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Posted: 16:40 Wed 11-Jan-2006. Price: 39p/ 27g bag. Location: Sainsbury's, Finchley Road, London. Sub-flavours: Sweet Chilli, Cheese and Pickle, Chicken and Herb. Nutritional unusualness: "Less than 7% fat", "Produced on a line handling sesame seeds, egg, soya, gluten, celery, mustard" (yum!).
Snackspot reports: McVitie's continue to extend their Go Ahead range into Jacob's Thai Bites "rice crackers" territory, but with slightly more imaginative flavours - Sweet Chilli and Chicken and Herb are probably much what you'd expect, while Cheese and Pickle certainly smells suitably Branston-like, though sadly that doesn't carry through to the flavouring.

...Sainsbury also had a new Sun dried tomato and basil variety of Quaker Seasons, and were selling tiny 35g bags of Snack-a-Jacks Oven Baked Mini Breadsticks for just 22p - none of which is likely to be much consolation to those of you, including "Andrew Oakley", "mally", "spazmapod", and many, many more, who wrote in to lament Golden Wonder being "placed in administration", "dan young" being sufficiently moved to announce: I am hereby petitioning Walkers Crisps to keep everybody's favorite snack [ie, Nik Naks] alive. As they say in Ghostbusters: Thanks Dan, that ought to do it.


Posted: 12:05 Thu 12-Jan-2006 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: The McVitie's Go Ahead range now also includes standard crinkle cut potato crisps. The bags are sized at 21g - giving just 99 calories per bag for the healthy snacker. There are two flavours I've tried so far - Salt & Vinegar and Ready Salted and both are very tasty. You can't tell in any way these are reduced fat crisps.
Posted: 16:53 Mon 16-Jan-2006 by "alflavor" # permalink comment
Comment: Don't assume Walkers will buy Nik Naks or indeed any other GW brand!! It's doubtful they will - although someone will. Check google news, Largo of Ireland could be in the running.
Posted: 17:10 Mon 16-Jan-2006 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: good point - wouldn't there be (even more of) a monopolies issue if Walkers bought every single snack brand in the UK?
Posted: 17:15 Mon 16-Jan-2006 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: One thing Walkers will never buy is Pringles.
Posted: 17:30 Mon 16-Jan-2006 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: why not? i agree it would make them into even more of a monopoly, but are procter and gamble still trying to sell the brand?
Posted: 22:42 Mon 16-Jan-2006 by "Phillerena" # permalink comment
Comment: I wasn't aware they were ever trying to sell the brand.
Posted: 22:53 Mon 16-Jan-2006 by Snackspot # permalink comment
Comment: doh yeah, maybe I was thinking of Sunny D. but check this out - Golden Wonder were manufacturing Pringles Minis on P+G's behalf, but now they've been saved by Tayto...

http://www.brandrepublic.com/ [URL display truncated]

LONDON - The administrator in charge of Golden Wonder has sold off its Pringles Mini business to CTO Holdings, an affiliate of Tayto Northern Ireland, as more than 60 firms vie for what is left of the £15.5m Golden Wonder crisp business.

The brand was sold to Country Armagh-based Tayto for an undisclosed sum. The deal safeguards 195 jobs at Corby, following Golden Wonder going into administration last week.

Snack and crisp producer Tayto will continue to produce Pringles Minis for Procter & Gamble.


Irish crisp maker Largo Foods and Cologne-based Unisnack are two of the contenders vying for a slice of the £15.5m business, which includes Golden Wonder, Nik Naks, Wheat Crunchies and Ringo.

Largo Food employs more than 400 staff and is the biggest Irish-owned crisp and snack manufacturer, with plants in Ireland and the Czech Republic. Brands include Hunky Dorys, Perri and Sam Spudz.

Posted: 23:02 Mon 16-Jan-2006 by "Mike" # permalink comment
Comment: Now if they make Golden Wonder Salt & Vinegar taste as good as Tayto they should be back in profit!
Posted: 15:36 Wed 01-Mar-2006 by "Louise" # permalink comment
Comment: Hey, I am looking for info on largo foods, history of company, products, markets, acquisitions, etc. Does any one have any? Its for a college project and there isnt a lot on the website. I would appreciate any comments.
Posted: 14:58 Mon 11-Sep-2006 by "Neil" # permalink comment
Comment: About the Go ahead potato crisps, Im not sure how much lower fat they are as they seem to have a acheived lower cals and fat by just reducing the amount in the bag while charging the same amount as any other brand. Mabey someone else can comfirm or deny this?
Posted: 15:10 Tue 12-Sep-2006 by "yo dude" # permalink comment
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Posted: 19:13 Wed 17-Jan-2007 by "Magnetic Ham Sandwich" # permalink comment
Comment: The Go Ahead Crinkly Crisps range has just been extended to include large 150g bags in 3 different flavours. There's Salt & Black Pepper, Tomato Basil & Mozzarella, and Thai Sweet Chilli & Lime to choose from. They're £1.19 each in Morrisons right now and although all 3 varieties are very tasty, the Chilli & Lime is just the best in my opinion. As for fat content it's a quite high 33g in a 150g bag, but apparently only 3.2g of that is saturated fat.
Posted: 12:33 Sun 04-Feb-2007 by "Grace" # permalink comment
Comment: I have recently tried the go ahead crisps, I was surprised as they are actually really nice. They don't taste like low fat crisps at all. They put me in mind of McCoys crisps. I would definately buy these again. The salt and vinegar were particularly nice. The go ahead company need to sort out their pack graphics, they really don't sell themselves on presentation!
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