The family business with huge ap-peel

Family owned Tayto Group Ltd has been making crisps and snacks at its Co Armagh base since 1956.

From humble beginnings, the company has been transformed into a major business producing more than one million packets of crisps each working day at the site. This year the company celebrates its diamond anniversary. It can reflect on a 60 year journey that has seen it become the manufacturer of Northern Ireland’s favourite crisps with a position as the UK’s largest indigenous crisp and snack manufacturer, with an annual turnover of more than £180 million.

Johnston Press NI Editorial Director Graeme Huston presents Elly Hunter of Tayto with her award

Johnston Press NI Editorial Director Graeme Huston presents Elly Hunter of Tayto with her award

The company was started after local visionary Thomas Hutchinson spotted a gap in the market for a locally produced snack.

He went on to buy a castle and created Tayto!

The company has subsequently been transformed from a place where several hundred tins of crisps were produced each week and salted by hand, to a multi million pound business manufacturing more than one million packets of crisps every day.