Nutella Strike? Twitter Users Aren't Happy About the Threat to Their Favorite Hazelnut Spread

The world's supply of Nutella, the beloved sweet spread made of cocoa and hazelnut, may be at risk after workers have blockaded the entrance to a major factory in protest of low wages. The blockade has caused the threat of "raw materials" running low, causing a bit of chaos at the Villers-Écalles factory in northern France.

The facility churns out 25 percent of the world's Nutella (600,000 jars a day) but it doesn't look like management is budging to the striking workers' request of a 4.5 percent wage increase and €900 ($1,013.59) bonus.

"The priority of the management of the factory is to protect those staff who are not striking and who are the majority and want to continue to work in good conditions," managers of Ferrero in France said in a statement.

Over 150 employees have been on strike since May 27 and no trucks "have gone in or out of the site since then," Fabrice Canchel of the Force Ouvrière (FO) union told the Guardian Monday.

"The raw materials are starting to run short," Canchel added.

Since news broke about the beloved spread being at risk, many consumers took to Twitter to express their worry and plans to stockpile the chocolatey goodness.

This is not the first time Nutella has made headlines. In 2015, a French minister caused an uproar by claiming the confection contributed to deforestation and climate change. Nutella reportedly is made up of 23 percent of palm oil, which is considered a controversial ingredient due to the amount of land needed.

"We have to replant a lot of trees because there is massive deforestation that also leads to global warming. We should stop eating Nutella, for example, because it's made with palm oil," Ségolène Royal said during an interview with French television network Canal+ at the time. "Oil palms have replaced trees and therefore caused considerable damage to the environment," she added, advocating that it be made with other ingredients.

Following the 2015 backlash, Ferrero issued a statement to Quartz, saying the palm oil used within Nutella represents a "mere 0.3 percent of the worldwide palm oil production" and that all of the company's products are 100 percent certified as sustainable according to the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil).

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The Ferrero plant, in Villers-Écalles, France, produces Nutella. Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images
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