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Tributes paid to man who launched iconic Maltese snack

Tributes have been paid to the man behind one of Malta’s most iconic snacks.

Ray Calleja, who launched Twistees in the 1960s, passed away on Tuesday morning.

The company confirmed the sad news on Facebook, calling on the public to attend his funeral this Saturday.

Mr Calleja set up the Darrell Lee Foods factory in Marsa in 1975 and was chairman of Strand Palace and Tastees Manufacturing until his death.

Twistees became one of the first snacks to be baked and not fried, with no artificial ingredients or colourings.

Mr Calleja’s son Steven started to export Twistees under the brand name of Tastees to Britain, Australia, Canada, the United States, Germany, Finland and Libya in 2007.


The Maltese cheesy snack is now widely exported around the world.

Twistees fans and former employees were quick to pay tribute to Mr Calleja on social media after news of his sad death.

One said: ‘Thank you for the joy that your product gave to me and now also to my kids.’

A former Twistees employee posted: ‘I am shocked to hear this news. Ray Calleja was my boss for many years and a true gentleman.’

Another fan wrote on Facebook: ‘I grew up in Malta but when I left the things I missed were Twistees, Kinnie and pastizzi.’

Announcement: It is with great sorrow to announce the demise of Mr. Ray Calleja, Chairperson of Strand Palace Agencies…

Publiée par Twistees Malta sur Jeudi 9 janvier 2020

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