Pringles Christmas tree in Spinningfields, Manchester, England in 2014
Pringles Christmas tree in Spinningfields, Manchester, England in 2014
  • Pringles were first sold in America in 1968 and were created by Alexander Liepa. He was a chemist who worked for Procter & Gamble and developed the process of making the chips.
  • The original name of Pringles was Pringle’s Newfangled Potato Chips. The name was meant to emphasize the novelty and innovation of the product.
  • The name ‘Pringles’ came from a street name called Pringle Drive in Finneytown, Ohio. Procter & Gamble wanted a name that started with “P” and found it in a Cincinnati phone book.
  • The inventor of the Pringles can was Fredric J. Baur, who was also a chemist and food storage technician for Procter & Gamble. He patented the design of the cylindrical container with a resealable lid in 1970.
  • Baur was so proud of his invention that he requested to be cremated and buried in a Pringles can when he died in 2008. His family honored his wish and used an original flavor can for his ashes.
  • The shape of Pringles is called a hyperbolic paraboloid, which is a curved surface that has two saddle points. This shape allows the chips to stack neatly and uniformly inside the can.
  • The machine that makes Pringles was developed by Gene Wolfe, who was a fantasy author and a former engineer for Procter & Gamble. He helped create the device that cooked and shaped the dough into thin crisps.
  • The mascot of Pringles is a smiling face with a mustache and a bow tie, named Julius Pringle. He has appeared on the logo since 1968, but has undergone some changes over the years, such as getting eyebrows and hair.
  • The dot above the “i” in Pringles is sometimes shaped like a chip, matching Julius Pringle’s mustache. This is a subtle way of reinforcing the brand identity and adding some fun to the logo.
  • Pringles are not considered potato chips in some countries, because they contain only about 40% potato content. The rest of the ingredients are wheat starch, corn flour, rice flour, vegetable oil, salt, and seasoning.
  • In 2008, Procter & Gamble successfully argued in a UK court that Pringles are not potato chips, but rather savory snacks. This saved them from paying a 15% value-added tax that applies to potato products.
  • Pringles are sold in over 140 countries and make an annual sale of over 1.4 billion dollars. They are one of the most popular snack brands in the world, with fans of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Pringles come in many different flavors, some of which are standard and some of which are limited edition or regional. Some of the most common flavors are Original, Sour Cream & Onion, Salt & Vinegar, Cheddar Cheese, and Barbecue.
  • Some of the most unusual flavors of Pringles are Ketchup, Chilli Cheese Dog, Texas BBQ Sauce, Cajun, Seaweed, Soft-shell Crab, Grilled Shrimp, Blueberry & Hazelnut, Milk Chocolate, and White Chocolate Peppermint.
  • Pringles have been involved in some marketing campaigns and collaborations with other brands and celebrities. For example, they partnered with Star Wars to create special edition cans with characters from the movies.
  • Pringles also teamed up with Wendy’s to create Baconator-flavored chips, inspired by the fast-food chain’s signature burger. The chips were supposed to taste like beef, cheese, bacon, ketchup, and mayonnaise.
  • Pringles have been used for various creative purposes by fans and artists. For example, some people have made sculptures out of Pringles cans or chips, such as animals, buildings, or portraits.
  • Another creative use of Pringles is to make a “cantenna”, which is an antenna made from a can. Because the inside of Pringles cans is made of foil, the tube can be used to extend wireless networks, phone, and radio reception.
  • Pringles have also been featured in some scientific experiments and demonstrations. For example, some people have shown how to make a solar oven out of a Pringles can, or how to measure the speed of light using Pringles and a microwave.
  • Pringles have a loyal fan base and a strong online presence. They have over 23 million followers on Facebook, where they post updates, contests, memes, and videos. They also have a website, a YouTube channel, and a Twitter account.

Pringles Statistics

  • Pringles were sold in more than 140 countries as of 2011. They are one of the most widely distributed snack brands in the world.
  • Pringles had a global market share of 2.2% in 2012, making them the fourth most popular snack brand after Lay’s, Doritos and Cheetos. They are especially popular in Europe and North America.
  • Pringles had a revenue of over 1.4 billion dollars in 2012, before they were sold by Procter & Gamble to Kellogg’s. They are one of the most profitable snack products for Kellogg’s.
  • Pringles had a revenue of 1.2 billion dollars from the U.S. market alone in 2020, making them the third-ranking potato chips product in the country after Lay’s and Ruffles. They have a loyal customer base and a strong online presence in the U.S.
  • Pringles have a potato content of only about 40%, which means they are not subject to a 15% value-added tax that applies to potato products in some countries like the UK. This gives them a competitive advantage over other potato chips brands.

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