January 17, 1992 |
Frito-Lay Inc. said yesterday that it was closing its meat-snack plant in Bensalem as part of the company's effort to become more competitive. The plant, which employs about 70 workers, has made dried-beef snacks under the Rustler's Roundup brand name. Frito-Lay said the plant was too small and lacked space for expansion. The Bensalem plant is to be closed within 90 days. After that, the snacks will be made under contract at the Folcroft plant of GoodMark Foods Inc. GoodMark, which makes such meat snacks as Slim Jims, said the additional business from Frito-Lay was not likely to require expansion at the Folcroft plant.
May 25, 1996 |
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the nation's $6.5 billion salty snack-food industry for possible antitrust practices, the latest in a series of high-profile government probes. "We are looking at the possibility of anticompetitive practices in the snack-food industry," department spokeswoman Gina Talamona said yesterday. She declined to name any company under investigation, but Frito-Lay controls more than half the market for salty snack foods with products such as its Lays potato chips, Doritos, Rold Gold pretzels and Tostitos.
June 6, 1999 |
Take a walk down a supermarket snack-food aisle in the Philadelphia region, look around, lick your lips, and revel in the sheer couch-potato culinary pleasure. Pound for fatty pound, this is one of the best places in the nation - for potato chips. In a Giant supermarket in Bucks County on Friday, potato chip bags consumed a full 135 feet of shelf space, with seven brands and 34 styles or flavors. Elsewhere in the nation, potato-chip options might be half that, with national brands far more dominant.
November 7, 1994 |
Talk about trying to please. The folks at Frito-Lay have redesigned their Doritos Tortilla Chip to make the edges rounder - so customers will no longer experience that little jab in the roof of the mouth or back of the throat as they crunch. No more: Yum. Gulp. Oooh! Rounding the edges, the company says, will also decrease the crumbs in the bottom of the bag, because most of those are nothing more than sharp edges that broke off. The new, improved chip will be rolled out in January, according to Brock Leach, Frito-Lay vice president for brand marketing.
October 3, 2011
Arch Clark West, 97, the retired Frito-Lay executive credited with creating Doritos, died Sept. 20 in Dallas. Mr. West had a food-industry reputation when the Frito Co. recruited him as its marketing vice president in 1960. He had worked for Lever Bros. and Young & Rubicam in New York as a liaison between the creative teams and clients that included Jell-O. He was inspired to create Doritos after Frito merged with H.W. Lay & Co. in 1961. During a family vacation to California, "we were near San Diego and he stumbled on some little shack where they were making some interesting kind of chip," his daughter Jana Hacker said.
October 23, 2014 |
What began as a Deptford woman's "why not?" entry to a national potato chip contest has proved to be a moment of record in the annals of American snack history. Meneko Spigner McBeth's Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger chip proposal also has brought her national attention, $1 million, and possibly a new Audi. And there's the five-pound weight gain she jokes about. McBeth, 35, a Temple University Hospital medical-surgical nurse, was named the winner of the Frito-Lay "Do Us a Flavor" contest during a dinner in New York City on Monday evening.
March 19, 1990 |
Want to indulge in a big bag of potato chips but spare yourself that mega- dose of oil just oozing calories? Love butter, but just can't conscience that cholesterol? One day, you may be able to partake without guilt - well, less guilt, anyway. A fledgling Allentown company, Supercritical Processing Inc. (SCP), is marketing a process it says can extract the nasty elements from food, leaving intact healthier and less-fattening edibles. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has paid for some of SCP's research into removing cholesterol from butter, while the University of California at Davis and an egg company have financed its attempts to zap the cholesterol from eggs.
May 9, 1990 |
NO LOVE BETWEEN THEM A bit of a sticky wicket in Burbank yesterday when Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys crashed a news conference called by cousin Stanley Love - brother of Beach Boy Mike Love - who was about to announce his intention to become legal overseer of Wilson's estate and life. "I have heard of the charges by Stan Love, and I think they're outrageous," said Wilson, who dismissed allegations that therapist Eugene Landy controls his every move. Love contended that Landy abused his role as therapist by taking control of Wilson's finances and other aspects of the singer's life.
April 12, 1990 |
Three top male opera stars, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, will perform together in a summer concert - tied into the World Cup soccer tournament - that is expected to draw a worldwide TV audience of 800 million, organizers announced yesterday in Rome. The July 7 gig will be held in Rome's Terme di Caracalla theater and will feature a 186-piece orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta. The United States will be among nations receiving the telecast. CELEBRITY DOCKET Ivana Trump's lawyers went to court Tuesday to get permission to question dozens of Donald Trump's associates, Marla Maples among them, and to limit the number of documents The Donald's lawyers can ask of Ivana.
January 29, 1999 |
Some people think the competition in the Super Bowl is between two football teams. But what do they know? The ball game will be part of it, sure. But for many viewers the real action is the competition between Super Bowl advertisers. Last year, there was considerable debate over whether the best ad on the broadcast was the Tabasco commercial in which a mosquito blows up after biting a guy who'd put the hot stuff on his sandwich . . . or the Pepsi commercial in which a high-jumping skier shares a Pepsi with a migrating Canada goose . . . or Budweiser's series of ads in which Louie the Lizard, jealous of the frogs hired to croak Bud-weis-er, hires a ferret to eliminate them permanently.