Tayto (Northern Ireland)
Stephen Hutchinson, Chairman,Paul Allen, CEO
It employs 300 people at its plant beside Tandragee Castle (called "Tayto castle" as part of the advertising for the snacks) and remains the largest selling brand of crisps in Northern Ireland and the third biggest crisp and snack business in the United Kingdom. It owns the Golden Wonder, Ringos, Mr.Porky and Real Crisp brands.
Tayto (Northern Ireland) was formed in 1956 by the Hutchinson family and licensed the name and recipes of Tayto Crisps in the Republic of Ireland. The two companies operate entirely separately, but have a similar range of products.
On 13 January 2006 it was announced that Tayto (NI) was to acquire the Corby and Scunthorpe sites of the former Golden Wonder business and the contract to produce Mini Pringles for Procter & Gamble. This secured some 195 jobs out of 350 that were under threat following Golden Wonder's entry into administration on 9 January 2006.
On the 14 March 2008 it was announced that Tayto would acquire Red Mill Snack foods, making it the 3rd largest crisp manufacturer in the UK. Most of the Red Mill brands were transferred under the Golden Wonder umbrella but Mr. Porky's pork scratchings continue to be produced under Tayto, from the plant in Westhoughton, Bolton.
On the 21 January 2009 it was announced that Tayto has acquired Jonathan Crisp, the trading name of Natural Crisps Ltd, based in Staffordshire, England. The Tayto group, which is privately owned by the Hutchinson family, is headquartered in County Armagh, now has turnover of £150 million per annum and employs more than 1,400 people.
Like its counterpart in the Republic, its signature brand is Cheese and Onion flavour crisps. They also sell beef & onion, ready salted, smoky bacon, salt & vinegar, worcester sauce, prawn cocktail, spring onion, roast chicken and pickled onion flavoured crisps.
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