Tayto (Republic of Ireland)

Tayto Crisps is a crisps and popcorn manufacturer within Ireland, founded by Joe Murphy in May 1954[1][2] and owned by German snack food company Intersnack.[3] Tayto invented the first flavoured crisp production process.[4] The first two seasoned crisps produced were Cheese & Onion and Salt & Vinegar.[5] Companies worldwide sought to buy the rights to Tayto's technique.[6] Tayto crisps are a cultural phenomenon throughout much of the Republic of Ireland,[7] so much so that in November 2010, Tayto opened their own theme park called "Tayto Park" near Ashbourne.[8]

Tayto Crisps
IndustryPotato crisps
Founded25 May 1954; 67 years ago (1954-05-25)
Ashbourne, County Meath
Area served

Tayto Crisps manufactured in the Republic of Ireland should not be confused with Tayto in Northern Ireland, which is a completely separate brand.


The Republic of Ireland company Tayto was owned by Largo Foods. It was previously owned by Cantrell and Cochrane, and was based in Coolock, County Dublin, 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.[9]

In 2015, Ray Coyle sold his remaining shares of Largo foods to German food company Intersnack, ending the Irish ownership of the company.[3] In Northern Ireland, Tayto Limited is still Northern Irish-owned, being owned and run by the Hutchinson family.[10]


A bowl of Tayto Cheese & Onion flavour potato crisps

Tayto crisps come in several flavours: Cheese & Onion, Salt & Vinegar, Smokey Bacon, Prawn Cocktail, and the limited edition flavour Tex Mex.[11]

In the early 2000s, the company targeted the healthy eating market, with its low salt, low fat crisps, originally branded as Honest.[12] Tayto currently refers to this range as the Happy & Healthy range.[13]

Tayto also produce a number of other ranges of products:[11]

Nuts and Popcorn Range

  • Popcorn Pleasure
  • Salted Peanuts
  • Dry-roasted Peanuts

Snacks Range

  • Chickatees
  • Bacon Fries
  • Snax
  • Mighty Munch – a corn snack available in Ireland that is shaped into the shape of a monster's hand or paw with three fingers and a hole in the palm.
  • Chipsticks
  • Ketchips
  • Waffles
  • Wheelies
  • Jonny Onion Rings
  • Snaps

Happy and Healthy Range

  • Treble Crunch Farmhouse Cheddar & Spring Onion
  • Treble Crunch Sour Cream & Onion
  • Velvet Crunch

Sharing Range

  • Bistro Cheese & Onion
  • Bistro Caribbean Chutney
  • Occasions Thai Sweet Chilli
  • Occasions Mature Cheddar Cheese & Red Onion
  • Occasions Tortillas Nacho Cheese
  • Occasions Tortilla Original Cool
  • Occasions Party Mix Four Cheese and Mediterranean Herbs
  • Occasions Bacon Fries


Tayto has used its mascot, Mr. Tayto, in a number of marketing campaigns with previous endorsers such as Westlife. In the 2007 Irish General Election, Tayto ran an advertising campaign with Mr. Tayto as a fake election candidate.[14] Tayto 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.[15] Tayto was fined during the campaign for littering, due to its fake election posters being posted in public places.[16]

In 2009, Tayto Ltd. published The Man Inside the Jacket, a fictional autobiography of Mr Tayto written by Maia Dunphy, Ciaran Morrison and Mick O'Hara. Tayto indicated that a percentage of the cover price would go to Irish charity Aware.

Tayto ParkEdit

In November 2010, Tayto, in association with Ray Coyle, a local businessman, opened a theme park, "Tayto Park", near Ashbourne in County Meath.[8]

Legal actionEdit

In 2006, Tayto tried to compel Irish band Toasted Heretic to destroy all copies of their album Now in New Nostalgia Flavour, which featured an image based on the trademarked "Mr Tayto" icon,[17] although the image had been used since 1988 on Toasted Heretic's cassette album Songs for Swinging Celibates.[18]


  1. ^ TaytoCrisps.ie Archived 5 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "THE TAYTO CRISP CO – Irish Company Info". SoloCheck. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Tayto Snacks becomes the crisp new name for Largo Foods". The Irish Times. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Obituary: Joe 'Spud' Murphy". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. 5 November 2001. Retrieved 8 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Joe 'Spud' Murphy: The Man Who Gave Potato Chips Flavor". HuffPost. 20 April 2012.
  6. ^ Hochman, Karen. "A History of the Potato Chip: Page 4: The First Salted & Flavored Potato Chips". The Nibble.
  7. ^ O'Connell, Brian (6 June 2009). "Two packets of Tayto and a bottle of TK ..." The Irish Times.
  8. ^ a b Casey, Ann. "Opening of Tayto Park near Ashbourne brings 85 jobs". The Meath Chronicle. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  9. ^ "C&C Group says to sell Tayto Crisps to Largo Food for 62.3 mln eur". Forbes. 7 May 2006.[dead link]
  10. ^ "After 35 years, the iconic face of Tayto Crisps has stepped away from his company". Fora.ie.
  11. ^ a b [1] Archived 18 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ [2] Archived 18 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ [3] Archived 17 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Tayto are mass littering the whole country " Damien Mulley". Mulley.net. 9 May 2007. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  15. ^ [4] Archived 11 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Don'T Fine Me, Urges Willie Over His Posters – By Anne Sheridan – Local – Limerick Leader". Limerickleader.ie. 6 June 2007. Archived from the original on 13 January 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  17. ^ "Toasted Heretic in battle with Tayto". Hot Press. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  18. ^ "Toasted Heretic original official website". Archived from the original on 7 December 2003. Retrieved 18 April 2010.

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