Skittles is entering the Pride month with colourless candies.
As part of its Give the Rainbow campaign, the Pride Pack will feature grey packaging and a faint red outline on the Skittles branding. The candy may follow a similar aesthetic to the company’s previous campaigns in grey-white and a black. It will be comprised of the original fruit flavours of strawberry, orange, grape, green apple and lemon.
GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement: “This Pride month, Skittles is removing its rainbow, but replacing it with much-needed conversations about the LGBTQ+ community and a visible stand of solidarity. The funding that GLAAD receives from the Skittles Pride Packs will support our news and campaigns program, which tells culture-changing stories of LGBTQ+ people and issues across the media year-round. This year when many LGBTQ+ people will be unable to gather at large Pride events, it’s so important that brands, notables, and other allies find authentic and creative ways to show that they stand with our community.”
The company will also donate $1USD from each pack sold this June to the LGBTQ+ group GLAAD and will raise up to $100,000 USD.
Hank Izzo, vice president of marketing, Mars Wrigley US said: “While Pride month certainly looks different this year, Skittles is passionate about showing its support for the LGBTQ+ community. We believe that giving up our rainbow means so much more than just removing the colors from our Skittles packs and we’re excited to do our part in making a difference for the LGBTQ+ community through our partnership with GLAAD, not only in June, but all year long.”