Toblerone: Chocolate brand forced to remove iconic Matterhorn mountain from its packaging

Chocolate brand Toblerone is being forced to remove the iconic Matterhorn mountain from its packaging as some of its production is moved from Switzerland to Slovakia.

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With Toblerone moving some of its production out of Switzerland, Swiss rules state national symbols are not allowed to be used to promote milk-based products that are not made exclusively in Switzerland. The packaging will replace Matterhorn with a more “generic” mountain peak.

Toblerone has a long history in Switzerland, having first been sold in the capital Bern in 1908. The Matterhorn mountain first featured on Toblerone packaging in 1970, according to the Toblerone website.

As well as replacing the mountain, the new packaging will also change the typeface and add the signature of the chocolate bars founder, Theodor Tobler. Owner of Toblerone, US based company Mondelez, said the new packaging would include a “distinctive new Toblerone typeface and logo that draw further inspiration from the Toblerone archives.”

Toblerone expects their production to be moved to Slovakia by the end of 2023. The chocolate is best known for its distinctive shape, a series of joined triangular prisms and lettering engraved in the chocolate.