UK: Inside Walkers – the biggest crisp factory in the world

Site manager Simon Devaney reveals the secret of Walkers’ successThis is the seldom-told story of ‘The Biggest Crisp Factory in the World’; a vast grey building in Leicester in the UK. This is where seven million bags of crisps are made 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? The Leicester Mercury went there to find out… More