Twisties are a type of cheese curl, corn-based snack food product, available mainly in Australia, and other Oceanian countries such as Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji, the Southeast Asian countries Malaysia, Thail Singapore and Brunei, and the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Also available in Italy, but marketed as "Fonzies". It was launched in 1950 by the General Foods Corporation. The brand name is owned by The Smith's Snackfood Company. While originally an Australian-owned company, Smith's was acquired in August 1998 by Frito-Lay, the second largest producer of snack foods in Australia, which in turn is owned by American multi-national PepsiCo. In Malaysia, Twisties is a product of Mondel z International, after having been a part of Danone and later, Kraft Foods previously. In Thail the Twisties trademark is owned by Lay's, which like The Smith's Snackfood Company, is owned by PepsiCo.