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Walkers

14:39 Wed 26th May 2010 |

Walkers are one of the most recognised snack food brands in the UK. They are best known for manufacturing crisps. Other well known snack brands produced by Walkers include Quavers, Monster Munch, Wotsits, Chipsticks and Frazzles. Walkers prides itself on supporting the local community and claim that all their potatoes are UK grown.

Henry Walker, originally a butcher by trade, branched out into potatoes when meat became scarce in 1945 after the war. He cooked thin slices of potato as this was an increasingly popular snack food of the time. They sold well and in 1954 the first flavoured crisps were created, Cheese and Onion.

The company 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.

Notably, Walkers package their cheese and onion crisps in blue packets, and salt and vinegar in green. This is the opposite livery to most other UK crisp manufacturers, such as Hula Hoops, McCoys Crisps, Tayto and Golden Wonder.

Some of the more unusual flavours Walkers have produced over the years include Baked Bean, Marmite, Toasted Cheese and even Fish and Chips, Crispy Duck and Squirrel.

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