Business Studies visit to the Tayto Factory 2017

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On Thursday 5th January the Business Studies students visited the Tayto Factory in Tandragee. The aim of the visit was to investigate production methods used by the company. This helped the students to consolidate the information they had been taught in their lessons.

 

 

They were accompanied by Mrs McGurk, Mrs Frew and Mrs Leslie. On arrival we were welcomed by staff and Mr Tayto himself, and then divided into groups. We were given a briefing, and aprons and hair nets had to be worn for health and safety purposes. Very fetching! Each group was then escorted around the factory by a tour guide, who provided informative and interesting facts about the business. This also enabled the students to ask questions and sample some of their products.

 

Throughout the visit, students also gained an insight into other aspects of business. This included information such as where their raw materials are obtained, machinery used in production, products on offer, competitors and the market. They were shown how the packaging for Tayto crisps has changed over the years, and the extension of the product range to accommodate healthier options. They were interested to find out that Tayto are called ‘O’Hanlon’s’ in America, and the reasoning behind this. Another important aspect of the factory is health and safety, and the students were able to identify many instances where the business adheres to legislation.

 

At the end of the tour, the students received a multi-pack of their choice. A tasty end to the tour indeed! The visit was enjoyable for students and staff alike, and we look forward to going again next year.

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