Rileys Crisps

Who remembers Rileys Crisps? Alongside standard flavours such as Cheese & Onion and Salt & Vinegar, Rileys created some pretty unusual ones, including New Potatoes with Mint, Scampi & Lemon and Grouse flavour. Rileys Crisps was founded in 1947, just after the end of the Second World War, by Bill Riley, son of a fishContinue reading “Rileys Crisps”

When is a crisp packet not a crisp packet?

If you’re a keen crisp collector, vintage crisp packets can be quite a draw. But buyer beware, particularly of ‘unused’ crisp packets. It wouldn’t cost very much to print something that looks vintage, so unused packets may not be what they seem. A quick online marketplace search for ‘old crisp packets’, for instance, brought upContinue reading “When is a crisp packet not a crisp packet?”

Two Farmers’ compostable crisp bags

In 2019, Two Farmers became the first company to pack their crisps in compostable bags. The bags are made from cellulose & sustainably grown eucalyptus trees, and are 100% plastic-free. They are designed to compost down in 26 weeks. You can read more about it here. Update: Which? has just issued a report on worstContinue reading “Two Farmers’ compostable crisp bags”

Crisp packaging

In the early years, crisps were sold in bulk from barrels or glass display cases or supplied to customers in tins. This limited the production possibilities. In 1927, Laura Scudder entered the crisp business, with the Laura Scudder Potato Chip Factory. She was a packaging innovator: she started paying her workers to take home sheetsContinue reading “Crisp packaging”