is a major Irish
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Potato chips are thin slices of potato that are deep fried...
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manufacturer, founded by Joe Murphy in 1954. Tayto invented the first Cheese & Onion crisps as well as the process of the seasoned potato chip/crisps. Tayto crisps are a cultural phenomenon in Ireland, and "Tayto" is sometimes used in Ireland as a synonym for crisps.
The company is currently owned by Largo Foods. It was previously owned by Cantrell & Cochrane, who were based in Coolock
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, County Dublin
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, until their factory was closed in September 2005, when production was outsourced to Largo. Largo agreed to purchase the brand from C&C in May 2006 for €62.3 million euro
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Tayto crisps come in several flavours: Cheese & Onion, Salt & Vinegar, Smokey Bacon, Ready Salted, Prawn Cocktail, and the limited edition flavour Tex Mex.
In the early 2000s, the company targeted the healthy eating market, with its low salt
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, low fat crisps, originally branded as Honest
. Tayto currently refers to this range as the Happy & Healthy range
Tayto also produce a number of other ranges of products:
Nuts and Popcorn Range
- Popcorn Pleasure
- Salted Peanuts
- Dry-roasted Peanuts
- Bacon Fries
Happy and Healthy Range
- Mighty Munch
- Jonny Onion Rings
- Treble Crunch Farmhouse Cheddar & Spring Onion
- Treble Crunch Sour Cream & Onion
- Velvet Crunch
- Bistro Cheese & Onion
- Bistro Caribbean Chutney
- Occasions Thai Sweet Chilli
- Occasions Mature Cheddar Cheese & Red Onion
- Occasions Tortillas Nacho Cheese
- Occasions Tortilla Original Cool
Tayto have used their mascot, Mr. Tayto
, in a number of marketing campaigns. In the 2007 Irish General Election, Tayto ran an advertising campaign with Mr. Tayto as a fake election candidate. Tayto have claimed that the number of spoiled votes in the Carlow-Kilkenny constituency indicate that some actually voted for their mascot, but this is purely speculative. Tayto were fined during the campaign for littering, due to their fake election posters being posted in public places.
In 2009, Tayto Ltd. published The Man Inside the Jacket
, a fictional autobiography of Mr Tayto. Tayto indicated that a percentage of the cover price would go to Irish charity Aware
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In 2006, Tayto tried to compel Irish band Toasted Heretic
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to destroy all copies of their album "Now in New Nostalgia Flavour", which featured an image based on the trademarked "Mr Tayto" icon, although the image had been used since 1988 on Toasted Heretic's cassette album "Songs for Swinging Celibates".