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Who: Seabrook Crisps

What: Lattice – Tantalising Sweet Chilli Crisps

Where: Bagged snacks

When: Launched April 2014

How much: £1/120g

Why: Seabrook made its first foray into premium territory this year with lattice-cut crisps in sharing bags. The Bradford business – which introduced the crinkle-cut crisp to the UK in the 1950s – has invested a six-figure sum to make the crisps, which it claimed are the only lattice-cut currently on the market. In addition to the flavour tested here, they are available in natural sea salt, sea salt & red wine vinegar, rich farmhouse cheese and onion, and black pepper & sea salt.

Consumer verdict: Despite not being considered particularly new or different by some of our testers, Seabrook scored strongly across the board for its taste, price, packaging and overall quality. A further benefit was that these crisps were “less oily, with balanced flavours and a bit of a kick.” Overall, the crisps were said to be affordable, “very tasty” and ideal for chilling out, and achieved a score five points above the category average.

Pre-trial purchase: 64%

Post-trial purchase: 66%

Better than what’s out there: 49%

New and different: 55%

Overall score: 44/50

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