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Frito-Lay Canada, Inc.
Wholly owned subsidiary
Industry Food products
Founded 1935; 88 years ago (1935) (as Hostess Food Products)
1988; 35 years ago (1988) (as Hostess-Frito Lay Company)
Founder Edward Snyder
Headquarters 5550 Explorer Drive, 8th Floor, ,
Area served
Products Lay's, Fritos, Doritos, Ruffles, Cheetos, Sun Chips, Tostitos, Rold Gold, Smartfood
Owner PepsiCo
Parent Frito-Lay

Frito-Lay Canada, Inc.; formerly the Hostess Frito-Lay Company (French: La Société Hostess Frito-Lay) is a Canadian division of the U.S.-based Frito-Lay owned as a subsidiary of PepsiCo that manufactures, markets and sells corn chips, potato chips and other snack foods. The primary snack food brands produced under the Frito-Lay name include Fritos corn chips, Cheetos cheese-flavored snacks, Doritos and Tostitos tortilla chips, Lay's and Ruffles potato chips, Smartfood flavored popcorn and Rold Gold pretzels. The company is headquartered in Mississauga, west of Toronto and has four production plants in Cambridge, Ontario; Lévis, Quebec; Kentville, Nova Scotia; and Taber/Lethbridge, Alberta.


Ford F-350 (Frito Lay)
A Ford F-350 truck with the Hostess-Frito Lay logos.

The company was established in 1935 as Hostess Food Products by Edward Snyder when he began cooking chips on his mother's kitchen stove in Breslau, outside Kitchener, Ontario. Snyder later sold the Hostess to E.W. Vanstone in 1954 which in turn selling the business to General Foods in 1959.

Frito-Lay's roots began in the early 1930s as two separate companies, The Frito Company and H.W. Lay & Company, which merged in 1961 to form Frito-Lay, Inc. Four years later in 1965, Frito-Lay, Inc. merged with the Pepsi-Cola Company to form PepsiCo. Its presence in Canada began sometime in the late 1960s as Frito-Lay Canada as a subsidiary of PepsiCo.

A partnership to distribute snack foods developed between Hostess Food Products and Frito-Lay in 1987 and the merger was completed in 1988. The new organization became the Hostess Frito-Lay Company. In 1992, PepsiCo acquired the joint venture by buying out General Foods' remaining interest after its sale by Kraft Foods, but retained the Hostess Frito-Lay name. In 2002, Hostess Frito-Lay was renamed to Frito-Lay Canada, Inc..


Much like its American counterpart, Frito-Lay Canada controls Frito-Lay product research and development, sales and distribution within Canada. Its primary brands include Lay's and Ruffles potato chips, Doritos tortilla chips, Tostitos tortilla chips and dips, Cheetos cheese flavored snacks, Fritos corn chips, Rold Gold pretzels, Sun Chips, and Smartfood popcorn. Products made by this division are sold to independent distributors and retailers, and are transported from Frito-Lay's manufacturing plants to distribution centers, primarily in vehicles owned and operated by the company.


  • Lay's
    • Standard Chips
      • Classic
      • Sour Cream and Onion
      • Ketchup
      • Bar•B•Q
      • Salt and Vinegar
      • Dill Pickle
      • Lightly Salted
      • Roast Chicken
      • Cheddar and Sour Cream
      • Old Fashioned Bar•B•Q
      • Cheese and Onion (Limited)
      • Spicy Cheddar Limited
    • Wavy
      • Cheddar & Sour Cream
      • Hickory Bar•B•Q
      • Lightly Salted
      • Original
      • Salt and Vinegar
      • Sour Cream and Sriracha
    • Stax
      • Original
      • Cheedar
      • Bar•B•Q
      • Salt and Vinegar
      • Sour Cream and Onion
  • Doritos
    • Nacho Cheese
    • Flaming Hot Nacho Cheese (Limited)
    • Cool Ranch
    • Jalapeño Cheddar
    • Intense Pickle
    • Zesty Cheese
    • Bold BBQ
    • Sweet Chili Heat
    • Roulette
    • Collisions: Habanero and Guacamole
    • Ketchup (Limited)
    • Guacamole (Limited)
    • Sonic Sour Cream (Limited, new 2017)
  • Ruffles
    • Regular
    • Sour Cream and Onion
    • All Dressed
    • Bar•B•Q
    • Flaming Hot BBQ (Spring 2019)
    • Sour Cream and Bacon
    • Loaded Potato Skins
    • Chili Cheese
    • Mozzarella and Marinara
    • Sweet & Spicy
    • Salt and Vinegar
  • Cheetos
    • Puffs
    • Crunchy
    • Crunchy Jalapeño
    • Crunchy Flamin’ Hot Sweet Chilli
    • Crunchy Flamin' Hot
  • Sun Chips
    • French Onion
    • Harvest Cheddar
    • Garden Salsa
  • Miss Vickie's
    • Original
    • Sea Salt and Malt Vinegar
    • Jalapeño
    • Sweet Chili and Sour Cream
    • Lime and Black Pepper
    • Applewood Smoke BBQ
    • Harvest Cheddar and Herbs
    • Sweet Southern BBQ
    • Honey Dijon (Spring 2019)
  • Kurkure
    • Masala Munch
  • Hostess
    • Hickory Sticks
  • Smartfood
    • Standard Popcorn
      • Movie Night Butter
      • White Cheddar
      • Asiago and Black Pepper
      • Jalapeno and Cheddar
      • Gouda and Chive
      • Sour Cream and Onion
      • Sweet and Salty
      • Indulgence: Milk Chocolate & Caramel Drizzle
      • Indulgence: Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Drizzle
    • Delight
      • White Cheddar
      • Sea Salt
      • Salted Caramel


  • Hostess
    • Regular
    • Sour Cream and Onion
    • Ketchup
    • Genuine Barbecue
    • Salt and Vinegar
    • Dill Pickle
  • Doritos
    • Texas Tang
    • Late Night Cheeseburger
    • Loaded Nacho
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