Business | 6 months ago

Everybody you know loves crisps. Can you think of a single person who, when you offer them a crips, they've said "No. I don't like crisps"? Us neither.

And it turns out that us Irish aren't just accidentally big fans of crisps, we're practically genetically pre-disposed to love them.

According to Tom Keogh - the guy behind Keogh Crisps - began his career in the family business, selling potatoes.

Speaking to The Capital B podcast, Keogh talks about how selling crisps wasn't even his idea to begin with. Between 2002 and 2012, there was a massive 50% drop in sales in potatoes in Ireland when people started to look elsewhere for sides for their dinners, such as pasta and rice.

He turned to exporting his potatoes in the States, but with discussions with the Animal & Plant Health Officials, who told him that his potatoes were a banned substance.

However, one of the officials did inform him that maybe he should look into cooking his products: "If you cook them, you bypass all the red-tape, and you've got access into the market. So that was our light-bulb moment."

Four years later, travelling around the world to learn more about the process of cooking crisps, and claims he can now blind-taste test any brand of crisps and now immediately what they are.

On top of that, he reveals why it is that Irish people specifically seem to love crisps:

"The Irish palette is attuned to growing really high dry matter flour-y potatoes. We love it, and we're unique worldwide. We only like flour-y potatoes, and in that is a little secret for cooking crisps, because the flour-y'er the potato, the less oil is used in the cooking process, the less oilier the crisps taste."


So there you have it. Crisps were in our DNA the whole time!

You can listen to the full interview with Tom Keogh and the rest of this week's The Capital B podcast below:

While you're here...

Why not hit play on the video below to let funnyman Fred Cooke woo you with his sexy French accent, Dara Dynamite ditches the Speedos to become a Kingsman, Mayo band Flat Out put the woe of the All-Ireland Final behind them to perform the Magic Cover and Justine Stafford takes to the streets to find a date for the Debs.


We also caught up with the cast of Kingmsan: The Golden Circle – Taron Egerton and Mark Strong – as well as the stars of new Irish film Maze – Barry Ward and Nidge himself, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (and his wonderful hat).

It's all jam-packed into this week's episode of The JOE Show, so what are you waiting for?

Check it out right here...

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Ireland, Food, Business, Crisps, Keoghs