There is no truth to online rumors that the popular snack Flamin’ Hot Cheetos is being discontinued. Representatives for the chip manufacturer confirmed to Reuters that the claims are false.
Examples of Facebook posts announcing the brand’s discontinuation can be seen here and here .
Text image in the claims reads, “RIP Flaming Hots 1991-2021.” One share of the post reads: “Ohhhhh lorddd my chestttttt I need a box before they gone.”
“Yo flaming hot Cheetos being discontinued is racism,” said a Twitter user (here).
Reuters could not verify the direct cause of the false discontinuation claim. Still, speculation that the chips seemed to be in short supply appears to have been triggered by a tweet, visible archive.md/6RbI1 , which reads, “Theres a Hot Cheetos Shortage in the U.S right now. This shortage is mainly because of increased demand and tightening supply. Some stores are putting limitations on how many you can buy.”
A representative for Frito-Lay Media Services told Reuters via email that the company is “committed to making, moving and selling America’s favorite snacks. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos has not been discontinued.”
The company also responded to the circulating rumors by responding directly to customers.
A tweet from Cheetos mascot Chester Cheetah (here) reassured a fan of the brand that the chips were not being discontinued.
All available “Flamin’ Hot” Cheetos products along with information on where to find them can be seen on the Frito-Lay website www.fritolay.com/where-to-buy (search Cheetos).
False. Frito-Lay said it is not discontinuing its sale of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.
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