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Site manager Simon Devaney reveals the secret of Walkers’ success

Site manager Simon Devaney reveals the secret of Walkers’ success

the Leicester Mercury brings you this seldom-told story of The Biggest Crisp Factory in the World, a vast grey building in Leicester (United Kingdom) where Walkers produces seven million bags of potato chips (crisps) every day. The factory – you smell it before you see it; a heady whiff of fried potatoes hangs over the 16-hectare site – is the envy of the crisp-making world. They come here, crisp-makers from America, Europe, all corners of the savoury snack-loving globe, to see how Walkers do it. The site, bought by the company in 1982 to prepare for a predicted rise in demand, has put Leicester on the map, not just in the UK, but also around the world. So how do they do it? How does it work? How do they make the best crisps in the land at The Biggest Crisp Factory in the World? This is what we wanted to know. It seemed to take a long time to find out. There were phone calls to Walkers, diverted to a big PR firm in London, more e-mails and endless conversations that seemed to drag on and on. Why do you want to come here, they asked? What do you want to know? What does it all entail? They seemed to have more questions than us. It was like getting into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Finally, after months of to-ing and fro-ing a date was set. Come over, they said. We’ll show you how it works.  

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Some of Walkers current potato chips

Some of Walkers current potato chips

The six steps making to make potato chips:

  • The arrival of the potatoes (potato receiving)
  • Washing and peeling

The potato variety Lady Rosetta is bred specifically for the production of potato chips

The potato variety Lady Rosetta is bred specifically for the production of potato chips

According to a FAQ on the Walkers website, the company currently fries its crisps in a blend of Sunseed oil (a proprietary type of high oleic sunflower oil) and rapeseed oil. This blend is 75% lower in saturates than traditional cooking oils

According to a FAQ on the Walkers website, the company currently fries its crisps in a blend of Sunseed oil (a proprietary type of high oleic sunflower oil) and rapeseed oil. This blend is 75% lower in saturates than traditional cooking oils

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Inside Walkers - the biggest crisp factory in the world

Seven million bags of crisps are made every day on the outskirts of Beaumont Leys

  • 16:08, 10 JUL 2017
  • Updated 11:57, 20 SEP 2019

Site manager Simon Devaney reveals the secret of Walkers’ success

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This is the seldom-told story of The Biggest Crisp Factory in the World; a vast grey building right here, in Leicester, on the outskirts of Beaumont Leys, LE3. This is where seven million bags of crisps are made every day. Yep, you read that right. Seven million. 7,000,000 bags of crisps come out of the Walkers crisps plant every single day.

The factory – you smell it before you see it; a heady whiff of fried potatoes hangs over the 16-hectare site – is the envy of the crisp-making world. They come here, crisp-makers from America, Europe, all corners of the savoury snack-loving globe, to see how Walkers do it.

The site, bought by the company in 1982 to prepare for a predicted rise in demand, has put Leicester on the map, not just in the UK, but also around the world.

So how do they do it? How does it work? How do they make the best crisps in the land at The Biggest Crisp Factory in the World?

This is what we wanted to know. It seemed to take a long time to find out. There were phone calls to Walkers, diverted to a big PR firm in London, more e-mails and endless conversations that seemed to drag on and on.

Why do you want to come here, they asked? What do you want to know? What does it all entail?

They seemed to have more questions than us. It was like getting into Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

Finally, after months of to-ing and fro-ing a date was set.

Come over, they said. We’ll show you how it works.

First, though, some facts.

Walkers is the most popular crisp manufacturer in the country, making 11 different varieties of crisp and maize-flavoured snack, selling about 60 million bags every week. Apparently, 99 per cent of the population eat Walkers crisps. In a vibrant snack market – we are, if nothing else, a nation of crisp eaters – Walkers is The Daddy. It has a huge market share.

The firm has six manufacturing sites around the UK, employing 4,000 people. The biggest plant, though, is right here, where 1,100 people work in two enormous factories – Bursom Road and Leycroft Road – and a huge, fully-automated warehouse where enough crisps are stored to sustain a small country.

This is snack-making on a scale so huge, so vast, it’s hard to take it all in. The factory operates 24 hours a day, 363 days a year. It closes on two days a year – Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. And yet all of this, this kingdom of crisps, the Leicester-based empire of salty snacks, began more by luck than judgement.

Once upon a time, in the late 19th century, Victorian butcher Henry Walker bought a small shop in Leicester’s High Street.

The success of his business producing pork pies and sausages led Walker to search for bigger premises. He found them in Cheapside, near Leicester market. He bought the shop in 1912.

The world-famous Walkers crisp was born in 1948, when post-war meat rationing left Henry feeling the pinch.

Walker had a choice – either branch out or go bust. He was going to make ice-cream, but decided he didn’t have enough room in his fridges.

Instead, he made crisps, peeled and chopped by hand and cooked in beef dripping in a rusty old frier.

Walkers crisps were born.

It’s not hard making crisps, site manager Simon Devaney. It’s just one ingredient, after all. It’s not like creating some fancy, five-tiered cake.

What is hard is making the perfect crisp – and then making it again and again, perfect crisps, every day, every week, all the time.

That’s the key, says Simon, who has worked here for 13 years. Excellence and consistency. And this, he reckons, is where Walkers excels.

There are six steps to making crisps:

  • The arrival of the potatoes
  • Washing and peeling

That’s it. There is nothing more to it than that. It is just as you might expect.

What is impressive, though, is not necessarily what they do – but they way they do it, the size of the operation and how quickly a lorry full of potatoes are turned into crisps.

It takes just 20 minutes to make a bag of Walkers. They do it all – washing, scrubbing, slicing, frying, flavouring and bagging – in little more time than it would take you to nip to the shops, buy a bag and eat them.

This is the essence of Walkers, says Simon. Speed. Keeping the ingredients fresh.

We’re about to go on a tour, but first Simon wants to relieve me of everything I own.

No car keys. No phone. No watch. No wedding ring. No change. No glass, no plastic, no slightly-chewed Bic pen with removable parts.

I give Simon all of that. He gives me a hi-vis jacket and an Ena Sharples hair net. Men with beards have to wear beard nets, too. You can just imagine how dandy that looks. All this just in case I temporarily lose my marbles, presumably, and start throwing 5p pieces or bits of Biro into the crisps. “Can’t have that,” says Simon.

The Lady Rosetta is the queen of potatoes

Huge truck loads of potatoes arrive almost constantly at the Beaumont Leys site. Forty tonnes of potatoes, from one of 150 approved potato farms across the UK, are used here every hour. This is where the process begins.

“If you imagine the floor area of the Leicester Tigers stadium, and imagine that entire area covered with a carpet of potatoes – that’s how many we get through every single hour,” says Simon.

They use a potato called The Lady Rosetta at Walkers. It may sound like an underwhelming goth band from the 1980s, but The Lady Rosetta is the queen of potatoes.

“It doesn’t mash, it doesn’t boil or roast very well – it’s not a versatile potato – but chip it and fry it and it’s the best potato there is,” says Simon.

It’s not an accident that the Lady Rosetta is the finest potato for making crisps. It’s been developed that way, says Simon.

“We’ve researched its cell structure, its water content. It’s all been very carefully and purposefully developed.”

Little is left to chance in the construction of the nation’s favourite crisp. Farmers growing potatoes destined for the Walkers factory have a new app on their phones which can measure exactly how much moisture is in the ground, informing the farmer not only if the potatoes need watering, but also precisely how much water they need.

This is the appliance of crisp-making science, from the field to the bag.

'This is, surely, the worst job in the building'

The potatoes are placed into a giant drum and washed and scrubbed. No chemicals are used. Just water. The inside of the drum is lined with sandpaper. The process lasts for 45 seconds. The potatoes flip around the drum and roll out on to a conveyor belt. Some, you can’t help but notice, seem better scrubbed than others.

That doesn’t matter, says Simon. “We want only the very top layer to come off,” he says, “because most of the goodness in the potato is right under the skin.”

Spuds that don’t come up to scratch – potatoes that are too small, too bruised, covered in black eyes – are picked out by CCTV cameras, somehow re-routed from the conveyor belt and binned. It’s less than one per cent, says Simon.

The potatoes are about to be sliced. Just one man – sitting down, wearing gloves, overalls and a hairnet – stands in their way. It’s his job to check that no imperfect potatoes have managed to evade the CCTV cameras and slip through the net.

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He is the last in line. He looks, unsurprisingly, utterly bored. This is, surely, the worst job in the building: one man, and a conveyor belt of potatoes that never stops.

The poor chap must dream of potatoes, moving potatoes, rows and rows of them, every night.

Don’t worry, says Simon. “He gets regular breaks – and, thankfully, he doesn’t do it all day long.”

Three snare drum-sized steel @drums – each one equipped with razor-sharp steel blades – whirr constantly, slicing their way through acres of scrubbed and washed spuds.

This process, the cutting of the potatoes, never stops. The steel blades are replaced every 90 minutes.

It doesn’t sound long, says Simon. But they get through a lot of potatoes in an hour-and-a-half.

“We could perhaps leave them a bit longer – but that might compromise the quality of the slice,” he says. And you don’t want that, he adds.

We’re on the line where the Extra Crunchy range are made, so these potatoes are cut into exact 1.40mm slices.

“We like the crisps here to be a little bit thicker,” says Simon.

Sunseed is the king of oils

Slices of freshly-cut potato fall from the drum-sized slicers – flat, 1.4mm thick, perfectly formed – fall on to another conveyor belt and into a huge vat of boiling oil.

Sunseed oil, if you want to be exact. They’ve been doing all kinds of complicated scientific experiments to find an oil that is lower in fat but doesn’t compromise crunch or taste.

After years of research, sunseed oil was found to be the best oil. It fries the potatoes perfectly, but it’s 80 per cent lower in saturated fat. The crisps enter a huge, covered vat of sunseed oil. They go in on the left and come out on the right, after a quick 10-minute dip into a bath of oil heated to precisely 170 degrees centigrade.

The oil is constantly renewed and changed every eight hours.

The Extra Crunchy crisp is fried for nearly 10 minutes; your standard crisp gets just three minutes. They come out of the frier a golden shade of light brown: perfectly cooked, still warm. This section of the factory smells glorious.

The crisps go on to another conveyor belt. They are a foot deep, winding their way towards a huge revolving drum where they are salted and flavoured.

Simon digs into this never-ending river of just-cooked crisps and spreads out a good handful on a tray. They are hot. They have just been cooked.

“Would you like one?” he says.

Would we like one? They disappear in seconds. They are magnificent.

“Shall we just stay here all day?” says the photographer, Mikey, his face full of crisps.

To the left us, they’re making Wotsits. To the right, it’s sweet chili Sensations in bags the size of small pillows. Everywhere you look, crisps in various states of completion are being ferried around on conveyor belts.

Our crisps – the ones we have followed for just 15 minutes – are about to be salted. They are tipped into a huge drum and sprinkled with salt from salt mines in Cheshire.

That’s important, too, says Simon. All the ingredients should be British. “Our potatoes are British, the salt is from Cheshire, the tomatoes we use are from Worcestershire.”

There’s even real British chicken in the chicken-flavour crisps, much to the ire of savoury snack-loving vegetarians.

Sorry about that, says Simon. “But it’s only right that chicken flavour crisps should contain proper chicken rather than something that has been nowhere near a chicken.

There are other flavours, if you can’t eat the chicken, he adds.

They have reduced their salt content by more than 50 per cent in recent years. The trick here, says Simon, is to get the salt on the crisps – and not in the bag.

“It’s why the speed, getting the crisp still warm into the drum, so the salt will stick to the crisp, is crucial.”

So that’s it, really, says Simon. Potatoes. Oil. Seasoning. That’s all there is to it. “It’s not how crisps are made that’s important – it’s the way we make them,” he says.

The final step: the bagging.

It’s all done by machine. From start to finish, the crisps have been untouched by human hand.

'Everyday luxury'

It’s probably why they can do it all so quickly – from truck to bag in 20 minutes. I’m not sure what I envisaged, frankly. I didn’t expect to see a row of old women peeling potatoes, men with aprons frying potatoes in little fryers. I knew it would be big. I just didn’t think it would be that big. The scale of the operation is massive.

Rolls of plastic are formed into bags, the crisps are digitally weighed so the exact amount goes into each bag, and they’re bagged, boxed – most of this is done by machine, too – and sent by monorail to the warehouse.

The warehouse is 24 metres high. Inside are 33,000 pallets of crisps. They’re on the supermarket shelves in days.

And then the whole process begins again, over and over, day after day after day.

In an era where most businesses have been affected by the recession, Walkers has stood firm.

“It hasn’t really affected us. I think we’re called an everyday luxury.

“If people have been cutting back, they haven’t really cut back on crisps. We’ve done well, here, really. It’s something Leicester should be proud of. It’s a real success story.”

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Tayto Castle in the Ulster countryside is where the terrific Tayto crisps are made. The castle is over 500 years old and was originally the home of the O’Hanlon clan, one of the mightiest and most powerful clans in all of Ireland. In 1619 King James I of England confiscated the castle from the O’Hanlon’s because they took part in a rebellion against Hugh O’Neill in County Tyrone. The ruins of the property were then passed into the hands of other families and became the home of the Duke of Manchester in the 1800’s.

In 1955 the castle needed repair and was bought by a visionary local businessman, Thomas Hutchinson. In 1956, he had the clever idea to make a new potato product called crisps, and started making Tayto crisps, creating one of the world’s best loved brands of crisps and snacks. Tayto became one of the first companies to sell different flavours of crisps with Smoky Bacon and Prawn Cocktail being two of the most popular as well as Cheese and Onion.

On the Tayto Factory Tour visitors will get the opportunity to meet Mr Tayto and experience the full magic of Tayto and see how our fantastic crisps and snacks are made. Pre-booking is required.

An enduring feature of Tayto has been Mr. Tayto, the brand’s lovable mascot. He’s a well-known and well-loved face across Northern Ireland and has travelled all over the world promoting Tayto, starring in many of his own advertisements.

Tours are conducted on Monday to Thursday 10.30am & 1.30pm and Friday at 10.30am only. The factory is closed on public holidays e.g. Christmas, Easter, May Day Bank Holiday and 12th July etc.

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For interest and entertainment, this can't be beaten. Enter Tayto Castle through a secret green door behind the war memorial, and start on a tour of a working crisp factory. Getting on the shop floor of a working food factory is a rare and special experience these days, especially with children age 7 and 10. Jill, our tour guide, was excellent. I'm sure this will be the most memorable event for our kids from their half-term visit to Ulster!

Had a gt8 wee afternoon..very interesting our tour guide Jill was lovly..best 5r iv ever spent..would do it again...only thing i found was missing was a wee coffee shop on the grounds..

Had a great tour today of the Tayto Factory! Friendly, informative staff made it a very enjoyable experience, and we got to see the whole process of how the crisps are made! The highlight of the tour was getting to meet Mr Tayto and our free 6 pack of crisps! Definitely be back again real soon!! :)

My fiancée and I went here last week. We are both 24. Our tour guide was Jill and she was fantastic ! Very funny and knew her stuff at the same time. She knew how to keep the group entertained. The tour is Intetesting but at times very nosey making it hard to hear what the guide is saying. Tour itself lasted about 1hr. Took about another half an hour to get everyone sorted with their safely gear etc. Would definitely recommend this for all ages. At the end we sampled different crisps and were able to take 6 bags home.

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We visited Tayto Castle on 31st March. One point to note, ask about children's age/height when booking, one poor child was turned away because she was too small. Luckily her grandfather went out with her. Note for women: If you wear nail varnish, you will have to wear rubber gloves throughout. Before the tour starts, you are given a safety briefing and issued with protective clothing. All personal belongings must be left outside the factory. We all met with Pat Tayto, Mr. Tayto himself and had photo opportunities with him. The staff used our cameras to take our own photos. No rip off photos from the company, which was great. Lenore was our guide for the tour and was very knowledgeable throughout. During the tour we were able to see the complete process from potatoes arriving to the finished product being packed into cases for dispatch to shops. The whole trip was more than interesting. During the tour we were given samples of various products that were being produced at that time. All staff were extremely friendly and courteous. On ending the tour, questions were asked about it. This was especially good for the younger members of the tour. All members were given their choice of 6 pack snacks or crisps at the shop. We were also able to purchase other items from the shop. Well done Tayto. Well done Lenore, our guide. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

We had an absolutely brilliant time at Tayto - well, once we'd figured out where to park anyway. It turns out you're not supposed to park in Tandragee Castle itself and should instead park on the main road and walk in. Sadly not obvious which contributed to us being even more late. Anyway, once we arrived at the right place, Mary our tour guide was absolutely brilliant and really knowledgable. Unlike other factory tours we've been on, you actually get to walk the shop floor and see crisps whizzing all around you - all while you're munching sample after sample, obviously. We didn't have lunch before the tour and thanks to Mary, her magic silver bowl and the free six pack of crisps per person we didn't much need it. Definitely a recommended tour - very reasonable price too. Just make sure you park in the right place.

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Set deep in the heart of the Ulster countryside in Tandragee is Tayto Castle where Tayto crisps and snacks have been made for the past 60 years. A ‘Taste of Home’ their products are a big part of growing up in Northern Ireland. Within the Castle is a closely guarded room where the unique Tayto Cheese & Onion flavour is made to the same recipe as it has for the last 60 years. Only a very select few know the secret recipe which has been carefully passed down to the current day. They select the finest, specially grown potatoes and gently cook until golden, we then add our specially selected delicious flavours which ensure that Tayto crisps taste like no other, irresistible every time.

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Why not come and see for yourself how the famous crisps are made? They have fully guided factory tours at Tayto Castle 5 days a week and you even get to meet Mr.Tayto! These magical tours have been awarded a 4* tourist attraction rating by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board – the highest rating ever awarded to an existing facility. Come and visit Tayto Castle to see for yourself how their crisps and snacks are made and meet Mr.Tayto – why not book a tour today?

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I am am somewhat a fan of the less mainstream tours and quirky museums, which do tend to be rubbish but somewhat amusing, and have to say that the tayto castle tour was surprisingly excellent. I was expecting it to be a bit of a laugh but in fact was a very informative, very interesting tour of a working crisp factory. From the storage, cleaning and preperation of potatoes through to the cooking, flavouring, bagging and shipping the full functions of the factory are explored. Unlike many other similiar tours which end up being a museum or restricted to a purpose built area setup for tourist at the Tayto factory you make your way through the factory dodging fork lift trucks, past production lines, bagging machines and packing robots and also the large number of staff that work there. You truely get a feel for the place and the processess involved. Throughout the tour we sampled crisps straight out of the friers and off flavouring lines and then sampled about 10 different types at the end back at the reception area. For £5 for an adult I would recommend this to anyone who likes crisps or with a general sense of curiosity, intrigue and fun. After all it is a crisp factory built in a castle.

Went to factory with my wife and two children ages 12 and 5. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Tour. Our guide, Jennifer, was a real character and made the trip memorable. She had great factual knowledge and was professional but also good fun, especially with the children, who tasted every crisp available and met Mr Tayto! Free 6 pk of your choice at the end of the tour per person and didn't cost much to gain admittance for the family-tremendous value for money and a great day out!

Visited the Tayto factory,recently. Very well organised trip,tour guide Jill was very informative & kept the children well entertained Very cheaply price for such a good tour. We also met Mr Tayto,who was very funny. Great trip for young & old. At the finish we were very generously given lots of crisps to take away Tour lasted approx 1hour

Very well organised tour of the factory. Very informative and fascinating. I really enjoyed it as did my grandson aged 7. Lots of samples to taste and choice of crisps to take home at end of the tour. Meeting Mr Pot Tayto a big hit! Well done Tayto Tandragee. Suitable for adults and children. Great tour guides and small groups.

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This is a fabulous fun experience for all the family! First rule is you have to like crisps - you will be treated with the delights of the best crisps ever! The tour was informative, fun and tasty - they are so generous with their crisps - handfuls for sampling throughout the tour & a free multipack of your choice. To top it all Mr Tayto welcomed us & posed for photos - I'm definitely a fan. Highly recommended for all the family to enjoy the best crispy trip ever!

Who doesn't like crisps? If you are one of the few that doesn't, stay away because you'll have more than your fill of them going round the famous Tandragee factory. And you haven't really had a crisp until you have tasted one straight from the fryer. Even without the flavouring added, they are just delicious, It is a little health and safety gone mad with all the protective gear - even beard masks for those with even a whisk of facial hair, but then you don't want to find something untoward next time you tuck into a bag of ready salted. The staff and the tour guides are extremely pleasant and enthusiastic and make it a great time for the kids. With pretty much as many crisps as you can eat on the way round and then a multi-pack of your choice when you leave, it is great value for money.

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Walkers’ Crisps Production Facility, Leicester, UK

Walkers’ crisps production facility in Leicester, UK is being expanded with an estimated investment of £58m ($72m).

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Expansion Announced

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Walkers’ crisps production facility in Leicester, UK, is one of the largest crisp production plants in the world.

Walkers is a snack food manufacturer based in the UK and owned by PepsiCo, a food and beverage company based in the US. The company’s factories are highly automated with minimum human intervention.

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In May 2023, PepsiCo announced its plans to invest £58m ($72m) in the Leicester factory to increase the capacity of the factory by 11,000t a year and meet the growing demand for Walkers’ products. It is one of the largest investments made by PepsiCo in the UK in the last 25 years.

The improvements will bring new training and upskilling opportunities for more than 1,000 employees at the site into new roles.

Walkers’ crisps production facility expansion details

The new investment in the Leicester facility includes the installation of a new manufacturing line that will increase the production of Walkers’ snacks, especially Wotsits and Monster Munch, for which demand has grown due to new flavours and formats.

In addition, the Wotsits Giants and Monster Munch Giants snacks that are currently manufactured in Europe will be manufactured at the Leicester facility, helping in reducing 915t of transport-related emissions annually.

The investment also includes the replacement of existing machinery with more sustainable equipment. The existing gas-fired ovens will be replaced by electric ovens that will be supplied with 100% renewable energy. The replacement will reduce 1,000t of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

The facility will also be equipped with new packaging equipment, which will reduce the amount of virgin plastic used for outer packaging by 56t a year. The move is part of PepsiCo’s commitment to sustainability and reducing plastic from snack bags in Europe by 2030.

PepsiCo is also focusing on improving employee amenities at the facility. New training areas, a restaurant, meeting rooms and celebration space will be added as part of the investment.

Previous expansion details

In 2006, Walkers initiated a £12m ($20.9m) project to expand its highly automated warehouse facilities and improve production. As part of the project, 10,000 pallet spaces were added to the Leicester site’s southern distribution centre. The expansion increased the pallet spaces at the site to 35,000.

Production process details at the Walkers facility

Potatoes arrive at the factory during the peak season of March to October from the fields. For the rest of the year, they are stored in an environmentally controlled environment.

Upon arrival at the factory, the potatoes are floated out of the transportation trucks using water jets. This is done to ensure that the potatoes are handled carefully as it is essential they are not bruised. If they are bruised, it results in lower-quality brown crisps.

The potatoes are then peeled, sliced to the correct thickness and sent to the fryer. After being fried, the crisps are placed in a rotating drum where flavours are added. The crisps are finally packaged and sealed.

Before being sent out of the factory, the operators at the plant check the packets to ensure they conform to the company’s quality standards. The entire production process of conversion from potatoes to crisps takes only 20 minutes.

Products manufactured by Walkers use what are perceived to be ‘good’ ingredients and additives. The company started using sunseed oil instead of palm oil for frying. Compared to palm oil, Sunseed is healthier and higher in monounsaturated fats.

Equipment installed at the Walkers facility

In order to boost production, Walkers ordered four TLM-F44 automated packaging systems from Schubert UK, for installation in the fourth quarter of 2007. The systems were developed by IPS, Schubert’s specialist packaging integration subsidiary.

The four packaging systems handle the packing of multi bags of crisps by placing the three varieties of packets into horizontal flow wrappers (fill and seal).

The TLM-F44 system is equipped with the carbon fibre TLM-F4 robot arm, which weighs 25% less than the previous aluminium version, allowing faster cycle times.

Storage hoppers above two vibratory bowl feeders supply the lines with 480 bags each minute. The system then uses optical detection to guide pick-and-place robots equipped with vacuum suckers to position the six or 12 packs into in-feed chain carriers. The packets are then sent to form, fill and seal flow wrappers.

The Schubert systems use the company’s patented counter-flow technology, where two chains operate against the flow of the product conveyor, making sure that there are only fully loaded chain divisions. Unidentified or incorrectly positioned crisp packets are sent back to the storage hoppers.

The systems were designed to handle a wide range of pack sizes (six, 12, 14 and 26) and can quickly change over to different product formats.

Sustainable packaging for Walkers’ crisps

In October 2010, Walkers produced eco-friendly crisp packets by using reusable potato peelings. The company believes that potato starch waste bags would be more attractive than bags made from wood pulp.

PepsiCo also invested 14m ($15.6m) to enhance sustainability in food packaging in October 2022. The company started a trial with the UK supermarket Tesco to roll out new cardboard outer packaging for Walkers 22 and 24-bag multipacks. The outer packaging was launched in major supermarkets, following the successful completion of the trial.

In March 2023, PepsiCo announced that it is trialling new paper-based outer packaging for Walker’s baked multipacks. The fully recyclable trial pack can replace the plastic outer packaging on more than 300,000 multipacks.

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Walkers to get £58m investment at Leicester crisp factory

  • Published 6 June 2023

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Walkers - the makers of British crisp classics such as Wotsits and Monster Munch - is to see a £58m investment and up to 100 new jobs created at its Leicester site.

Owners PepsiCo said it was its biggest investment in the UK for 25 years.

The site - one of the world's biggest crisp and snack factories - is marking its 75th anniversary.

PepsiCo said the investment would see a new manufacturing line installed and existing machinery replaced.

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It will also mean major work on the employee facilities for the site's 1,120-strong workforce, including training areas, a new on-site restaurant and meeting rooms.

PepsiCo said the investment would help secure the future of the factory and position Walkers for further growth in the long-term.

It said the planned production line would help increase capacity at the factory and enable the production of more Walkers snacks, notably Wotsits and Monster Munch, which have grown in popularity in recent years.

Some of its crisps - such as Wotsits Giants and Monster Munch Giants, which are currently manufactured in Europe, will be made in Leicester once construction is completed in 2024.

A packet of Monster Munch

The cash will also be spent on replacing ovens, so they will be powered by renewable electricity, which PepsiCo said would help cut around 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year, as well as the installation of compact packaging equipment to cut plastic from snack multipacks.

In 2018, the company faced calls from campaigners to make its packets recyclable .

It said its packaging could now be recycled at major supermarkets.

The firm also plans to invest in the development of further healthier snacks ranges.

The factory

Jason Richards, senior vice president and general manager at PepsiCo UK and Ireland said: "In 2023 we're celebrating 75 years of Walkers crisps, so there's no better time to renew our commitment to Leicester - a city and community that have been crucial to our success in the UK.

"As we look ahead to the next 75 years and future-proof our UK operations, this £58m investment will transform our manufacturing site and installing state-of-the-art equipment will help us deliver on our ambitions on packaging and health.

"Alongside upgrades to meet increased demand for our snacks, we're proud to be investing in creating better facilities for our people, who remain at the heart of bringing our most loved snacks to households across the country."

The factory

He added the investment would also mean new training opportunities for employees, with up to 100 new roles being created to manage workload across the new equipment and technology.

This announcement follows a £24m investment in PepsiCo's Lincoln factory announced in 2021, as well as further investments in its Leicester distribution centre and the Skelmersdale and Coventry Walkers sites in recent years.

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Moorcroft - Transforming the applied art since 1897

Factory Tour

Guided factory tour.

A guided factory tour will take visitors into the heart of the Moorcroft Factory. Based at the Heritage Visitor Centre our expert guides accompany the visitor around the original factory. Comprehensive information in all aspects of the hand made processes of mould making, slip casting, hand turning, tube lining, hand painting, kiln firing and finally glazing. The techniques used in making Moorcroft pottery are virtually the same today, as they were a hundred years ago. Visitors enter a time warp from which they can look into the virtual soul of what must be the world’s best-loved art pottery.

Guided factory tours are accessible to wheelchair users. For visitors with hearing difficulties we offer the loop hearing system.  

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The incredible journey from potato to crisp at Walkers factory

W hen you think of crisps, Walkers is probably the first brand that comes to mind. This is especially the case if you're from Leicester.

This famous brand is as linked with our city as football legend Gary Lineker, who promotes these popular potato snacks. Walkers was started by Leicester butcher Henry Walker in 1948 when he needed to diversify his business due to post-war meat rationing.

Now, Walkers is celebrating 70 years of making tasty crisps. To mark this special occasion, we were given a tour of their large factory in Leicester by manufacturing director Chris Goodall.

He showed us exactly how they make our favourite crisps. The factory is made up of two sites - Bursom and Leycroft, named after the roads they are on.

These factories employ 866 people in total. Bursom was set up in 1982 and has four production lines, while Leycroft was added in 1997 with three production lines to make even more crisps. Each year, a massive 280,000 tonnes of potatoes are brought to the Leicester site, which results in 80,000 tonnes of crisps.

Weight is lost in various ways - including through mud which is removed from the potatoes on arrival, peeling, moisture lost during cooking, and 'wastage'. Across its four UK sites, Walkers produces 13 million packs of crisps a day - 10 million of which are made here in Leicester, one of the largest crisp factories in the world.

The site is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 362 days a year (closing on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve). After getting suitably attired with mop cap, pink safety helmet, ear defenders, (it is very loud in the factory), plus Walkers jacket and safety shoes, we headed into Leycroft, to follow line one - which focuses on standard bags and six packs.

Here's the journey from potato to crisp - which can take as little as 30 minutes.

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Want to see where the Seabrook Crisps story began?

Mr Charles Brook went to collect his photos and noticed that the shopkeeper had accidentally labelled them ‘Seabrook’ instead of ‘C Brook’. When he opened his first fish & chip shop in Bradford, Charles decided to name it Seabrook.

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Charles and Colin moved into their first factory- a one up one down terrace house in Bradford. Seabrook began delivering crisps door to door, before launching the UK’s first crinkle-cut crisps.

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Charles’ son Colin returned from the Navy and together they discovered that with their fryer they could diversify their use of the humble potato. Seabrook Crisps was born producing Britain’s original crinkle cut crisps.

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Charles and Colin converted the old Allerton liberal club in Bradford into their new factory, at the same time as incorporating the company. The World Crisp Eating Competition took place in Bradford, sponsored by Seabrook Crisps.

Seabrook purchased a site at Duncombe St, Bradford and 2 years later opened the Princeville Factory.

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The first Prawn Cocktail crinkle-cut crisp was made. Seabrook were the first to use sunflower oil to cook their crisps.

MSG removed by reformulating the flavours. At the same time, all e-numbers and any unnecessary artificial ingredients were removed.

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Seabrook crisps certified by Coeliac UK and changed all our crisps to carry the gluten free cross grain logo of coeliac UK. All crisps are also confirmed vegetarian friendly.

In October 2018, Seabrook Crisps Limited were acquired by Calbee inc., the leading snack brand in Japan as part of their ambitious international growth plans.

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We are very proud and excited that Seabrook Crisps are back on TV! We hope to lift the nation with this feel-good campaign which captures our unique charm and personality, delivering 'Brilliant By The Bagful.'

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Oxford MINI Plant Tour

Experience innovative technology and sustainable mobility at one of the oldest automotive plants in the world – the BMW Group Plant Oxford.

The BMW Group Plant Oxford has been in continuous production since 1913. It is not only one of the oldest automobile plants in the world but also the birthplace of the MINI. Following the launch of the new MINI in 2001, the car ensured the brand’s worldwide success: more than 10 million MINIs were sold in 110 countries around the world. Today, following significant investment over the years, the plant is among the leaders of technology and sustainability in automotive production. Every day, employees at the plant produce around 1,000 cars in three different body styles. Before and after the tours, you will have the opportunity to visit the MINI Museum. There you can follow the development of the cult car from the Bullnose to the classic MINI.

Plant Tour MINI Plant Oxford, im Vordergrund sind zwei Besucherinnen und ein Guide zu sehen, im Hintergrund sieht man das BMW Werk Oxford

i FACTORY EXPERIENCE at the BMW Group Plant Oxford

In 90 minutes, you will gain fascinating insights into the body shop and the final assembly. At the BMW Group plant in Oxford, which is two and a half times the size of the famous Westminster Abbey in London, up to 1,000 cars are manufactured everyday. Starting in the body shop, you will see how 1,200 robots and 650 employees produce the basic framework of the MINI from steel sheets. Continue on to the final assembly hall, where you can watch live as the MINI takes shape – from the installation of the cockpit to the wedding of the power units and through to validation – where the car is put through its paces.

The Family Tour takes families with children and teenagers on a journey into the world of automotive production. In around 90 minutes, the contents of the Basic Tour are conveyed in an age-appropriate way. Discover how a MINI is created from thousands of individual parts in the body shop and in the final assembly. If you have any questions, please contact our team: [email protected] .

Book your iFACTORY EXPERIENCE at the BMW Group Plant Oxford now. We look forward to welcoming you to the plant soon!

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  • Current global events can have a significant influence over our production. As a result, tours may have to be cancelled for operational reasons. Should this happen to you, we will offer you an alternative date or schedule a refund as soon as possible.
  • Children under the age of 14 are not allowed on the factory premises. Children between the ages of 14 and 16 may only enter the plant premises if accompanied by an adult. School classes are an exception, here the following regulation applies: schoolchildren as young as 11 are allowed to enter the factory premises. However, school classes with children aged 11 to 14 must be supervised. An adult may supervise a maximum of two children at the same time.
  • Children between the ages of 14 and 18, students, severely disabled people, pensioners and BMW employees receive reduced admission. Please have a valid ID ready.
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