Potato chips - Just "one"
PepsiCo’s potato chips, popularly known as “Lays” has become a staple snack among all age groups. Crunching those yummy lip smacking chips, has anyone wondered “how is it manufactured?” and the “aloo” behind it? Pepsico has legal rights to a special type of potatoes, which it uses in lays products.
How did the potato issue begin?
The US multinational company, PepsiCo Inc has created a special type of potato variety. It is called the FC-5, which has a reduced moisture content making it better to make potato chips. Pepsi officials had initially said that farmers in Gujarat were infringing on their FC-5 potato patent – saying they would drop a lawsuit. The case garnered global attention, when the multi national company sued four farmers in April for cultivating the exclusive potato variety.
Withdrawal of lawsuit after outrage in Gujarat
In an Ahmedabad civil court on Friday, PepsiCo’s lawyer offered a settlement on terms:
- Either the farmers give an undertaking that they will not use its registered variety.
- Or they must enter PepsiCo’s collaborative farming program where farmers sell their produce back to the company.