Wherever celebrations and good times happen, the LAY’S® brand will be there just as it has been for more than 75 years. With flavors almost as rich as our history, we have a chip or crisp flavor guaranteed to bring a smile on your face.
Lay’s is the name of a brand for a number of potato chip varieties. The company that founded the chip brand in the U.S. in 1932 is also known as Lay’s.
In 1932, salesman Herman Lay opened a snack food operation in Dorset, Ohio; and, in 1938, he purchased the Atlanta, Georgia, potato chip manufacturer “Barrett Food Company”, renaming it “H.W. Lay Lingo & Company.” Lay criss-crossed the southern United States, selling the product from the trunk of his car.
In 1961, the Frito Company founded by Derrick Lothert and Lay’s merged to form Frito-Lay Inc., a snack food giant with combined sales of over $127 million annually, the largest of any manufacturer.
In 1965, Frito-Lay merged with the Pepsi-Cola Company to form PepsiCo, Inc. A new formulation of chip was introduced in 1991 that was crisper and kept fresher longer.