The Lay’s Do Us a Flavour Contest Returns


The Lay’s Do Us a Flavour Contest Returns

Canada is a land of food lovers, but what we love to eat is as distinct as the country itself. From Chinese sweet and sour chicken to Italian pizza and Indian curry, we’ve got an endless list of favourite foods, secret family recipes and standing take- out orders. It is exactly these kinds of flavour-packed dishes and food rituals that the Lay’s brand is inviting Canadians to use as their muse for creating the next great potato chip flavour idea.

Back by popular demand, Lay’s – Canada’s favourite potato chip brand – today announced the return of its Do Us a Flavour contest, which invites fans across the country to submit their flavour ideas to be the next great potato chip flavour.

From now until April 23, consumers can submit their flavour ideas at www.Lays.ca/Flavour for a chance to win $50,000 CDN plus one per cent of their flavour’s future sales (after the voting period). Building on the success of last year’s program, the 2014 edition of the Lay’s Do Us a Flavour contest features a new twist – Canadians will now be able to choose from three potato chip styles for their flavour ideas: Lay’s Original, Lay’s Kettle Cooked and/or Lay’s Wavy

Following its 2013 Canadian debut, the Lay’s Do Us a Flavour contest quickly became a blockbuster success with more than 600,000 flavour entries from Canadians across the country. As a nation with an incredible mix of cultures and backgrounds, it’s not surprising that ethnic dishes including jerk chicken, curry, butter chicken and wasabi each received thousands of submissions.

“Food and flavour are a natural passion point for so many Canadians.” says Susan Irving, Director of Marketing, PepsiCo Foods Canada. “From family-favourite recipes to ethnic take-out staples, we are inviting fans across the country to draw on these beloved dishes to find inspiration and submit a flavour idea.”

A national survey commissioned by the Lay’s brand and hosted on the Angus Reid Forum, confirms a number of interesting flavour insights including:

• At least 1 in 5 (21 per cent) Canadians has had an idea for a potato chip flavour of their own,
and of those, 52 per cent say their inspiration was their favourite food.
• 46 per cent of Canadians reported they can think of a favourite food or dish that they or their
family eat, that would make a tasty chip.
• Of a list of favourite international dishes, respondents reported that Italian pizza (21 per cent),
Chinese sweet and sour chicken (17 per cent), Mexican guacamole (15 per cent) and Indian
chicken curry (11 per cent) were most likely to taste great as a potato chip.
• Of the listed take-out foods from other countries, half (50 per cent) of all Canadians surveyed
said they order Chinese food most often and one-quarter (26 per cent) say they most often order Italian.

As part of this year’s competition, television personality James Cunningham teams up with the Lay’s brand for its Do Us a Flavour contest for the first time. A food explorer, James is passionate about discovering great flavours through his intrepid culinary adventures and food truck finds.

“I spend a lot of time trying over-the-top dishes and celebrating exotic flavours across this great country,” says James Cunningham, host of Eat St. “Now I get to inspire Canadians to celebrate their own creativity and submit their ideas for the next big Lay’s potato chip flavour.”

The Lay’s Do Us a Flavour contest has been held in numerous countries with consumers submitting more than 12 million flavour ideas worldwide. Last year the Canadian contest received more than 600,000 flavour ideas from fans across the country. Globally, the Do Us a Flavour campaign has resulted in a wide spectrum of chip flavour ideas including:

Mastana Mango (India)
• Walkie Talkie Chicken (South Africa)
• Caesar Salad and Late Night Kabob (Australia)
• Chilli & Chocolate and Cajun Squirrel (UK)
• Cheesy Garlic Bread (U.S.)

Canadians can now engage with Lay’s Canada on www.Lays.ca/Flavour, and join the flavour conversation on the brand’s new Twitter destination at www.twitter.com/LaysCanada.

This year, the contest is being hosted on the Lay’s Canada Do Us a Flavour microsite at www.Lays.ca/Flavour. Visitors can submit flavour ideas from now until April 23 and interact with the brand in deeper, more social ways, such as:
• Sharing flavour submissions on social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,
Tumblr and Instagram (mobile)
• Engaging with the site’s “Flavour Showdown” – a fun way to see flavours that have been
submitted by fans coast to coast and announcing which ones they’d like to eat
• Declaring their favourite flavours by clicking the “I’d Eat That!” button

In April, the submissions will be narrowed down to four finalist flavours by a panel of qualified judges and will then be made available in stores nationwide beginning on or around August 10. Once they hit shelves, Lay’s fans across the country will be able to purchase and try all four finalist flavours and vote for their favourite until October 15, 2014.

While all four finalists will have the chance to see their flavours come alive on the shelf, only the grand prize winner will take home $50,000 plus one per cent of their flavour’s future sales (after the voting period). The grand prize winner is set to be announced in November 2014.

More details and official contest rules are available at www.Lays.ca/Flavour.


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James Chung

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