you said is a fair point. Dare say someone else makes JL group chocolate for them, as I'm sure you're aware Waitrose are part of a larger "family".
Calaisjar3 h, 18 m ago

Hilarious how you 'prove your point' with an image that only serves to …Hilarious how you 'prove your point' with an image that only serves to show just how blatantly the copyright has been breached both a) in the near identical packaging design and b) in the near identical shape and texture of the chocolate.


The operative word being 'near' nuff said!
Murtin42 m ago

How mediocre? Cocoa is expensive, Hotel Chocolat are expensive for sure, …How mediocre? Cocoa is expensive, Hotel Chocolat are expensive for sure, but when you use quality ingredients then your overheads are going to be high. They also have a smaller volume of production compared to say Cadbury's, so will be more expensive. Taste is subjective but perhaps you're just used to eating rubbish chocolate (Cadburys/Mars) and your palette requires refinement?Compared to Waitrose, they're a tiny company and they simply had to protect their brand.


I wouldn't mention chocolate in the same sentence as Cadbury (don't you mean Mondelez) or Mars.
I just wasn't impressed with Hotel Chocolat. They're selling on an image rather than outright quality., a bit like Thorntons.

No need to refine my palette, nor for you to be so superior/condescending.

How big or small they are is irrelevant. If you're going to try and copyright a shape, it's a dangerous road for all concerned. Hotel Chocolat's shape isn't original, nor is adding bits and bobs to a chocolate bar, so what's their gripe?

If it was as good as they, and, apparently you, think, they wouldn't have a problem with fair competition.
Edited by: "qbs" 30th Jul
qbs1 h, 27 m ago

Hotel Chocolat can hardly be described as a small company - surprised it's …Hotel Chocolat can hardly be described as a small company - surprised it's not being referred to as 'artisan' or 'craft'. It's just a company whose product is over priced and somewhat mediocre.


Hmm. The exact wording used was ‘smaller company”

And yes 100m revenues is dramatically smaller than £5bn revenues.
Want!
Will never buy from Hotel Chocolat again. It's a chocolate bar, they need to calm down. Deserve to go out of business.
You HUKD folk are a contentious people...
I think hotel Chocolat is overrated anyway.
I wish someone would copy Cadburys "near" their older recipe.
Newbold5 h, 6 m ago

It's still no bargain at £1 for just 90 gms of very indifferent chocolate …It's still no bargain at £1 for just 90 gms of very indifferent chocolate - try it once and you're unlikely to want to buy any more.


Disagree completely. I've had a few of the caramel crunch ones and they are very good. I'd buy them over some of the Hotel Chocolat ones any day. Apart from the Hotel Chocolat honey pistachio bar, that's next level.
Hopefully Waitrose will bring them back just in a different shape.
Calaisjar2 h, 44 m ago

Hmm. The exact wording used was ‘smaller company”And yes 100m revenues is d …Hmm. The exact wording used was ‘smaller company”And yes 100m revenues is dramatically smaller than £5bn revenues.


"Today, we have 103 shops as well as cafés and restaurants, we’ve opened our first three boutiques in Copenhagen and we have a hotel on our working cocoa plantation in the Caribbean."

Smaller than Waitrose, but bigger than......fill it in yourself. I can't be bothered. Small or smaller - semantics. The inference was that David was being bullied by Goliath. What piffle.

If you're going to quote figures, you need to quote figures that are relevant. In case you hadn't noticed, Waitrose don't just sell chocolate, so you need to compare figures for chocolate bar sales only. Good luck with that.

I wonder what the reaction of Hotel Chocolat would be if Joanne Harris had a go at them as they had, to use Thirlwell's words, "ripped off" her book?
Edited by: "qbs" 30th Jul
This discussion is more heated than Brexit politics.
Chuggee41 m ago

This discussion is more heated than Brexit politics.



Brexit and politics are both banned though.
qbs1 h, 19 m ago

"Today, we have 103 shops as well as cafés and restaurants, we’ve opened ou …"Today, we have 103 shops as well as cafés and restaurants, we’ve opened our first three boutiques in Copenhagen and we have a hotel on our working cocoa plantation in the Caribbean."Smaller than Waitrose, but bigger than......fill it in yourself. I can't be bothered. Small or smaller - semantics. The inference was that David was being bullied by Goliath. What piffle.If you're going to quote figures, you need to quote figures that are relevant. In case you hadn't noticed, Waitrose don't just sell chocolate, so you need to compare figures for chocolate bar sales only. Good luck with that. I wonder what the reaction of Hotel Chocolat would be if Joanne Harris had a go at them as they had, to use Thirlwell's words, "ripped off" her book?


"If you're going to quote figures, you need to quote figures that are relevant. In case you hadn't noticed, Waitrose don't just sell chocolate, so you need to compare figures for chocolate bar sales only"

No, you don't, your logic is way off here.

The point is that a company that is 50 times larger than another company can see a segment of the market that it wants to play in and will often try to rip off the smaller company's IP and use its muscle to gain market share until the smaller company is run out of business.

I am grateful where we live in a land where that is not allowed.

Without the ability for smaller companies to defend their intellectual property and their brand, there would be no smaller companies and in their absence there would be limited innovation and oligopolistic price fixing.
qbs4 h, 27 m ago

I wouldn't mention chocolate in the same sentence as Cadbury (don't you …I wouldn't mention chocolate in the same sentence as Cadbury (don't you mean Mondelez) or Mars.I just wasn't impressed with Hotel Chocolat. They're selling on an image rather than outright quality., a bit like Thorntons.No need to refine my palette, nor for you to be so superior/condescending.How big or small they are is irrelevant. If you're going to try and copyright a shape, it's a dangerous road for all concerned. Hotel Chocolat's shape isn't original, nor is adding bits and bobs to a chocolate bar, so what's their gripe?If it was as good as they, and, apparently you, think, they wouldn't have a problem with fair competition.


I don't understand how waitrose get all this bad press for allegedly copying a chocolate bar and yet both Aldi and Lidl get away with riping off practically every brand under the sun with their own copy cat packaging of popular brands.
jordanc9329 m ago

I don't understand how waitrose get all this bad press for allegedly …I don't understand how waitrose get all this bad press for allegedly copying a chocolate bar and yet both Aldi and Lidl get away with riping off practically every brand under the sun with their own copy cat packaging of popular brands.


Yeah, Aldi and Lidl are even worse if anything. At least Waitrose didn't rip off the name.
But two wrongs don't make a right, n'all that.
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