Food

The Walkers factory in the Beaumont Leys area of Leicester

The Walkers factory in the Beaumont Leys area of Leicester

Walkers

The company started in the 1880s as pork butchers who later diversified into making crisps in 1948 and are still producing crisps and snacks at their plant in Beaumont Leys. The pork side of the business was taken over by Samworth Brothers in 1986.

Click here to visit the Walkers website.

Click here to visit the Samworth Brothers website.

You can see some vintage Walkers crisps adverts starring Leicester's own Gary Lineker further down this page.

The Fox's Glacier Mints factory in Leicester Forest East

The Fox's Glacier Mints factory in Leicester Forest East

Fox’s

Making sweets since 1897, Eric Fox first established Fox's Glacier Mints in 1918. Based on Oxford Street for many years (a blue plaque marks the spot), the company relocated to Braunstone in the 1960s and is still trading and producing the famous mints.

The Fox's Glacier Mints blue plaque on the site of the former factory, next to the Polar Bear Pub on Oxford Street

The Fox's Glacier Mints blue plaque on the site of the former factory, next to the Polar Bear Pub on Oxford Street

Click here to visit the Fox's website

Also, many major Indian food manufacturers are based in Leicester including Sara Foods, Mayur Foods, Cofresh Snack Foods Ltd, Farsan, Apni Roti, and Spice n Tice.

Below are a selection of adverts for Walkers Crisps starring Leicester's Gary Lineker. This is a very early example from the 1980s.

Walkers 'Salt & Lineker' advert starring Gary Lineker and Paul Gascoigne after the famous 'Gazza crying' incident in the 1990 World Cup Semi-Final.

Walkers 'Welcome Home' advert featuring Gary Lineker having a nostalgic walk around Leicester.


 

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