Frito-Lay has good news for corn growers

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ST. LOUIS — Two recent announcements from Frito-Lay are good news to American consumers and corn growers in particular, according to the National Corn Growers Association.

In an era of rising food prices and lower commodity prices, the foodmaker is increasing the portion size of some items while not raising the prices, they announced this week. And some packages for its Sun Chips brand will be made with polylactic acid, a corn-based material.

Many corn growers supply corn to Frito-Lay and have worked well with the company in the past, said National Corn Growers Association President Bob Dickey, a farmer in Laurel, Neb.

“We’re excited to see these changes. And, of course, we’re hoping that someday we can eat all our favorite corn snacks out of corn-based bags.”

Portions

As part of its continuing commitment to deliver value to consumers, Frito-Lay North America reported it recently began to add 20 percent more product into its take-home sized Doritos, Tostitos, Cheetos and Fritos products, without increasing the price.

Packaging

Sun Chips brand will be the first to test a fully compostable snack chip bag made from polylactic acid. The outer layer of packaging on 10-ounce size Sun Chips snack bags will be made with polylactic acid; by Earth Day 2010, the foodmaker plans to rollout a package for its Sun Chips snacks where all layers are made from polylactic acid material, so the package is 100 percent compostable.

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