Chip Packet Collectors are as rare today as some of the packets them self. I think that I’m one of the only people with such a huge collection in Australia, let me know if you also have a good collection, perhaps we could swap? When the packets changed from the old plastic style like these packs pictured on shelf below, to a foil packaging for both potato & corn chips, I started to collect the packets I ate rather than throw them out.
Burger Rings, Chickadees & Super Crunch Twisties. This lot I happened to find under the house I live at when I had to dig some dirt, buried under there was some rubbish dated 70’s – 90’s.
It’s obvious then that these packs take some time to break down, so get under your house if its from a bygone era, and see if you have some old chip packets or lolly wrappers strewn or buried, I would be keen to buy them from you, or they are are great keepsake for yourself !!
I pressed the packs in a folder and just kept collecting them, the vibrant colors and designs were ‘out there’ with some interesting animated characters on the front, such as Marvel Hereos, Star Wars, Batman, Austin Powers, Simpsons, etc, appeared on the front of these, so as they cost nothing to collect I kept them cause normally this is something people are quick to throw away.
This was the 90’s, the period where the whole Tazo phenomenon happened, so there is heaps of Tazos labelled packets within this site >> Tazo Albums and Tazo Fan Club is a great page fro Tazo Stuff and see below for other links.
One photograph shows when each packet got washed with mild soap to get remnants of salt, oil & flavouring that could and will eventually destroy these graphics. When they hung out to dry they really made for some unusual photos! Once I’d finished washing and drying the hundreds of packets, I have laid them out and photographed each one of them for you to see…. more chip links below.
Brand Names I have in the collection are varioud, Twisties, Samboy, CC’s, Freers, Lites, Colvan, Cheetos, Cheezels, Kangas, Viva, Ruffles, Jacks, by companies like Arnott’s , Viva, Frito-Lay, APD, Smiths Snack Foods, Snack Brands Australia.
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The snack food companies in Australia all have similar names now which can be confusing, here is a break up of it for you.
Snack Brands Australia (SBA) is 100% Australian, and successfully a huge competitor to Pepsico, an American company with a subsidiary established in Australia named The Smith’s Snackfood Company…. SBA started in Australia, August 1998, Snack Foods Limited being the parent company.
Smith’s Snackfood Company, was bought out by Frito-Lay, producer of salty snack foods in Australia (which is a subsidiary of PepsiCo,) Frito-Lay agreed with the ACCC to divest a range of brands to make sure unfair trading practices didn’t happen from a monopoly stronghold..
Those brands included; Cheezels, CC’s, Thins & Tasty Jacks (once owned by Arnotts), and Australia’s favorite, Samboy, and I believe Kettle was in that agreement too.
Campbell Arnott’s sold Arnott’s Snackfoods In April 2008 to The Real McCoy Snackfood Co. , securing Snack Brands Australia with the popular Samboy chip, re-released after a short spell of not being available, it returned to Australian shelves prompted by requests from social media and the like.
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