Nestle confectionary products - including BreakAway, KitKat, Smarties, Blue Riband, Fruit Pastilles and Randoms - are seen in a bowl at the company's Product Technology Centre in York, Britain, March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo
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