|Subsidiary of PepsiCo|
|Headquarters||Mexico City, Mexico|
Sabritas was founded in 1943 by Pedro Antonio Marcos Noriega as Golosinas y Productos Selectos in Mexico City. It produced and sold potato chips, corn chips and snacks, however it relied on a small distribution network which was mostly bicycle-based. The name is a portmanteau of Sabrosas y Fritas, which means Tasty and Fried (or Fried ones) in Spanish.
In 2000, Sabritas made taco shells that inadvertently contained Starlink, a genetically modified corn that was not approved for human consumption. The contaminated flour was supplied by a mill in Texas. The shells were made on behalf of Kraft, which distributed them in Taco Bell-branded packages to supermarkets; Kraft recalled the taco shells when the Starlink was detected by Friends of the Earth.
Sabritas is the brand under which Pepsico brands the Frito-Lay products in Mexico, such as Cheetos, Fritos, Doritos and Ruffles. It is also the namesake for its own line of potato chips. Frito-Lay also sells variations of its products under the Sabritas brand in U.S. states bordering Mexico. Some seasons, every bag of Sabritas contains non-wrapped plastic and Tazos. Tazos are known as POGS in the U.S. It also has several local products such as Crujitos, Poffets, Rancheritos and Sabritones. Sabritas controls around 80% of the Mexican snacks market, while the company's main competitor, Grupo Bimbo's Barcel has 12% of it.
In 1982, in the middle of the Latin American debt crisis it created Sonric's as a way to expand its product line with candies and as a response to lowered demand because of the contraction of economic power. The brand is known because of its mascot, a wizard (known as El Maguito Sonrics) and it is pretty popular among kids.
The brand was so successful that it later expanded to other markets that did not fit well in Sonric's' such as dry powder mixes and flavored water, so it was decided to create Alegro Internacional, a new division of Pepsico to fit these.
- Taco Bell Recalls Shells That Used Bioengineered Corn - Los Angeles Times
- "Estrategias Branding en LatinoAmerica". Retrieved 10 July 2004.