It’s difficult to imagine that Pringles and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos would not be referred to as chips. But while they are made with potato, Pringles are not technically chips. And most chip companies didn’t recognize them as such. So what snack food was legally barred from calling its product chips? Let’s find out! The answer will shock you!
The reversal comes after complaints that the company’s potato chips contain MSG. The company acknowledged the criticism and switched its production to Malaysia. It also changed the recipe for its chips, adding more potato and reducing MSG. The company’s machinery was smaller, resulting in chips that are smaller than their predecessors. The company also ceased shipping Pringles to the United States.
This legal battle was initiated after the company began to use the word “chip” in its snack slogan. This was because potatoes flour is considered a food, and the British government imposes tax on potato products. Pringles’ lawyers argued that their chips were not technically potato chips. However, the British Supreme Court ruled that Pringles were indeed potato chips and forced the company to pay $160 million in taxes.
In the late 1950s, an employee of Procter & Gamble filed a patent for a chip-type snack that used potato wafers, but the name stuck. The snack was known as a potato processor, but was actually not called that until 1971. However, it was later renamed chips when Procter & Gamble employee Alexander Liepa filed a patent for a chip-type snack.
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
Flamin’ Hot Cheetos was a snack food cult hit in 1992 and remains one of the world’s most popular snacks to this day. In 1992, Richard Montanez, a janitor at a Frito-Lays plant, conceived the idea for the cheeto-shaped chips. At the time, the company’s CEO encouraged employees to act like owners and be personally invested in the success of the business.
Although fat is needed by the body, too much can cause health problems. Excessive sodium levels can lead to high blood pressure and other health problems. According to the Food and Drug Administration, we should eat less than 2300 mg of sodium each day. However, one packet of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos contains nearly three times our daily recommended amount of sodium.
While many businesses have been legally banned from calling their products chips, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos was a wildly successful snack. In fact, they were so popular that they even made their way into the casual dining scene. Even Taco Bell offered them in Crunchwrap Sliders. Ultimately, it became a staple of the fast-food industry.
Tortillas were not always known as chips. In fact, tortillas were round flat breads used to wrap burritos. Since 2010, they have outsold hamburger buns. As a result, they are the new ketchup, according to Jim Kabbani, CEO of the Tortilla Industry Association. The increase in Latino population in the United States is also a contributing factor. The Mexican-American population is the largest Hispanic group in the U.S.
In the 1960s, snack food companies were legally barred from calling their product chips. While potato chips are made from potatoes, tortillas are not. In fact, most chip companies refused to recognize them as chips. This decision resulted in the creation of Pringles, which are now commonly known as crisps. To date, these chips contain 40% potato flour, some corn, rice, and wheat.
Italian snack food
The snack food company in question was accused of using an Italian wine flavor, but the company claims it merely used a European flavor. The Italian government is not amused. The company says that it was unaware that it was using Italian wine to make chips in the United States. The company has been forced to change the name of its product and is considering the legal implications. The case is currently in the Italian court system.
The two companies argued in court that the word chip was too vague, but the Supreme Court allowed the Pringles Company to use the word “chip” in its motto. However, the company has since changed the name of its product to “crisps.” This change in the name is because the snack food contains only 40 percent potato flour, although there are also corn, rice, and wheat used in its production.