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Facts about Pringles chips

IN THE CHIPS

Trivia about Pringles chips, which Kellogg Co. said it will buy from Procter & Gamble Co. for $2.7 billion.

■The chips were first test marketed in 1968, then went on sale nationally in 1971.

■The chips are made from a dough that is just 42 percent dried potatoes; the dough is cut and placed on carriers, fried, and seasoned on one side.

■It takes about three or four potatoes to make a can of Pringles.

■The chips got their name after a P&G employee noticed a street called “Pringle Drive’’ in Cincinnati; the name had a cheerful, nostalgic sound that executives felt paired well with the word “potato.’’

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■The chips were packaged in cans to preserve the freshness and the shape of the chips.

■An artist created the mustachioed man on the can.

■The man who designed the Pringles packaging system was so proud of his accomplishment that a portion of his ashes were buried in one of the tall, circular cans.

■Two-thirds of Pringles’ $1.5 billion in annual sales comes from outside the United States.

SOURCE: Procter & Gamble Co.