The iconic Irish snack food Tayto with an Andy Warhol twist.
Tayto Crisps is a major Irish crisps and popcorn manufacturer, founded by Joe Murphy in 1954.Tayto invented the first flavoured crisp production process.Tayto crisps are a cultural phenomenon in Ireland,and “Tayto” is used by most people in Ireland as a metonym for crisps.In November 2010, Tayto opened their own theme park called “Tayto Park” near Ashbourne, County Meath.
Tayto crisps come in several flavours: Cheese & Onion, Salt & Vinegar, Smokey Bacon, Prawn Cocktail, and the limited edition flavour Tex Mex.In the early 2000s, the company targeted the healthy eating market, with its low salt, low fat crisps, originally branded as Honest.Tayto currently refers to this range as the Happy & Healthy range.Tayto crisps pack with an Irish Gaelic inscription.
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 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.