Tayto and Barrys were two brands most missed by Irish living abroad, while Guinness came in ninth.

A survey by retail trade magazine Checkout revealed that 61% of 441 respondents said that they miss Tayto when overseas, with 34% claiming they miss the famous crisps “a lot”.

Tayto and Barrys were two brands most missed by Irish living abroad, while Guinness came in ninth.

Next on the diaspora’s wish list was Kerrygold Butter, with 54% of respondents claiming they missed its taste and 30% claiming they missed it a lot.

Next on the list was Cadbury’s chocolate, followed by Barry’s Tea.

Denny rashers and sausages were also high up the list of absent friends, along with Galtee rashers and Lyons tea.

Guinness came in ninth place, just ahead of Jacob’s biscuits.

However, 45% of respondents said they didn’t miss Guinness at all when overseas, a statement that tallies with another section of the survey in which respondents were asked to rank certain items as to whether or not there was better quality on offer in Ireland.

More than three quarters of respondents said that stout was better at home, while rashers, butter, and milk also got the home vote.

When it came to fruit, lager, and cakes though, it was felt that items of better quality were available overseas.

The survey was split between 141 adults already living abroad and 300 adults who had recently lived abroad for at least six months.

According to Checkout editor Stephen Wynne-Jones, the survey sums up our food and drink preoccupations perfectly.

“While the Irish diaspora now spreads right across the globe, it seems that when it comes to foods that remind them of home, Tayto is top of the list,” he said.

“With Christmas just around the corner, expect many of these top Irish brands to be shipped out en masse to hungry Irish overseas.”

John O’Mahony, associate director of firm Behaviour & Attitudes, which conducted the survey, said the poll also captured our fixation with uniquely Irish staples.

“The diaspora affirms our agrarian strengths by advocating the quality of Ireland’s meat and dairy produce most of all,” he said.

“Beyond our unique stout, it’s the Irish rasher that stands apart in an international context.”

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