A local biscuit enthusiast has spoken openly about his nervousness about the recent Arnott’s buyout, privately telling family and friends that he hopes not changes are made to the company’s current product line. News broke earlier this week about the largescale buyout of the popular food manufacturer, set to enter the hands of US private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts for a mere $3.1 billion.
However, Watsonia man Darren Klapton seemed disinterested in the financial circumstances behind the sale, instead focusing on any potential changes to the product line. Speaking exclusively to The Watsonia Bugle, Klapton said, “Sometimes I forget just how many Arnott’s products sustain me on a day-to-day basis. I mean, it’s hard to fathom how one company can produce Shapes AND Tim Tams. What a bloody combo, mate! I just love all of them. I’m full nervous that they’re gonna change things up. I really hope not.”
Klapton claimed that his stress around the future of the Arnott’s product range had even impacted his appetite. He said, “Usually I can rip through a full packet of Shapes on me own, a couple of times a week. But I can’t even finish a pack now. That’s how I know something’s seriously wrong. And, when you actually stop and think about it, now is the time that I should be really boosting my intake so that the bean counters at the new owners know they’re onto a winner with Shapes.”