Farmer Browns snacks from Smiths

80’s commercial for Farmer Browns snacks from Smiths.

Smith’s Potato Crisps Ltd. was formed by Frank Smith in the UK after World War I. 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 to Pepsico in the 1990s.

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Walkers Crisps

1980 Walkers Crisps commercial “Say Cheese”.

Jon Walkers is now owned by Frito-Lay, which in turn is a subsidiary of Pepsico. It is still a significant presence in Leicester and sponsor Leicester City football team’s stadium, the Walkers Stadium. Gary Lineker, formerly a Leicester City footballer, is now the face of the company, starring in most of their advertising campaigns. The official website states that an estimated “11 million people will eat a Walkers product every day”. The company employs over 4000 people in 15 locations.

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