Nestlé Includes GPS Tracker in Kit-Kat Bars, Winners Receive $16,000
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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United Kingdom-based chocoholics will likely have an extra special treat included in their Nestlé’s Kit-Kat bar.

The candy maker has announced it is placing a GPS tracker inside four versions of Kit-Kat bars across the pond as part of its “We Will Find You Campaign.” The select bars, which hit shelves earlier this month, include Kit-Kat 4 Finger, Kit-Kat Chunky, Yorkie Milk and Aero Peppermint.

While the candy bar will appear like a regular Kit-Kat, the navigation device can be found inside the wrapper. When select Nestlé customers unwrap their candy bars, the GPS device will activate, alerting Nestlé.  A “prize team” will then locate the winner within 24 hours and hand him or her a check for £10,000 (the equivalent of $16,000). The six winners must return the devices upon retrieving their prize, according to Nestlé’s terms and conditions.

Rebecca Boyle of POPSCI describes Nestlé’s GPS-enabled candy bars as “a 21st-century version of Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket.”

Nestlé’s latest campaign is geared towards men, who are thought to rely heavily on navigation devices. The Swiss company is supporting the marketing efforts with television ads and a smartphone campaign where users are directed to scan QR codes on Kit-Kat ads or use NFC-equipped phones to enter an online competition. The snack company will be awarding an additional number of prizes online via Facebook. Those winners will be notified immediately through an on-screen pop-up message and by email one working day from prize verification.

With 150 Kit-Kat bars consumed worldwide every second, imagine how much consumer data can be transferred to Nestlé headquarters. We reached out to Nestlé UK for comment, but they did not disclose their plans for the data aggregated.

Will Nestlé bring their GPS tracking ways stateside? Tell us what you think about the company’s decision to sell GPS-enabled candy bars in the comments section.

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Janel Martinez

With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina,,, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.   Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.