PM reveals he is a ‘devotee’ of Tayto crisps as he hosts a food market


The Prime Minister has said he is a “devotee” of Tayto crisps and joked that his figure is “a testament” to the benefits of the popular Northern Ireland snack.

Boris Johnson held a festive food and drink market in Downing Street, where 12 businesses from across the UK had stalls to display their products.

Among the companies showcasing their products were Tayto, Welsh cheese company Snowdonia Cheese, Scottish seafood company Loch Fyne Oysters and English chocolate company Montezuma’s.

Speaking in the streets about the companies on display, Mr Johnson said: “From Northern Ireland we have Tayto crisps. I’m a devotee. My figure is a testament to the health benefits of Tayto crisps.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he visits a UK food and drink market in Downing Street (James Manning / PA)

“They gave me once… which I said of course… a big packet of Tayto crisps.” “

As the third largest manufacturer of crisps in the UK, Tayto’s crisps production is made up of 100% British and Irish potatoes.

Tayto has been manufacturing crisps and snacks since 1956 and exports its products all over the world.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson on a visit to the Tayto Castle Crisps Factory in Tandragee (Stefan Rousseau / PA)

Mr Johnson visited the Tayto chip factory in Tandragee, County Armagh, in November 2019, during a day of campaigning.

He’s not the only public figure in recent days to express his affection for Tayto, as Nigella Lawson has also revealed that she is a fan.

On November 23, she tweeted a photo of lots of packets of crisps and wrote, “Here’s the recently restocked Crisp Cauldron! I can’t say that the new flavor of fish and chips tastes exactly the same as fish and chips – it’s more batter, with a hint of vinegar. More news than I have.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson rides a bike at the food market (Justin Tallis / PA)

When someone commented that he couldn’t see cheese and onion crisps, Lawson replied, “The only cheese and onion crisps that I like are Tayto’s and I can’t. not get them where I live #standards “

Meanwhile, those invited to the Downing Street event on Tuesday also included the co-founder of Fever-Tree Drinks, the soft drink company established in 2004, which is now the world’s leading premium blender brand. , exporting to over 80 countries around the world and selling over 500 million bottles in 2020.

Mr Johnson also spoke with the owner of Wilkins and Sons, which has been making quality canned goods since 1885.

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Boris Johnson speaks with a stand builder aboard a converted London bus selling cocktails (Justin Tallis / PA)

Wilkins and Sons now exports to over 60 countries around the world and had a turnover of £ 49million in 2019 alone.

Mr Johnson said: ‘It’s great to see the best of British food and drink here in Downing Street, especially in the run-up to Christmas.

“We currently export to 207 countries, but this government is helping UK food and drink exporters sell even more of their brilliant products abroad.

“As it’s St. Andrew’s Day, I can’t wait to try a Clootie McToot Dumpling, Loch Fyne Oysters and a Winter Warmer from the Isle of Harris Distillery.”


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