The Smith's Snackfood Company was founded as Smith's Potato Crisps Ltd. by Frank Smith and Jim Viney in the United Kingdom after World War I. The firm started in Cricklewood, London, reputedly in Smith's garage. In 1927, after buying Jim Viney's share of the business, the company expanded into a factory in Brentford, London, which was enlarged in 1930. During the depression, Smith travelled to Australia to expand the business.
In Australia he set up shop and brought out many new flavours.