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Lays's salt & vinegar chips

Goodbye to Lay’s Salt & Vinegar chips in SA

PepsiCo/Simba has culled its Lay’s Salt & Vinegar chips due to tepid sales, a decision that’s caused a stir among South African lovers of this establishment flavour.

“At the end of 2019, Lay’s Salt and Vinegar flavoured potato chips were not performing as well from a sales perspective vis-à-vis the other flavours in our range – which, amongst other insights, led us to believe that our consumers liked other flavours better,” a spokesperson told Business Insider South Africa.

“The business had to take a tough call on whether it was time to give that ‘share of shelf space’ to an alternative, better-performing flavour – which is why we have discontinued the Lay’s Salt and Vinegar flavoured chips.”

An online petition has also been started on to convince Lay’s to reconsider its decision. “Salt and Vinegar isn’t just a flavour, it’s South Africa’s flavour,” according to the petition organisers.

Lay’s is the world’s biggest chip brand, on sale in 100 countries.

It says that South Africans have a specific preference when it comes to chip flavours. Here spicy flavours tend to do well, whereas (broadly speaking)  in the rest of the world cheesy flavours tend to fare better, a spokesperson said.

The top-selling Lay’s chips remain the salted flavour, but the Caribbean onion and balsamic vinegar, and Thai sweet chilli are close contenders. Lay’s says new flavours are planned for South Africa.

Source: Business Insider SA

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