Walkers French Fries 1986

Walkers is a British snack food manufacturer mainly operating in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Walkers was founded in 1948 in Leicester, England by Henry Walker, and acquired by Lay’s owner, Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, in 1989.  It is best known for manufacturing potato crisps, and other, non-potato-based snack foods. They hold 56 percent of the British crisps market.  The Walkers site in Leicester is the largest crisp production plant in the world, producing over 11 million bags of crisps per day and using about 800 tons of potatoes.

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1980s Ringos

ringosFounded in Stoneyburn in 1947 by the Scottish bakery owner William Alexander, the company was named after the Golden Wonder potato. The company originally had five manufacturing sites. Four sites produced crisps, two in Scotland and two in England (Widnes and Corby). The Welsh site at Crumlin produced the “Pot Noodle”. The company was owned by various parent companies including Imperial, Hansen, and was then acquired by UK-based Dalgety plc in 1987.   Its notable brands have included,”Wotsits”, “Ringos”, “Jungle Fresh” peanutsand Pot Noodle, which ceased to carry Golden Wonder branding after the brand (but not the manufacturing business itself) was sold to Unilever. In July 1995 Best Foods paid Dalgety plcabout $280 million for its Golden Wonder Pot Noodle instant hot snacks manufacturing business.

In 2006, the company was bought by Tayto.

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1980s KP Good n Crunchy Crisps

kp logoKP Snacks is a British producer of branded and own-label maize-, potato-, and nut-based snacks, “Choc Dips” and nuts. The KP originally stood for Kenyon Produce. The company is based in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England.

The company was founded in 1853 as Kenyon & Son as a producer of confectionery, jam and pickles. By 1891 the company had become Kenyon & Son and Craven Limited. The company switched to producing roasted and salted hazelnuts in 1948, expanding to peanuts later. These were originally produced for sale in cinemas. In 1952 the company introduced Hercules Nuts and in 1953 the No.1 KP Nuts peanut brand.

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1980s Smiths Crisps

Smiths-CrispsSmith’s Potato Crisps Ltd. was formed by Francis Leigh Smith in the UK after World War 1. The firm started in Cricklewood, London, reputedly in Smith’s garage. In 1927 the company expanded into a factory in Brentford, London. This was enlarged in 1930. During the depression Smith travelled to Australia to expand the business. Smiths was later owned by Nabisco, BSN and finally sold toPepsiCo in the 1990s. Subsequently Pepsico withdrew the brand, in favour of Walkers, which had been heavily marketed in a campaign using footballer Gary Lineker. Many of the products previously owned by Smiths are now labelled as Walkers, although there are still several Smiths branded crisps.

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1988 Smiths Squares feat Lenny Henry

Smith’s Potato Crisps Ltd. was formed by Francis Leigh Smith in the UK after World War 1. The firm started in Cricklewood, London, reputedly in Smith’s garage. In 1927 the company expanded into a factory inBrentford, London. This was enlarged in 1930. During the depression Smith travelled to Australia to expand the business. Smiths was later owned by Nabisco, BSN and finally sold to Pepsi Co in the 1990s. Subsequently Pepsico withdrew the brand, in favour of Walkers, which had been heavily marketed in a campaign using footballer Gary Lineker. Many of the products previously owned by Smiths are now labelled as Walkers, although there are still several Smiths branded crisps.

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