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Will the old pancit canton be back? Maker speaks up

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MANILA, Philippines — Out with the old, in with the new. But is new always better than the old?

A few months ago, the popular Lucky Me! Pancit Canton had a "makeover." Its noodles became thicker, the seasoning became saucier and from square, its shape right from the package became round. But while the transformation was aimed to give a better experience for consumers, some did not seem to embrace the change.

The pancit canton became a trending topic on social media, with the loyalists begging the brand to bring back the old one.

The company, meanwhile, addressed the concerns and said the new version of the product is meant to be an improvement.

"Kasi dati bitin sila sa isa, so ngayon bigger. And the noodles kasi ngayon [are] smoother, so when you slurp it, it's supposed to give you that 'umami," Melissa Pabustan of Monde Nissin told Philstar.com at the media launch of the company's collaboration with clothing brand Uniqlo.

"But as with all changes, it takes sometime for people to get used to it," Pabustan added.

Pabustan said Monde Nissin's teams are in the phase of analyzing and evaluating what  the consumers liked about the old version so they can apply it to the new one.

"We are listening. It's not like we have done this, that's it. We are listening to consumers and carefully evaluating our options and we are working hard towards keeping that trust and love of consumers for our brand. So we're trying to balance the benefits of the improved version and the old one so we're getting there," she said.

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