The Globe and Mail

Go to the Globe and Mail homepage

Jump to main navigationJump to main content

Globe Investor

News Sources

Take control of your investments with the latest investing news and analysis

Press release from PR Newswire

Lay's Potato Chips Issues Last Call For Consumers To Submit Next Great Potato Chip Flavor Idea For A Shot At $1 Million Payout

Monday, September 24, 2012

Lay's Potato Chips Issues Last Call For Consumers To Submit Next Great Potato Chip Flavor Idea For A Shot At $1 Million Payout07:02 EDT Monday, September 24, 2012Eva Longoria, Michael Symon Among Panel of Judges to Select Three Finalist Flavors For Launch Nationwide in Early 2013PLANO, Texas, Sept. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lay's brand today announced a last call for submissions for the next great Lay's potato chip flavor. Lay's, one of the marquee brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, kicked off its "Do Us A Flavor" contest in July to invite fans to submit their potato chip flavor ideas for the chance to win $1 million in grand prize money or one percent of their flavor's 2013 net sales (whichever is higher). Fans now have less than two weeks until submissions close on Oct. 6, 2012 to share their flavor inspirations through an application on the Lay's Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/lays). The winning flavor will be revealed in 2013, the year Lay's ? America's most-loved potato chip brand ? celebrates its 75-year anniversary. Three finalist flavors will be fully developed by Frito-Lay's culinary experts and unveiled in early 2013. Then, it will be up to fans to vote for the finalist flavor they love most with the winning flavor being revealed in May 2013. The two runner-up finalists will each win $50,000 in prize money, with the grand prize winner taking home $1 million or one percent of the 2013 net sales of the winning flavor (whichever is higher). Actress and restaurateur Eva Longoria, and celebrity chef and restaurateur Michael Symon will be part of a judging panel made up of chefs, foodies and flavor experts who will narrow down the contest submissions to three finalist flavors. In addition, the two have been appearing in national television and online advertising, as well as a retail marketing campaign to support the contest. Longoria, an award-winning actress, best-selling cookbook author and philanthropist, is the owner of Beso, one of the hottest eateries in Los Angeles known for its eclectic menu of colorful and tasty dishes from around the world. Originally from Cleveland, Symon is the current co-host of the ABC daytime talk show "The Chew" and appears on the Food Network's "Iron Chef America" and Cooking Channel's "Symon's Suppers." He is also the owner of four award-winning restaurants located in America's heartland: Lola, Lolita, Roast and B Spot, as well as the recently opened Bar Symon inside Pittsburgh International Airport.   Now through Oct. 6, 2012, fans can submit their flavor suggestions by following instructions on the Lay's Facebook Page or by using their cell phone to text FLAVOR to CHIPS (24477). To submit a suggestion, fans will be asked to provide their flavor name, up to three possible ingredients and a 140-character description or inspiration for their flavor. Visitors to the Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" Page can also interact on Facebook in deeper, more social ways. Exclusively for the contest, consumers can select their favorite flavors by clicking an "I'd Eat That" button, and they can share their voting activity back to the Facebook community, providing consumers with a fun opportunity to interact with their friends and other contestants in head-to-head "flavor showdowns." In addition, consumers in need of additional inspiration can use Chef Michael Symon's "Flavorizer" app, which scans the individual's Facebook timeline to recommend ingredients most unique to him or her.  The "Do Us A Flavor" contest has already been held in numerous countries with consumers suggesting more than eight million ideas for chips flavors around the world.  From the UK and India to Australia and South Africa, the "Do Us A Flavor" contest has resulted in a wide spectrum of popular consumer-created chip flavors, including Mastana Mango, Walkie Talkie Chicken, Caesar Salad, Chilli & Chocolate, Late Night Kebob and even Cajun Squirrel. This marks the first time the "Do Us A Flavor" contest has been held in the U.S. More details and official contest rules are available at www.facebook.com/lays.About Lay's Lay's potato chips is one of the billion-dollar brands that makes up Frito-Lay North America, the $13 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo (NYSE:  PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY.  Learn more about Lay's by visiting www.facebook.com/lays or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lays.About PepsiCoPepsiCo is a global food and beverage leader with net revenues of more than $65 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. Our main businesses ? Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola ? make hundreds of enjoyable foods and beverages that are loved throughout the world. PepsiCo's people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo's promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment by conserving energy and water and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support and invest in the local communities where we operate. For more information, please visit www.pepsico.com. Follow PepsiCo:Twitter (@PepsiCo) Facebook PepsiCo Blogs PepsiCo Press Releases PepsiCo Multimedia PepsiCo Videos SOURCE Frito-Lay North AmericaFor further information: Chris Kuechenmeister, Frito-Lay, +1-972-334-2044, chris.kuechenmeister@pepsico.com