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Lay's says South Africans prefer a different kind of chips than the rest of the world. Here’s our favourite flavour

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Lay's decision to can its salt and vinegar chips after weak sales has caused a stir among South African chip lovers, who generally prefer spicier flavours than the rest of the world.

“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.”

The decision was met with some despair on social media:




Please don’t approach me I’m going through a lot. It’s really hard to imagine a world without salt and vinegar lays

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Vicki Mac Callum@MissVickiMac

South Africa. You need to be strong before you read this. RIP Beloved Lays salt and vinegar. Gone too soon 

Lay's South Africa@LaysSouthAfrica
Replying to @LailaManie

Hi @LailaManie, unfortunately, Lay’s Salt & Vinegar Flavour has been discontinued and will no longer be available in the market. We however invite you to try our new Lay’s Sweet and Smoky American BBQ Flavour. We do hope you enjoy our other flavours from our range too. :)

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News24 @News24

Twitter explodes as Lay's South Africa confirms the salt and vinegar flavour is discontinued | @food24 

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Might as well discontinue alcohol in SA...cause alcohol tastes nicer with Salt and Vinegar Lays to snack on....

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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.

In South Africa, 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.

Lay’s is owned by Pepsico, which bought South African chips brand Simba twenty years ago.

The US giant is nearing the completion of a deal to buy Pioneer Foods, which owns Bokomo cereals, Liqui Fruit, Ceres Fruit Juice, SASKO bread, Safari dried fruit, Spekko and White Star maize.

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