Consumers can vote for one of three Lay's flavors to be their next mass-produced flavor. The new flavors will be available in stores beginning Tue., Feb. 12. They can choose from Chicken & Waffles flavor, Sriracha flavor or Cheesy Garlic Bread flavor (Frito-Lay)
NEW YORK (AP) - The next Lay's potato chip will taste like chicken
and waffles. Or cheesy garlic bread. Or Sriracha, a hot sauce often used
in Thai dishes.
Lay's is letting potato chip lovers decide which one of the three
will be its newest flavor. All of them will be sold at retailers
nationwide starting this week. After trying them, fans have until May to
vote for their favorites. The flavor with the most votes will stay on
But if the two other flavors sell well, they may remain in stores,
too, said Ann Mukherjee, chief marketing officer at Frito-Lay. "Who
knows, we don't know what's going to happen," she said. "Our intent is
to keep the one that people vote for."
It's the latest promotional stunt that tries to engage customers
through social media and direct interaction, much as Hasbro's Monopoly
did with its recent contest that ended with the addition of a cat game
token and the demise of the iron.
Lay's Chicken & Waffles, Cheesy Garlic Bread and Sriracha were
suggested by three people through the company's "Do Us a Flavor"
campaign. A panel of chefs and flavor experts looked though about 3.8
million submissions and selected about 20 flavors to prototype. From
there, the judges picked the three finalists. Mukherjee said each dish
was cooked in the test kitchen and compared with the flavored chip.
Lay's adds about one new potato chip flavor every year, said
Mukherjee. Last year it launched the Lay's Classic BLT, made to taste
like the sandwich.
This is the first time in Lay's 75-year history that it has let U.S.
consumers choose the company's next flavor. Lay's, which is a unit of
PepsiCo Inc.'s Frito-Lay snack business, has held similar contests in
Frito-Lay first tried such a contest in the United Kingdom for its
Walkers brand in 2008. Fans came up with Walkers Chilli & Chocolate
and Walkers Cajun Squirrel. Builder's Breakfast, which tasted like a
full bacon, sausage and eggs breakfast, won. But the flavor has since
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