Walkers fans are only just realising why crisp brand is called Lays outside UK

Packets of Lay's crisps, not Walkers crisps
Lay's and Walkers share a very similar logo, but they are very different -Credit:SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Crisps are a British tradition and there is nothing better than a packet of Leicester's finest export - Walkers Crisps. However, some crisp fans are only just finding out the reason why Walkers crisps are called Lays outside of the UK.

Many Brits love a packet of their favourite flavour Walkers as a snack, and even when we go abroad, spotting Lays in a foreign supermarket excites many of us and we are convinced we need to buy them. The pair show the same iconic logo, but experts have revealed the real reason for the name change - and it's shocked many, reports the Mirror.

Experts at One Pound Crisps revealed all. They said: "Walkers crisps and Lays crisps are not exactly the same things, although they are very similar."

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Walkers were founded in Leicester by Henry Walker in 1948 and quickly became a fan favourite. In 1970, the Walker family sold its business to American food producer, Standard Brands, and 19 years later, it was acquired by Lay's owner, Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo.

It has been reported Walkers kept its name in the UK because it was already an established brand. While the packaging is very similar for both crisp brands, the packaging and flavours do differ, although the snacks are essentially the same.

A statement on One Pound Crisps reads: "Both brands offer a range of potato chips and savoury snacks, and they are both owned by the same parent company, PepsiCo. However, there are some differences between the two brands.

"They offer similar products in terms of potato crisps and savoury snacks, but they may have differences in flavours, packaging, and other aspects of their products. The main difference between Walkers crisps and Lays crisps is that they are marketed under different names in different parts of the world.

"Walkers is the brand name used in the UK and Ireland, while Lays is the brand name used in most other countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, and Australia."

However, the news has shocked many online, but some are adamant that Lays predates Walkers. One said: "The brand that came first was Lays. Walkers, a very successful crisp brand that Americans wanted to copy and bring over to the States due to its success in the UK and amongst their American Soldiers.

"Once Pepsi bought the English company Walkers and the American company Lays, they had a meeting on the name and which to adopt. They found that the name Walkers was too hard for non-native/fluent English speakers to say due to the W, K and R.

"Many people struggle to pronounce these letters in non-English speaking countries and that made international branding much harder. [Pepsi] decided to keep the name Walkers in Britain where the concept of these crisps came from but all international sales would be called 'Lays' From now on, retaining the original 1930 Lays company name. The truth is the only reason Lays name still exists is marketing reasons."

Others said the reason for Walkers maintaining its name was simple. One said: "Frito-Lay bought Walkers, a separate company at the time, in 1989. Because Walkers had 41 years of brand-name recognition, it was kept as the name... people in the UK already knew and were familiar with that brand."