Tayto Business Trip

On Friday 29th September almost forty Year 11 and 12 Btec Business pupils accompanied by Mrs H Mullan, Mr P Smyth and A Duthie made the journey to Tandragee in Co.  Down to visit and tour Tayto Castle.  Set deep in the heart of the Ulster countryside Tayto Castle is where Tayto crisps and snacks have been made for the past 60 years.

Established in 1956 and still owned by the same family – the Hutchinsons, Tayto pride themselves in employing local people and using local ingredients and materials to produce great tasting crisps and snacks for everyone to enjoy. In their 60th year, they were also proud to support Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink 2016.  Over the past five years the family owned company has grown from strength to strength since the acquisition of major brands including Golden Wonder, Real Crisps, Mr Porky and Jonathan Crisp. This has confirmed their place as the third largest snack manufacturer in the UK.

Withur is made to the same recipe as it has for the last 60 years. Only a very select few know the secret recipe which has been carefully passed down to the current day.  Not even the most inquisitive of our pupils managed to undercover this closely guarded secret... although it is fair to say they tried!  All the pupils were delighted to have the opportunity to experience the full magic of Tayto, where they got to see how their fantastic crisps and snacks were made, take part in various tasting sessions throughout the tour and even met Mr Tayto the brand mascot.

Of course the day wouldnt be complete without a trip to McDonalds on the way home, a reward for their exceptionally good behaviour... a treat that each and every one of them deserved...even Mr P Smyth!

H Mullan