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It’s October, which means the colors are changing.

In nature, there are browns, reds, oranges and yellows as autumn takes hold.

Everywhere else, there’s pink. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means that items ranging from accessories to sporting gear are turning pink. And food is no exception.

Some of the new pink offerings are rose-colored spins on already popular flavors, like Cape Cod Potato Chips Pink Himalayan Salt & Red Wine Vinegar chips. While the bag is perfectly pink, the kettle-cooked chips appear to be normal colored — though 5% of the proceeds from the limited-batch flavor go to the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dippin' Dots and Doc Popcorn are also getting into the pink, but not through their individual products. Each location is collecting funds in-store to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a cause inspired by CEO Scott Fischer's mother's struggles with the disease.

However, Doc Popcorn isn't leaving the unofficial color of the season behind. The shop is selling a pink PopBucket — which holds about eight cups of popcorn — from which $4 from the proceeds will be donated to the foundation.

— Megan Poinski
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Deputies: South Carolina Teen Lied in Potato Chip Shooting
WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a teen intentionally shot his cousin for eating his potato chips, but lied and called it an accidental shooting.
Colleton County sheriff's deputies said once the 17-year-old victim recovered, he told investigators the truth about what happened.
Authorities say 19-year-old Ryan Langdale gave deputies a different gun than the one fired in the Sept. 29 shooting, saying his cousin accidentally shot himself.
Deputies say the victim eventually told them Langdale shot him in the chest after warning him not to eat his chips. Investigators say they also found the gun really used in the shooting.
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Walkers launch UK’s first crisp packet recycling scheme after public call to action

08 Oct 2018 --- PepsiCo's Walkers brand is set to launch the UK’s first nationwide recycling scheme for crisp packets. Consumers will be encouraged to either drop off their packets at one of the hundreds of public access collection points that will be developed all around the country or alternatively post them for free directly to TerraCycle for recycling. The move comes after intense public pressure for Walkers to address the volume of plastic waste generated through its packaging.
Under the scheme, developed in partnership with the recycling company TerraCycle, all crisp packets will be accepted. Once the packets have been collected they will be cleaned, shredded and turned into small plastic pellets which will then be converted into useful plastic items, such as benches and fence posts.

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All the Chips You Didn’t Know Were Vegan
Chips, crisps—whatever you call ’em, they’re delicious. And you know what’s awesome? There are lots of vegan ones to go around. Here’s a list of some of our faves:

7-Eleven Brand:
7-Eleven BBQ

7-Eleven Hot Italian Sausage

7-Eleven Original

7-Eleven Prime Rib

7-Eleven Select Kettle Style Barbecue

7-Eleven Select Kettle Style Original

7-Eleven Select Kettle Style Salt and Vinegar

Beanfields Barbecue

Beanfields Black Bean & Sea Salt

Beanfields Jalapeño Nacho

Beanfields Nacho

Beanfields Pico De Gallo

Beanfields Sea Salt

Beanfields White Bean & Sea Salt
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Local company goes from kitchen to supermarket
In just a few years, a Clark County couple went from making homemade potato chips on their kitchen counter to distributing thousands of bags to some of the largest grocery chains in Ohio.
The success of Rue Farms Rustic Potato Chips is particularly surprising because until December 2012, owners Matt and Jeanne Rue, of Springfield, rarely ever ate potato chips. But they felt bad after their daughter bought them a deep fryer for Christmas that year, and made a small batch just to find some use for the appliance.
Now, the company sells its locally-made, kettle-cooked chips at grocers like Whole Foods, Kroger and Jungle Jim’s, as well as numerous smaller stores statewide, including the gift shop at the Ohio Statehouse.
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Jim Krumel: The ‘potato chip man’ makes a point
Marv Adams will forever be known to me as the “potato chip man.”
The truth is, the Elida resident is more than that.
He’s actually quite a character.
But we’ll get to that in a moment. For now, it’s about potato chips and the telephone conversation with Adams last week.
“I’m 78, and my wife, Sue, is 74. If there’s one thing in life we enjoy, it’s Lay’s potato chips. We always buy the largest size available,” he began.
A fan of the chip myself, he had my attention.
“Recently, we noticed the chips were extra salty, which causes us problems since we both have been cutting salt intake … you know, those cotton-pickin’ doctor’s orders. So I called Lay’s and complained about too much salt. The staffer said she would forward our complaint to the production engineers and that she would also send us several coupons worth $4.29 each for alerting them about the problem.”
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Cudahy man charged with putting girlfriend in choke hold over a bag of potato chips
CUDAHY - An argument over a bag of potato chips led to a Cudahy man allegedly punching through doors and putting his live-in girlfriend in a martial arts choke hold.
Jacob Kubacki, 42, allegedly assaulted his live-in girlfriend in the 3200 block of East Morris Avenue on Aug. 2. Kubacki also has a warrant with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department on a pending domestic abuse case with the same woman from 2017 – and had a no-violent-contact order in place.
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Fans of Mrs. Fisher’s potato chips gobble them up by the bagful
ROCKFORD — The promise of warm, salty Mrs. Fisher’s potato chips served fresh off the line prompted people to line up outside the Fulton Avenue factory Monday morning before the company opened its doors at 8 a.m. for a special sale.
“People were buying them to take to their coworkers,” said Christopher Spiess, vice president of Mrs. Fisher’s Inc.
That’s what happens when the chips are named
one of the five best regional potato chip brands by Rachel Ray’s magazine Rachel Ray Every Day.
The company’s Hot Bag Sale gave fans the chance to purchase one-pound bags of regular chips fresh from the factory.
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UK postal service to public: Stop mailing potato chip bags
Campaign urges chipmaker against plastic packing
(CNN) - The UK's postal service is urging environmental campaigners to stop sending empty potato chip bags without an envelope after the launch of a campaign urging the country's most popular chip producer to ditch its plastic packaging.
The online campaign, which has been signed by more than 310,000 people, calls on the PepsiCo-owned
British chip manufacturer Walkers to make its plastic packaging more environmentally friendly.
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Herr’s Old Bay Hot Potato Chips
Herr’s latest offering combines Old Bay Hot seasoning with its classic potato chips. According to Herr’s, it is the only company that provides authentic Old Bay seasoning on potato chips. Herr's also offers Old Bay Cheese Balls and Old Bay Kettle Chips. Herr’s Old Bay Hot Potato Chips have notes of cayenne and black pepper. The product retails for $4.29 for a 9-ounce bag.
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Sterzing’s Potato Chips issues an apology for recent years’ chip taste
BURLINGTON, Iowa -- Sterzing's Potato Chips is a regional staple that has been around since the mid-1930s. The taste was iconic for many loyal customers until 2015. Now, they've issued an apology for their customers, past, present and future.
The company issued a statement yesterday, Sept. 27, in which they apologized for the flavor of their chips as they went through a change in frying oil.
"With this transition, we were working with food scientists and other experts to change and tweak the product almost weekly to bring a quality product that would satisfy our customers," the statement read.
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Lay’s Is Releasing Eight Regionally Specific Potato Chips
Here’s an offbeat reason to take a cross-country road trip this summer (as if you needed another reason): Lay’s is releasing eight new potato chip flavors inspired by distinct regional tastes across the U.S.
Lay’s Cajun Spice (Central Gulf) chips feature the mix of garlic, paprika, onion and oregano associated with Jambalaya and Blackened Cajun dishes. Chile Con Queso (Texoma, Mountain, SoCal) flavor is all about Tex-Mex cheesiness. Chesapeake Bay Crab Spice (Mid-Atlantic) will provide a taste of a crab fest with no mallet necessary. The Deep Dish Pizza (Heartland & Mid-America) flavor was inspired by the recipe used for Chicago pizza chain Giordano’s. Fried Pickles with Ranch (Midwest) is intended to evoke a favorite flavor of Midwestern state fairs.
New England Lobster Roll (Northeast) flavor aims to convey lobster on a grilled, buttered roll. Pimento Cheese (Southeast) chips summon the taste of cheddar cheese with a kick of cayenne pepper. The hot hit of heat in the Thai Sweet Chili (Pacific Northwest) flavor has been inspired by the Pacific Northwest food-truck scene.
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Lobster Roll potato chips: Do they stack up to the real thing?
By Emily Burnham, BDN Staff • August 2, 2018 10:49 am
Updated: August 8, 2018 3:15 pm
If you want an unvarnished opinion, you should ask a Mainer.
If you want an unvarnished opinion about lobster in particular, then you
definitely should ask a Mainer.

When Lay’s Potato Chips announced that one of the eight limited-edition flavors for their annual “Do Us A Flavor” potato chip flavor contest in 2018 would be called “New England Lobster Roll,” the Bangor Daily News naturally decided to ask a few Mainers to try them and share their thoughts.
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Man who used potato chip bag to skip work for years has been fired

An Australian electrician was fired recently for using a potato chip bag to ditch work and play golf, and he actually got away with it for two years before he was caught.
According to Yahoo News Australia, 60-year-old Tom Colella was a senior union delegate and had worked as an electrician for the same company for 20 years. Then one day his employers got an anonymous tip saying Colella had actually been playing golf while he was supposed to be at work at least 140 times during the past two years. Somehow, nobody had noticed his absence.

Like other employees at his company, Colella had a personal digital assistant that tracked his assigned and completed job tasks and also had a GPS that monitored his location. Colella allegedly hid his PDA in an empty foil potato chip bag and sealed it up, which blocked the GPS signal and hid his location from his employers.
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Fastest-Growing Potato-Chip Brands in C-Stores
CHICAGO -- Frito-Lay continues to dominate the potato-chip category, especially in convenience stores. Eight of the 20 best-selling chip brands in c-stores during the past year belong to the PepsiCo-owned label, according to data from Chicago-based research firm IRI. And when it came to which brands grew the most during this time frame, the Plano, Texas-based manufacturer took three of the top five spots. Additionally, Frito-Lay controls roughly 60% of today’s U.S. salty-snack retail sales, according to research firm Packaged Facts, Rockville, Md.

But Frito-Lay wasn’t the only chip maker that saw a surge in c-store sales during the past year. Here are the top chip brands with the highest c-store unit-sales increase since August 2017, based on research from IRI …

Photograph courtesy of Shutterstock
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Cape Cod Potato Chips lays off 21 workers from facility in Hyannis
By Tim Jones
Twenty-one people were laid off from the Cape Cod Potato Chips facility in Hyannis following a decision to upgrade old equipment at the site, according to the Cape Cod Times.
The layoffs of more than a quarter of the workers at the Cape Cod Potato Chips facility in Hyannis at a meeting at the Resort and Conference Center Wednesday. Workers who didn't want to be identified told the Cape Cod Times that they expected the layoffs to happen.
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Calbee UK acquires Seabrook's potato chip brand
Calbee UK, the UK subsidiary of the Japanese snack food giant has acquired UK potato chips producer Seabrook Crisps for an undisclosed sum. According to Calbee, Seabrook's 'iconic' brand of potato chips - which includes straight cut, crinkle cut and lattice chips, as well as low-calorie snacks - will make a good addition to its own portfolio.
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Dieffenbach's Potato Chips Adding New Jobs and Expanding Capacity
WOMELSDORF, Pa., Sept. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Dieffenbach's Potato Chips Inc. announced today that their latest production facility is officially live. The multi-million dollar project has been in the works for the past year and a half. The project includes both a new distribution center and additional production lines. In total, the new facility is 106,000 square feet and will house the company's DSD (Direct Store Delivery) operations, their national distribution for both company and private label brands, and a new state of the art manufacturing line that is capable of processing more than 15 million lbs of potatoes annually. The future plans for the site would increase that capacity to 200 million lbs. Nevin Dieffenbach, the CEO of Dieffenbach's, said that the new plant was the next logical step in the company's long term growth strategy. He added that with the recent growth of the business, the company is in need of 30-40 additional employees, with jobs available at both our Womelsdorf site and the new Bethel Facility. Dieffenbach's is excited about the growth of their business because they truly enjoy making great snacks, and love being able to add more faces to the Dieffenbach team. Nevin states, "I'm the 3rd generation to run the business over the past 50+ years, and we want everyone that comes to work for us, to feel like they are part of our family."
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Utz expands snack food distribution in Wisconsin
MILWAUKEE — Utz Quality Foods, L.L.C. is partnering with Z.T. Distribution, Inc. to deliver Utz snack foods to Wisconsin retailers via direct-store delivery. Products to be distributed include potato chips, pretzels, cheese balls and tortilla chips.
“The Cheeseheads have spoken, and they want more Utz snacks, especially Utz brand Cheese Balls,” said James Tanking, senior vice-president of sales, Utz Quality Foods. “We are really excited about the reaction our Utz snack foods have received in Wisconsin. And with the help of Z.T. Distribution and retail partners, we now have the means to ensure consumers get the snacks they seek; Utz potato chips and cheese ball barrels are just a few of the many requested.”
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Utz Quality Foods Becomes Penn State® Snack Foods Partner
HANOVER, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Utz Quality Foods, LLC. today announces a new sponsorship agreement with The Pennsylvania State University in support of Penn State® Athletics. Beginning with this fall’s football season, Utz® will access a range of media and stadium assets across multiple sports along with co-branded, collectable snack food packages.

“Given our long-standing roots in Pennsylvania, Utz® snacks go hand-in-hand with Penn State® sporting events, tailgates, and related family gatherings. Fans are going to love our new co-branded and collectible Utz® / Penn State® potato chip and pretzels packages.”
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“As a proud Nittany Lion alum working with numerous other alumni here at Utz®, we are extremely proud to become a partner of Penn State® Athletics; It’s a winning combination,” said Mark Schreiber, EVP and Chief Customer Officer at Utz Quality Foods, LLC. “Given our long-standing roots in Pennsylvania, Utz® snacks go hand-in-hand with Penn State® sporting events, tailgates, and related family gatherings. Fans are going to love our new co-branded and collectible Utz® / Penn State® potato chip and pretzels packages.”
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Utz Quality Foods Extends Partnership with Carolina Basketball
Utz Quality Foods, LLC., a long-standing corporate partner of the University of North Carolina Athletics and Carolina Basketball, today announced a three-year extension of its team sponsorship. As part of its renewed relationship, Utz Quality Foods will become the presenting sponsor of "Late Night with Roy". The Roy Williams-led event, the official tip-off of the basketball season, is an annual event open to alumni and fans alike in celebration of Carolina Basketball.
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PepsiCo India Launches 3D Cheetos in Bid to Double Salty Snack Sales in Four Years
PepsiCo India has rolled out Cheetos Ocean Safari to compete with rival snack products bundled with gifts. Read Douglas Yu's full article in Bakery and Snacks.
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PepsiCo's Pep Worx Data and Analytics Platform Used by Kroger, Dollar General, Others
  • An advanced data platform from PepsiCo is helping supermarkets and other food and beverage retailers get to know their customers better. Called Pep Worx, the cloud-based data and analytics solution assists retailers in making more informed decisions on PepsiCo product assortments, merchandising and other point-of-sale areas by identifying valuable shoppers by location.  Read more in Supermarket News.
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Pepsi rushes into football season with experiential Tailgate Tour, video push
  • Chickpea snack brand Hippeas announced Tuesday that Joe Serventi, who joined the company in 2017 as general manager, is promoted to global CEO, according to a press release from the company.
  • The brand, which launched in July 2016 in Starbucks stores, is currently available in nearly 100,000 retail locations and has seen triple digit growth in the last year. Hippeas can now be found at retailers including Whole Foods, Wegmans and Kroger, and recently it secured distribution in select CVS, Target and Costco stores.
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Is Hippeas trying to see which Big Food player will give peas a chance?
  • Chickpea snack brand Hippeas announced Tuesday that Joe Serventi, who joined the company in 2017 as general manager, is promoted to global CEO, according to a press release from the company.
  • The brand, which launched in July 2016 in Starbucks stores, is currently available in nearly 100,000 retail locations and has seen triple digit growth in the last year. Hippeas can now be found at retailers including Whole Foods, Wegmans and Kroger, and recently it secured distribution in select CVS, Target and Costco stores.
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The Best Tortilla Chips Have No Corn at All
While I have a shockingly controllable sweet tooth, I am a devout lover of crunchy, salty snacks. They are the thing I reach for time and time again when the munchies hit. Of course, not just any salty snack will do. Crackers are totally acceptable now and then, as are potato chips. What I really want, though, all of the time, is tortilla chips. This brand of tortilla chips, specifically.
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PepsiCo India aims to double revenue from snacks business in 4 years
Food and beverages major PepsiCo India is aiming to double revenue from its snacks business in India in the next four years by expanding its product portfolio and reach in the country. Further, the company will start an experimental project on its biodegradable packaging material in one of the cities in North India by the end of this year, said a management official.
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PepsiCo plans to reduce sodium content by 75% in snacks portfolio by 2025
Snacks and beverage maker Pepsico India on Wednesday said it plans to reduce, by 75 per cent, the sodium content in products of its snacks portfolio by 2025.
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PepsiCo spends Rs 20 million to put an end to social media digs at Kurkure
If you are not living under a rock, you must have come across posts, tweets, videos explaining how Kurkure, a popular snack from the stable of PepsiCo India, can catch fire easily, implying it contains plastic.
PepsiCo India has now secured an interim 'John Doe' or ' Ashok Kumar' order from the Delhi High Court, which could put an end to the controversy — at least on social media.
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Inventure Foods Expands TGI Fridays® Snack Line
PHOENIX, April 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Who's ready to party? The TGI Fridays® snack line, known for its bold, restaurant-inspired creations, is encouraging all snack fans to indulge and celebrate in the newest expansion of the Party Bites and Potato Skin product lines.
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Campbell Soup names COO as part of sweeping reorganization
Campbell Soup is restructuring to respond in part to the "rapidly changing food industry landscape." The changes will allow the food manufacturer to improve its focus on its core soup and snacks divisions, and increase its presence in health and well-being.
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Taco Bell to Bring Sauce-flavored Chips to the Snack Aisle
Taco Bell is bringing its brand into the chips aisle with a trio of tortilla chips. "This launch of our first line of sauce packet-inspired chips gives our fans a new way to access a taste of Taco Bell," Chief Brand Officer Marisa Thalberg said in a statement.
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Stacy's Pita Chips Debuts "Rising To The Occasion" Original Art Packaging In Honor Of Women's History Month
With Three Limited-Edition Designs and a Pledge to Non-Profit Step Up, Stacy's Celebrates Female Empowerment and Ingenuity
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Savory Snacks Hold Strong
Category sales of savory snacks are trending up. Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported all channel dollar sales for savory snacks increased 4.7% during the four-week period ending Jan. 27, 2018, according to Nielsen data. 
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With $5B purchase of Snyder's-Lance, Campbell Soup aims to rewrite its story
Executive Carlos Abrams-Rivera said the acquisition will boost its presence in the fast-growing snack space.
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Taco Bell's new rollout adds flavor to the retail chip aisle
Taco Bell is introducing a new line of tortilla chips to grocery and convenience stores nationwide beginning in May, according to the restaurant chain. 
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Campbell's taps into fast-growing snack space
28 Mar 2018 --- Campbell Soup Company recently announced the completion of the acquisition of Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. for US$50 per share in an all-cash transaction. The acquisition, which represents an enterprise value of approximately $6.1 billion, is a strategic acquisition for Campbell, creating a US$10 billion company with almost half of annual net sales in the fast-growing snacking category, called Campbell’s Snacks.
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Peatos exec: ‘Our mission is to make 90% of people eat 10% better, not 10% of people eat 90% better’
From roasted chickpeas and flash fried mung beans to extruded pea, chickpea, and edamame puffs, pulse-based snacks are gaining traction, says Snack it Forward CEO Nick Desai. But none of them have delivered the sheer sensory pleasure you experience from a bag of Cheetos… until now, he claims.
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Campbell, Snyder’s-Lance acquisition forms new snacking unit
  • After it was previously announced that Campbell Soup was looking to acquire Snyder’s Lance, both companies have revealed that acquisition has now been completed for $50 per share in an all-cash transaction, which represents an enterprise value of approximately $6.1 billion.
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Millennials Have Nothing on Boomers When It Comes to Snacking
  • Chicago, March 8, 2016 — Millennials are the shining stars of today’s marketplace but when it comes to snacking — which is all the rage in the food industry — it’s Boomers who shine, finds The NPD Group, a leading global information company. Boomers eat ready-to-eat snack food 20 percent more often than Millennials do, according to NPD’s daily tracking of U.S. consumers snacking habits.
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PepsiCo dares to go Bare
  • Food and beverage giant PepsiCo recently announced plans to acquire Bare Foods, which makes baked fruit and vegetable snacks, for an undisclosed price, according to a news release. The purchase expands Pepsi's healthy snacking portfolio. 
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Tyson Foods' innovation lab launched a brand of protein crisps that "upcycle" food waste.
Inside Tyson Foods' effort to adopt the startup mentality

Tyson's lab has created a protein crisp called ¡Yappah! that incorporates Tyson chicken trim with ingredients that would otherwise be left behind — vegetable puree and pulp from juicing and spent grain donated by beer giant Molson Coors.
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PepsiCo latest Big Food partner for Chicago incubator project
PepsiCo North America Nutrition, the company's division that includes nutrition-based brands such as Naked, KeVita, Quaker, Tropicana and Near East, is partnering with The Hatchery Chicago, a nonprofit food and beverage incubator.
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Kellogg (makers of Pringles) names Chris Hood North American president
Kellogg Co. named Chris Hood, head of its European operations, as president of Kellogg North America. The change is effective July 1.
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Shearer's Sells Barrel O' Fun Brand to Old Dutch Affiliate
Shearer's Snacks has sold the Barrel O' Fun and Rachel's brands to UR Brands — an affiliate of Old Dutch Foods. The moves were recently announced by Shearer's corporate office in Massillon, Ohio.  
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In northern Maine, a new spud rises
One thing you should know about Dr. Gregory Porter — the man behind the University of Maine’s well-regarded potato-breeding program — is that he is not just a researcher of potatoes, he is also a fan.
“Oh, I love ’em,” Porter said recently, during a break from working the 35 acres of potato fields he oversees at the Aroostook Research Farm in Presque Isle, Maine. “I eat ’em all the time. Never get sick of ’em. I like ’em baked, like ’em roasted, like ’em scalloped . . . ”
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Doritos lets 'Jurassic World' fans adopt giant chips hatched from dinosaur eggs
Frito-Lay's Doritos partnered with Universal Pictures to create a chip of "dinosauric proportions" in promotion of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," which hits theaters June 22, according to news provided to Marketing Dive. Fans can win one of the foot-long Jurassic Doritos chips by tweeting @Doritos with the hashtags #JurrassicDoritos and #entry.
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Why PepsiCo's Acquisition of Bare Snacks Makes Sense - Forbes
PepsiCo believes that healthier products will be key for long-term growth and the company is looking at several ways to make its portfolio of products healthier. According to the company, its "everyday nutrition" products will witness the fastest rate of sales growth by 2025. Read full article on Forbes. 
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Bare Snacks Introduces Vegetable Chips
Expanding its portfolio of "snacks gone simple," Bare Snacks has launched Baked Crunchy Veggie Chips in six varieties. The new line takes beets, carrots and sweet potatoes and transforms them into a crunchy, savory snack. Read Anna Wiber's full article at Baking Business.  
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Four Snack Food Industry Consumer Trends
According to new research by PMMI Business Intelligence, better-for-you, single-serve, re-sealability, and flavor variety are the most frequently mentioned consumer trends driving snack food SKU proliferation. Read more at PackWorld.
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Dollar Tree to Expand 'Snack Zone' Initiative
The introduction of an initiative called the "Snack Zone" in 214 locations has generated incremental sales and additional foot traffic for the Dollar Tree Inc., company executives told analysts during a May 31 conference call. Read Eric Schroeder's full article on Baking Business.
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Kettle Foods Upgrades Norwich Factory
The Kettle Chips maker is investing $3.5 million to upgrade the manufacturing capabilities of its Norwich factory as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. Read Gill Hyslop's full article on Bakery and Snacks.
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Mintel predicts vegan barbecue and low-calorie ice cream will rule summer 2018
Mintel has leveraged its global new products database to predict four food and drink trends that could catch fire this summer, including vegan barbecue, low-calorie ice cream, bold chips and sparkling water. 
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Campbell Soup Shares Are Jumping as a Major Activist Investor Buys In and Aims to Put the Company Up for Sale
Shares of Campbell Soup rose in after-hours U.S. trading on reports that Daniel Loeb’s Third Point has acquired a stake and is pressing for a turnaround at the 149-year-old company.
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Restoring Order Following Japan's Potato Shortage Boosts Calbee's Bottom Line
Calbee posted an 8.3% sales increase for Q1 2018, well above analyst expectations. Read Gill Hyslop's full article on Bakery and Snacks.
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Kellogg Margins Hurt by Cuts to Snack Prices, Higher Costs
Kellogg Co (K.N) reported lower-than-expected quarterly profit margins on Thursday as the cereal maker spent more on marketing and transportation and had to cut prices on snack foods after it stopped distributing directly to U.S. retailers. Read more on Reuters.
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PepsiCo to Invest in Frankfort, IN Snacks Facility
The Frito-Lay division of PepsiCo, Inc. has made plans to improve its manufacturing capabilities in Frankfort, Indiana. The company is investing $159 million into facility enhancements that include adding two new snack production lines and a 210,000-square-foot warehouse expansion.
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Wyandot Snacks Pledges $100,000 To HARDING 2020
Wyandot Snacks has pledged $100,000 to support HARDING 2020. The funds are dedicated to restoring the original home of President Warren G. Harding, a long-time Marion resident elected as the nation's 29th President in 1920, as well as constructing a new Presidential Center and seeding an endowment for future site operations.
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Kraft Heinz reportedly opened exploratory talks with the Campbell Soup Co.
Regarding a potential sale, according to people familiar with the matter. Sources predict Kraft Heinz would not pay much of a premium for Campbell's over its $22 billion valuation, reported New York Post.
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PepsiCo powers up its China food presence
PepsiCo plans to invest $100 million to expand and transform its Songjiang Foods plant in Shanghai, China. The investment will establish new manufacturing lines and introduce advanced packaging and warehouse technologies to boost its potato chip production capacity and modernize the factory, reported China Daily.
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PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi to leave CEO post after 12 years at the helm
PepsiCo said Monday that CEO Indra Nooyi will step down after 12 years leading the food and beverage company. She will remain chairman until early 2019.
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PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi will step down on Oct. 3, after 12 years in the position. The company named Ramon Laguarta to succeed Nooyi, who will remain chairman until early 2019.
PURCHASE, N.Y., August 6, 2018 – PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) (“PepsiCo”) today announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously elected Ramon Laguarta, 54, to succeed Indra K. Nooyi, 62, as Chief Executive Officer. Nooyi will step down on October 3rd after 24 years with the company, the last 12 as CEO. She will remain Chairman until early 2019 to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. Laguarta was also elected to the company’s Board of Directors, effective October 3rd.
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Colorado-based Paleo Snack Food Company Raises $650K
Bubba's Fine Foods, which sells products such as "Bourbon Vanilla UnGranola" and "Blazing Buffalo 'Nana Chips," disclosed a new funding in an Aug. 3 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Co-founder and CEO Jeff Schmidgall said he launched Bubba's with his brother-in-law Jared Menzel, a self-taught chef, because he missed Doritos and other junk food classics after he started the paleo diet.
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New Products: On-the-Go Snacking
PHOENIX, Aug. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- In time for back to school, Fresh Cravings, America's fastest growing refrigerated salsa, adds a new grab-and-go product to their line: Salsa and Tortilla Chips snack packs. These bring excitement to kids' school lunches, curb hungry after-school appetites, and also offer a healthier snack option for busy parents who are always on the 'go.'
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Healthier snacking: PepsiCo Mexico achieves 24 percent sugar and salt reduction
17 Aug 2018 --- PepsiCo Mexico has cut down on sugar and salt across its snacks portfolio by 24 percent as part of a long-term reformulation strategy designed to reduce added sugars and sodium across products.
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Campbell Soup reportedly hired Goldman Sachs to look at the possibility of selling
Campbell Soup reportedly hired Goldman Sachs to look at the possibility of selling some of its businesses to help pay down debt, according to people familiar with the matter. The company is said to be considering the sale of Australian cookie brand Arnotts Biscuits and its fresh food unit, which includes Bolthouse Farms, reported CNBC
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PepsiCo Inc. plans to build a $130 million high-tech fulfillment center
PepsiCo Inc. plans to build a $130 million high-tech fulfillment center for its Frito-Lay division in Osceola County, FL. The 286,000-sq. ft. facility is expected to be completed in 2021, reported Orlando Business Journal
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PepsiCo Inc. sent a cease-and-desist letter to World Peas Brand Peatos
Claiming the Peatos name, paw-print logo and slogan infringe on the Cheetos trademark. Pepsi argues the Peatos name is "confusingly similar" to and "dilutes" the Cheetos brand. Snack It Forward LLC, which owns World Peas Brand Peatos, denies it is in violation of trademark law, reported The Wall Street Journal
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Boulder Canyon® Kettle Chips Cooked in Rice Bran Oil Now Available in Two New Varieties
Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods®, is expanding its line of Rice Bran Oil Kettle Cooked Potato Chips with two new flavors, Buffalo Ranch and Sweet Chipotle, available now at retailers nationwide. The new varieties join existing rice bran oil varieties, Roasted Jalapeno and Pink Himalayan Salt. 
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Indiana Snack Maker Seyfert's Closing
An iconic Indiana snack maker will soon shut down after more than 80 years in business. Fort-Wayne based Seyfert's will soon stop its operations, since it's no longer profitable, according to WPTA, in Fort Wayne. The brand got national exposure when Myrtle Young -- "the Potato Chip Lady" -- appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1987, showing off her prized collection of chips that resembled objects or celebrities.
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PepsiCo’s healthy evolution: Shaking off a salt, sugar and fat laden image
PepsiCo is making moves to become a more holistic business focusing on high-growth opportunities in the market such as healthy alternatives, well-being and nutrition, shaking off its old image of brands packed with salt, sugar and fat. A big part of this is the type of products PepsiCo wants to sell in the future and the type of business PepsiCo wants to become – much more focused on sustainability with a socially-minded attitude.
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Wilde Chicken Chips believes it can crack into breakfast time.
Wilde Chicken Chips – thinly-sliced premium cuts of chicken tossed in tapioca flour, fried in coconut oil, and seasoned in various spices – reached nationwide availability at Whole Foods and Sprouts stores last month and will be debuting a new flavor early next year that founder Jason Wright believes will make chips a breakfast snack item.
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Snackable Notes: Back to school packaging from Frito-Lay

27 Aug 2018 --- Frito-Lay has introduced personalized messaging to its variety crisp packets to allow parents to connect with children while away from home. The redesign comes after a Frito-Lay survey found that the majority of US parents want to give words of encouragement to their children while they are apart. As a result, Frito-Lay Variety Packs, one of the flagship brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division, is giving parents a simple and convenient way to provide love and encouragement during the school day with the launch of Snackable Notes.

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Campbell Soup, maker of Cape Cod Potato Chips, to sell international and fresh food businesses
30 Aug 2018 --- Campbell Soup Company is to sell its international businesses and fresh refrigerated-foods unit, following a several month long strategic review and pressure from hedge fund investors to sell the whole company.
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Tortilla chip producers introduce new varieties, including spicy and ethnic flavors, while clean label points to opportunities for growth.
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Frito-Lay ties Alexa skill to personalized back-to-school packaging
  • Parents can write custom notes on the chip maker's variety packs and submit their best entries online for a chance to win a $1,000 weekly prize.

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Campbell Soup will divest Fresh division and international brands to focus on soups and snacking
  • according to a company statement. In fiscal year 2018, sales from these segments was about $2.1 billion.
    In order to improve shareholder value and reduce debt, Campbell Soup announced the planned sale of its Fresh division, which includes Bolthouse Farms and Garden Fresh Gourmet, as well as its international brands, including Arnott's and the Kelsen Group,

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Campbell Soup Co. will pursue divestitures of Campbell International and Campbell Fresh

Focusing the company on two distinct businesses, Campbell Snacks and Campbell Meals and Beverages, in its core North American market. Campbell International consists of Arnott's and the Kelsen Group, along with the company's manufacturing operations in Indonesia and Malaysia and its businesses in Hong Kong and Japan. Campbell Fresh includes Bolthouse Farms, Garden Fresh Gourmet and the company's refrigerated soup business. 
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ABC News: The Story and Pride Behind One of America's Favorite Snacks: Lay's Potato Chips
H.W. Lay was a traveling salesman during the Great Depression when he started peddling chips out of the back of his Model A in 1931. It was how he made a living across the Southeast, said Chris Quinn, senior vice president of sales at Frito-Lay.
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Prataap Snacks to Expand in Western India by Acquiring Majority Share of Avadh Snacks
Prataap Snacks will acquire 80% share of Avadh Snacks for Rs 148 crores ($2.1M) to expand its footprint in India's westernmost state, Gujarat. Read Douglas Yu's full article in Bakery and Snacks.
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Serventi Steps Up to Global CEO Role at Hippeas
Snack brand Hippeas announced a changing of the guard. Founder Livio Bisterzo will move to the role of chairman while Joe Serventi, current U.S. general manager, will assume the role of global CEO. Bisterzo told NOSH that the leadership change was the right move operationally for Hippeas given Serventi's background at Glacéau Vitaminwater, Pirate's Booty and BarkTHINS. Read more at Project NOSH.
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Serventi Steps Up to Global CEO Role at Hippeas
Snack brand Hippeas announced a changing of the guard. Founder Livio Bisterzo will move to the role of chairman while Joe Serventi, current U.S. general manager, will assume the role of global CEO. Bisterzo told NOSH that the leadership change was the right move operationally for Hippeas given Serventi's background at Glacéau Vitaminwater, Pirate's Booty and BarkTHINS. Read more at Project NOSH.
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Thick and crunchy kettle chips versus the traditional thin and crispy variety
Thanks to long time pal Jerome Rothenberg for alerting me to this. The bling taste test is consistent with my opinion.

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Potato Chips
Thick and crunchy kettle chips versus the traditional thin and crispy variety: We held a potato chip battle royale to find the best products on the market.

Potato chips were invented in America and remain one of the country's favorite snacks. Last year, we spent $7.3 billion on them—considerably more than we spent on pretzels, corn chips, or popcorn. So which potato chip is the best? A few years ago, we decided that it was thick, salty kettle-cooked chips, but behind the scenes, the debate raged on. We decided to settle it the only way we know how: Resurvey the options and hold a new blind tasting. Using data from a market research firm, we identified nine top-selling, nationally available potato chips and purchased each in its simplest salted flavor. Our lineup included four “regular” chips and five thick “kettle-style” chips, priced from $0.31 to $0.61 per ounce. We focused on one core evaluation: sampling the chips plain. Our tasters rated each chip's flavor, texture, and saltiness, as well as its overall appeal. After forming our rankings, we held an additional test, asking participants to drag the chips through creamy French onion dip and eat them. This helped us gauge the chips' sturdiness and compatibility with thick, flavorful dips.

Regular and Kettle Chips: What's the Difference?
All the products in our lineup contain just potatoes, oil, and salt, yet there were noticeable flavor and texture differences among them. We knew that processing played a role; to find out more, we spoke with Molly Mancini, the innovation manager for Utz, a Pennsylvania-based snack company that manufactures potato chips in a variety of styles under several brand names, such as Zapp's and Dirty Chips. Like us, she identified two main styles: thin, delicate chips (which she calls “regular”) and thick kettle-style chips.

Making regular potato chips is a fully automated, nonstop process called a “continuous fry.” The potatoes essentially “go from raw to finished chips in one fell swoop,” Mancini said. Raw potatoes are placed on conveyor belts and quickly washed, peeled, sliced, fried, and packaged. Belts even propel the potatoes through the fryers, and there's no stopping to change the oil, which is automatically replenished.

Kettle chips are made similarly, with one big difference: They're fried in batches in big vats. Because they're not propelled through the oil, they must be agitated, either with a rake-like device or with an automatic stirrer, to ensure that they cook evenly and don't clump.

Crispy versus Crunchy
When we looked at our tasting results, we saw a clear pattern. Again and again, tasters described kettle chips as “crunchy” and regular chips as “crispy.” Both terms refer to the sound foods make when you bite into and chew them. Some experts argue that they refer to the same textural quality, but there's also research suggesting that “crispy” and “crunchy” are two distinct eating experiences.

There's a very simple reason that kettle chips seem crunchier: They're generally sliced thicker. We measured 25 chips at random from each bag and found the kettle chips to be about 50 percent thicker than regular chips, on average: 1.56 millimeters versus 1.07 millimeters. Because they're stirred during the frying process, kettle chips are also more likely to fold over or become cupped. When you take into account the layers of folded chips, the difference in thickness is much greater. A single folded or crumpled chip is often as much as 13 millimeters thick. That's a lot of crunch.

The frying process also contributes to the crispy-crunchy distinction between regular and kettle chips. As Harold McGee explains in On Food and Cooking (2004), sliced potatoes undergo chemical changes when they are fried. Regular chips are fried at a high, consistent temperature (about 350 degrees) for just 3 to 4 minutes, which means that the starches and moisture in the potatoes don't have time to interact. According to McGee, the chips are “delicately crisp and fine-grained” as a result. Kettle chips require 8 to 10 minutes in the fryer. In that time, the moisture and starch granules combine. The starch begins to dissolve and forms a sticky gel that essentially glues the potato's cell walls together. According to McGee, this gives kettle chips their characteristic hard, crunchy quality.

Did Oil and Salt Matter?
We were curious if the frying stage affected flavor, too, so we looked at the types of oil used.

Our winning chip was fried in 100 percent peanut oil and tasted especially rich and “potato-y.” Most of the others were fried in a blend of oils such as sunflower, safflower, and canola, and tasters didn't notice any meaningful flavor differences among them.

Fat and salt didn't seem to play a major role in our rankings. Chips ranged from 7 to 10 grams of fat and from 90 to 180 milligrams sodium per serving, and there were no strong trends. Though we generally preferred chips with at least 120 milligrams of sodium, there were exceptions: One chip with that much sodium tasted bland, and another with just 90 milligrams was acceptable. Mancini explained that this could be due to the size of the salt particles, as coarse salt “creates a different type of crunch and mouthfeel” than fine salt, “which melts right away.”

Picking Our Favorites
Given all we'd learned about kettle chips and regular chips, we weren't surprised that our tasters could tell them apart and generally preferred one style to the other. Still, we recognized the good and the bad in each style. One regular chip was so thin that it felt “wispy,” and two kettle chips were crunchy to the point of being “hard.” The rest of our lineup ranged from good to great.

Our overall top scorer was a kettle chip, but a regular chip was close on its heels. We think they're ideal representatives of their styles, and we enthusiastically recommend both. The “beautiful crunch and great salt balance” of Utz Kettle Classics, Original ($0.47 per ounce) had tasters declaring, “I love these chips.” Meanwhile, our favorite regular chips, Herr's Crisp 'N Tasty Potato Chips ($0.31 per ounce) were “totally traditional” and “delicate” but not frail or flimsy—they even held up to thick, creamy French onion dip. If you want to make everyone happy—or inspire a heated debate—we recommend buying both.

We tasted nine potato chip products, selected from a list of national best sellers as compiled by Chicago-based market research firm IRI. Our lineup included five thick kettle-style chips and four traditional thinly sliced chips; they were priced from $0.31 to $0.61 per ounce. We sampled them plain in a blind tasting. A panel of testers also evaluated them dipped into creamy French onion dip. Nutritional information and ingredients were obtained from product packaging; sodium and fat levels are per 1-ounce serving. Prices were paid in Boston-area supermarkets or online, and products appear below in order of preference.
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World Peas Peatos™ Named 2018 Best Bite Award Winner for Best Salty Snack by Delicious Living Magazine
Snack it Forward's World Peas Brand Peatos™ was recently named the winner of the Delicious Living Best Bite Award for the Best Salty Snack. Delicious Living magazine, a trusted health and wellness resource for more than 33 years, this week announced the winners of its sixth annual Best Bite Awards.
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Kraft interested in buying Campbell Soup
Just shortly after Campbell's purchased Snyder's Lance including Cape Cod Potato Chips, will Kraft Heinz purchase Campbell's?  
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Hola Nola® Foods acquires maker of Plocky's® Snack Chips
Hola Nola Foods has acquired the assets of NatureStar Foods, makers of Plocky's brand Hummus Chips and Tortilla Chips.
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Kraft Heinz to Reintroduce Planters Cheez Balls and Curls
A popular '90s snack is about to make a comeback. Kraft Heinz's Planters brand will reintroduce its Cheez Ball and Cheez Curls products for a limited time after a 12-year absence, following a campaign by fans of the products.  Read more on FoodBev.
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Sneaker Heads and Snack Lovers Have Met Their Match With Ruffles' "Sneaker Stash"
This summer, Ruffles, will be giving away some of the most coveted, sought-after kicks in the sneaker community. Frito-Lay will be giving away a limited-edition Ruffles-inspired sneaker crafted by custom shoe designer Dominic Chambrone, otherwise known as The Shoe Surgeon
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Conagra Brands to Acquire Pinnacle Foods for $10.9 Billion in Cash and Stock
The acquisition will combine two growing portfolios of iconic brands, create a leader in frozen foods with an expanded presence in snacks and deliver $215 million in annual run-rate cost synergies by fiscal 2022.
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Salty Snacks are Evolving in the Face of the Better-for-you Movement, Packaged Facts Reports
Sales of salty snacks in the US continue to rise as consumers embrace smaller, more frequent eating occasions over three-square meals a day, but at the same time, rising health and wellness awareness is creating a significant competitive threat from better-for-you options, according to new research from Packaged Facts. Read Elizabeth Crawford's full article on Food Navigator.
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U.S. Salty Snacks Market Sales Forecast at $29 Billion in 2022
ROCKVILLE, Md., July 5, 2018/PRNewswire/ -- How Americans eat has evolved to match the frequently hurried, harried, and hectic lifestyles of today's consumers. The shift has been a boon to convenient food options, including salty snacks such as potato chips, popcorn, and pretzels.
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Salty snack sales are on the rise
The U.S. salty snacks market is on the upswing, and is forecast to grow from $24 billion to $29 billion by 2022, Food Business News reports.
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Snacks, not drinks, drive Pepsi's profit
PepsiCo chief executive Indra Nooyi said the company is "maniacally focused" on getting its beverage business back on track.
Consumers are turning away from sugary drinks but still crave salty snacks, a trend that drove strong second-quarter sales in PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay division that offset sluggish beverage sales.
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PepsiCo India Pilots Plant-Based Packaging for Frito-Lay and KurKure Snacks to Address Plastic Waste
PepsiCo India will launch its first plant-based packaging for Frito-Lay and KurKure snack productslater this year in its effort to tackle domestic plastic waste.
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Say Cheez! '90s favorite Cheez Balls are back
Dive Brief:
  • Kraft Heinz Co. is bringing back Planters Cheez Balls and Cheez Curls to grocery store shelves nationwide for a limited time following demand from online groups and petitions, according to the company. The snack product was removed from store shelves 12 years ago.
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Salty snacks growing in popularity even as consumers search for healthy alternatives
As more American consumers replace meals with snacking, sales of salty chips, pretzels and popcorns have grown. In its new report, “Salty Snacks: U.S. Market Trends and Opportunities,” Packaged Facts estimates retail dollar sales of the U.S. salty snacks industry at $24 billion in 2017, with a compound annual growth rate of almost 4% between 2012 and 2017. The report suggests the U.S. salty snacks market will surpass $29 billion in 2022.
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Lay's debuts 8 regionally-inspired flavors for 'Tastes of America' tour
PepsiCo's Lay’s brand is releasing eight new chip flavors inspired by popular foods representing different parts of the country for the “Tastes of America” campaign, per details provided to Marketing Dive. The campaign marks the most new chip flavors that the brand has released at one time.
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Intersnack’s KP Snacks acquires the Popchips brand in Europe
Intersnack Group subsidiary KP Snacks has bought Popchips Ltd, which owns and operates the Popchips brand in Europe.
Popchips Ltd is a subsidiary of parent company Popchips Inc, which will continue to own and operate the brand in North America and other international markets.
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Better Made Snack Foods Hires David Jones as New President
Better Made said Friday it has hired David Jones, a 40-year snack foods industry veteran, formerly of Golden Flake Snack Foods and Frito-Lay, as its new president.

Better Made Expands to 14 States Outside of Michigan

Better Made recently extended its reach beyond Michigan, according to a news release. The states included are Florida, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, Missouri, Louisiana, New York, Connecticut, Nevada, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Mississippi. The distribution increase is attributed to the rise of small distributors who respond to demand from Michiganders who left the state. Read more on Detroit Free Press.
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Utz Introduces Limited Edition White Cheddar Cheesball Baseballs, Highlighting all 30 MLB Teams
As part of a new multi-faceted sponsorship between Major League Baseball and Utz Quality Foods LLC., Utz has introduced NEW White Cheddar Cheeseball Baseballs. Utz is the official Salty Snack of Major League Baseball. Read more on BusinessWire.
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The Hershey Co. sold Chinese candy firm Shanghai Golden Monkey and UK chip business Tyrrells for $1.6 billion.
The move is part of the company's strategy to refocus on broadening its U.S. snacks business, reported CNBC.
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We Tried the 8 New Flavors of Lay's Potato Chips and Here's What We Thought
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Tyrrells unveils prawn cocktail crisps flavoured with brandy
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She's 100 years old – and credits her long life to beer and potato chips
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Tostitos And Sabra Are Fueling Cinco de Mayo Get-Togethers…One Ride At A Time
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With Multi-Year Deal, UTZ Becomes 'Official Salty Snack of Major League Baseball'
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Flamin' Hot Cheetos-Inspired Movie in Works from Fox Searchlight, DeVon Franklin

Fox Searchlight and DeVon Franklin announced last week that they will produce a new film called "Flamin' Hot," which will depict the true story of how the spicy Cheetos came to be, according to Variety. The story will focus on Richard Montanez, the son of an immigrant who grew up on a migrant farm in Southern California before he became a janitor at Frito-Lay. One night at work, the equipment broke down and he took home some of the cheese powder. He messed with it and decided it should be spicy. (source: Variety)
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Campbell Soup Company Announces CEO Transition Plan

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New Shearer's CEO plots a steady course to expand sales, profitability

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CEO of Peatos™ will discuss Crowd Funding at The Reg A Fundraising Conference in New York

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Former Snyder’s-Lance owners acquire private-label salty snacks company

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Settlement will reduce carcinogens in potato chips

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Hungry, lost trucker left cargo full of potato chips

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Hungry, lost trucker left cargo full of potato chips

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The Complex Code In A Potato Chip: Why We Love The Flavors We Do

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Man asked to leave H-E-B for riding electric carts, assaults officer with potato chips: Police

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Potato chip robbery by man with machete triggers chase, deputies say

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Affton parent angry after he says 5th grader ate chips with marijuana in them at school

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Cape Cod adds waves to potato chip lineup

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There is a massive Frito-Lay shortage in NYC bodegas

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KP Snacks snaps up Tyrells from Hershey
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Global Potato Chips Market Overview 2018, Demand by Regions, Share, Growth and Forecast to 2023
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Pepsi earnings fizz on strong snack sales, better beverage performance
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Tostitos whips up 42-layer royal wedding cake with dip
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Kraft Heinz adds egg-white chips, fermented foods to its growth menu
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Snacking's appetite grows to take a bigger bite of US food consumption
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Impulse snack purchases threatened by
e-commerce and cashier-free technology
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PepsiCo introduces new brand of chips containing rice, chickpeas and black beans
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PepsiCo introduces new brand of chips containing rice, chickpeas and black beans
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Going To Pot

NightFood (NGTF) Securing "Half-Baked" Brand Name for Cannabis and CBD Related Snack Lines

Jan. 26, 2018, 08:02 AM

TARRYTOWN, NY, Jan. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NightFood Holdings, Inc. (OTC: NGTF) the category leading, better-for-you, sleep-friendly nighttime snack company, announced today that MJ Munchies, an NGTF wholly owned subsidiary, has completed the trademark application process to protect the brand name “Half-Baked” for its cannabis and CBD related snack lines. 
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New Product: Hola Nola Puts the South in New Bean and Rice Tortilla Chip

New Orleans based tortilla-chip manufacturer Hola Nola Foods launched its Red Beans & Rice Chips snack. The chips' ingredients include Camellia Brand red beans, whole-grain rice and Crystal Hot Sauce, and the chips are packaged in microwavable bags to be eaten warm. View company's product page.

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These Multi-Flavored Potato Chips Aren’t Rainbow-Colored, But They’re Unique
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Burning Lay’s Potato Chip: Proof Of Plastic Or Bad Science?: A FactCheck
Don’t believe this viral video. BOOM breaks down the science that explains why Lay’s potato chips catch fire. Read our factcheck.
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Truco Enterprises Launches New On The Border® Taste of Tajín Clásico Tortilla Chips

Truco Enterprises announced today the official launch of On The Border® Taste of Tajín Clásico flavored tortilla chips in partnership with TAJÍN. 
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Stacy's Pita Chips Debuts "Rising To The Occasion" Original Art Packaging in Honor of Women's History Month

This month, women across the country will be celebrated for their vital role in American history. In honor of Women's History Month, Stacy's Pita Chips is proud to introduce limited-edition "Rising to the Occasion" original art packaging. The commemorative box set features three powerful designs representing Stacy's ongoing commitment to stand with women everywhere.
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What is Dill Pickle Dip? Heluva Good's New Snack is the Latest Pickle-Flavored Food to Hit the Market
You either love or you hate pickles, but there's no denying it — 
pickle-flavored snacks are gaining popularity like crazy. Following the release of products like pickle juice, pickle chips, and pickle freeze pops, dip is the latest snack food to get the pickled treatment.
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Cheetos to Open Pop-Up Restaurant with Celebrity Chef

Cheetos, the snack chip owned by PepsiCo, is launching a pop-up restaurant in New York City devoted to Cheetos-inspired dishes. The Spotted Cheetah, which opens to the public between August 15 and August 17, is a marriage between Cheetos and celebrity chef Anne Burrell. Burrell has worked at several high-end New York restaurants, is an author of popular cookbooks and host of culinary shows, Chef Wanted, Worst Cooks in America and Secrets of a Restaurant Chef.
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By now, you probably know that Amazon has acquired Whole Foods.  Amazon has added Whole Foods products to its e-commerce web-site.

Amazon has added Whole Foods products to its e-commerce website at the same price as the grocer's physical stores. Companies with both physical and online offerings have better results within the online grocery market, compared with those with an online-only service. 
Read more on Fox Business.
Amazon Adds Whole Foods Products to Its Core Website to Boost Grocery Sales
With the power of Amazon behind it, the world's largest snack food manufacturer, Frito-Lay, part of the Pepsi family, is introducing organic versions of some of its top products in order to gain entry into Whole Foods.

organic_doritos_80X Inc.'s acquisition of Whole Foods is coming at just the right time for Frito-Lay.  The division of PepsiCo Inc. now has versions of 11 core chip brands without artificial ingredients -- including Lay's, Tostitos and Cheetos -- and it's aiming to break out of the traditional snack aisle and get into organic grocery stores. The lineup, marketed under the name "Simply," meets all the criteria needed to be sold in Whole Foods, according to PepsiCo executive Jonathan McIntyre. Read more on Bloomberg.


Frito-Lay, owned by PepsiCo Inc., aims to get into organic grocery stores, with organic Doritos, Tostitos, Cheetos and other snacks, 
per Bloomberg. "This is quite a smart move by Frito-Lay amid continuously shifting consumer preference toward healthier options..." Read summary at Nasdaq.
Also see: Frito-Lay's Healthy Image Could Help PepsiCo's Expansion in Whole Foods - Frito-Lay has launched a line of organic snacks made without artificial ingredients under its Lays, Doritos, Tostitos, Ruffles and Cheetos brands. Read Douglas Yu's full article on Bakery and Snacks.
PepsiCo to Target Whole Foods Shelves with New 'Simply' Brand
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Michigan potato company to expand, adding plant in Lisco
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Man wields machete and leads police on chase after snatching $17 worth of potato chips
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Deep River Snacks Acquired by Parent Company of Wise Snacks
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Colorado's sunflowers have sprouted into a $30 million industry
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Paqui's® Carolina Reaper Madness Chip Is Back And Hotter Than Ever
NFL Rivals See Who Can Brave the Hottest Chip in The World

Amplify Snack Brands, Inc.
Oct 11, 2017, 10:00 ET

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Paqui Chips, part of Amplify Snack Brands, just announced the return of the world's hottest tortilla chip, the Paqui Carolina Reaper Madness. Unbelievably, this year's batch of Carolina Reaper Peppers is 25 percent hotter than last year's, meaning that Paqui just smashed its own record for the world's hottest chip.
Paqui Carolina Reaper Madness
"People went absolutely crazy for the #OneChipChallenge last year, so we knew we needed to bring it back bigger and better for round two," said Jeff Day, Paqui Brand Manager. "Paqui is all about pushing the boundaries of flavor and spice, and we can't wait to see what people do for the second year of Carolina Reaper Madness."
Paqui is also partnering with some of the NFL's toughest competitors and friendly rivals, Pro Bowl tight ends Travis Kelce and Greg Olsen, to take on the challenge.
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PepsiCo announces Lay’s next million-dollar potato chip flavor
By Gill Hyslop contact
12-Oct-2017 - Last updated on 12-Oct-2017 at 14:06 GMT
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The US public voted Lay's Crispy Taco chips this year's winner of the Do Us A Flavor competition, followed up by Everything Bagel Cream Cheese and Fried Green Tomato. Pic: Lay's

Ellen Sarem’s Crispy Taco flavor was voted the winner in the Lay's annual ‘Do Us A Flavor’ campaign, bagging her a $1m prize.

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US citizens were invited to submit flavor ideas for Lay’s potato chips for PepsiCo’s annual “Do Us A Flavor” campaign and then vote for America’s favorite flavour.
After three months of voting, Ellen Sarem’s Tex-Mex flavor was crowned the winner, winning the San Antonio, Texas, resident the $1m prize.
Sarem said the flavor evokes good memories, particularly as tacos were the first meal she cooked for her fiancé, and has commended Lay’s for doing an “amazing job” in recreating the dish.
"You can taste the crunch of the taco shell, the spiciness of the beef, the sharpness of the cheddar, even the freshness of the lettuce," she said in a press statement.

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Rap Snacks Chat: The CEO Of Hip-Hop's Favorite Munchies Discusses Business

By Richard Bryan

October 12, 2017 14:52





INTERVIEW: We talk with the CEO of Rap Snacks, James Lindsay, about the return of the hip-hop munchies brand, working with artists, and advice for young black entrepreneurs.
With the decline of blog culture and print magazines, artists are forever looking for new ways to expand their brand and reach new audiences. The rise of social media, Instagram in particular, has slowly transformed artist exposure into more and more of a bite-sized initiative, complete with easily digestible packaging. Somewhere at this juncture between snacking and marketing, stands entrepreneur James Lindsay, the CEO and Founder of Rap Snacks. To briefly provide some of his backstory, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science, specialized in Marketing. He embodies Rick Ross' "buy back the block" ethos, way before the song cemented the statement. After working at an ethnic hair care company, Johnson Products, for a period of time post graduation, he was inspired enough, by both his simple love of snack food and his knack for business, to create Rap Snacks Inc in 1994. He's grown it into a five million dollar business.

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Snyder's-Lance getting its operating footprint in order
Oct. 3, 2017 - by Keith Nunes
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Snyder's-Lance is undergoing a sizable stock-keeping unit rationalization plan.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. continues to undergo change. The company is upgrading its operations to bring its performance in line with its peers. Efforts under way include an investment in automation, a sizable stock-keeping unit rationalization plan as well as other programs designed to improve supply chain and trade efficiencies.
Changes undertaken to date by the company include the hiring of Brian J. Driscoll as president and chief executive officer this past June. Other initiatives include the closing of a manufacturing plant in Perry, Fla., in August and the reduction of the company’s global workforce by approximately 250.
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Pringles' Stack Shack Pop-Up Will Encourage Customers to Mix the Chips and Create New Flavors

Why eat Pringles one flavor at a time when you can stack multiple chips together?
Mike Pomranz October 17, 2017

Here's how eating Pringles typical goes down: You pop open a tube and proceed to pick out chips with your fingers until you can't fit your hand in any further and resort to pouring the rest out. Conventional logic also dictates that you do this one tube at a time, lest you end up with a bunch of stale, half-eaten Pringles containers in your cupboard. But a new campaign from the snack brand is looking to turn conventional logic on its head—and get you to buy more Pringles along the way—by offering the idea of "flavor stacking." And Pringles will even be running its own New York City pop-up this week to help show chip fans how it's done.
The Pringles Stack Shack will be open near New York City's Times Square this Wednesday through Friday, showing off six new flavors and then demonstrating how these and other Pringles varieties (19 others to be exact) can be "flavor stacked" together in "recipes" to create an endless possibility of new taste combinations. "Pringles wanted to show fans that there's more than one way to enjoy their uniquely stackable crisps," a Pringles spokesperson said. "What better way than by sampling first hand at a New York pop-up? At the Pringles Stack Shack, fans will learn how to create mind-blowing triple flavored crisp combinations and experience Pringles' varieties like never before."
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Sweet Potato Is The New Pumpkin! Get Ready To Fall For New Sunchips Sweet Potato And Smartfood Delight Rosemary & Olive Oil
SunChips® and Smartfood® Brands Celebrate Autumnal Flavors

Frito-Lay North America
Oct 25, 2017, 09:01 ET

PLANO, Texas, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Fall has officially struck the nation, marking the season when leaves change colors, temperatures cool down and many of our favorite celebrations begin. For snack fans, the absolute best part of fall is the seasonal flavors it brings.  Luckily for them, the SunChips® and Smartfood® brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division are offering unique and new tasty flavors that are sure to delight fans' desire for autumnal offerings – SunChips Sweet Potato and Smartfood Delight Rosemary & Olive Oil.
SunChips Sweet Potato is made with real sweet potato, 100 percent whole grains and no artificial flavors or preservatives and delivers a delightful flavor made from veggie ingredients.
"This is a great time to enjoy those favorite seasonal flavors that bring the warmth and aromas of fall to life," said Fauzia Haq, marketing senior director, Frito-Lay. "We are excited to offer new flavors like Sweet Potato on SunChips and Rosemary and Olive Oil on Smartfood Delight popcorn.  These yummy snacks are made with real and simple ingredients so you have even more reasons to enjoy them this fall season."
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The Back of the Potato Chip Bag: an Unscientific Register
Posted by Nick
October 29, 2017 at 9:10 pm Leave your thoughts
Gobs of cash go into developing dapper chip bag fronts. And rightfully so: In the hyper-competitive snack food aisles, the front of the bag has to make a perfect visual pitch to earn the sale.
If the front is Married…With Children, the back is Flying Blind or Herman’s Head: rarely viewed, occasionally amusing, mostly forgettable, yet without it something seems off.
For those that choose the path of creativity, the blank canvas of a bag back gives manufacturers a chance to build their brand or cross-promote products. For others, it’s a complete afterthought.
The following list covers everything you should encounter on the back of a chip bag. It’s based on the perusal of hundreds of bags we’ve read. The list is broken into four tiers, from most common to least common. If we missed anything, please leave your findings in the comments.
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Investigating Pennsylvania’s Very Particular Penchant for Potato Chips
Turns out there is an unusually high concentration of snack-food producers in this state.

Utz brand potato chips. PUBLIC DOMAIN
THE SMALL, CENTRAL-EAST PENNSYLVANIA TOWN of Hanover is, like much of Pennsylvania, very normal on the surface, and incredibly weird just below.
Hanover, and a few counties surrounding it, is the biggest producer of America’s favorite guilty pleasures. It is tempting to be scornful of any place that calls itself the “capital of the world” of any particular product, but it’s hard to argue with Hanover’s claim on this one: more potato chips (and pretzels, candy, ice cream, and chocolate) are produced over these few counties than anywhere else on Earth.
Pennsylvania leads the country in production of all of these products, and each individual snack has its own fairly standard story of why it came to be so successful in the Keystone State. Pretzels? Well, Pennsylvania has the highest percentage of German-Americans in the US, so isn’t it just logical that the pretzel, a German import, would take root there? Chocolate, well, Philadelphia was a key port in the slave trade, taking on sugar from the Caribbean and manufacturing it a bit west of the city during its booming economic decades. Dairy was and remains a huge industry in Pennsylvania, and the summers are brutally hot, so, sure, ice cream.
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Atlanta family is one of the world’s only black-owned potato chip owners
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Don't you hate when you pull open a fresh bag of chips and you find SO much empty space? Who are potato chip companies trying to fool? No one! In fact, that space is there for a very good reason: to make sure that your chips arrive to you fresh and delicious. That empty space is filled with a secret ingredient: Nitrogen!
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You may have heard the story of how the first potato chip was made, by accident, in Saratoga Springs.
Alan Richer knows the other story. 
In the more widely-told tale dating back to the 1850s, an overdressed and dissatisfied diner at Moon’s Lake House sends back his potatoes — “not once, but twice,” Richer said — for being too thick and soft. Out of spite, the chef, George Speck Crum, takes out his razor to make the potatoes extra thin and deep fries them, thinking they would be inedible, but the customer eats them right up.
Richer, a chip historian who lives on Saratoga Lake, said that’s one of a few origin stories, and he knows them all. In another, Crum’s sister, “Aunt Kate” Weeks, accidentally drops a potato into a doughnut fryer.
“And when they cut it open, that’s how it got invented,” he said. 
Richer will share stories like these, along with his entire collection of chip history memorabilia, at the second annual Chip Festival set for Saturday at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The all-day event serves as a fundraiser for the Saratoga Springs Lions Club and will feature a variety of chip samples; a national chip contest judged by Culinary Institute of America dean Brendan Walsh, with winners in 12 categories; and an appearance by the Big Idaho Potato Truck, a traveling six-ton imitation spud.
Here is a great video done by The History Channel in 2006 from their show “What Americans Eat” This episode is entitled “Salty Snacks”
Visit The History Channel for more great content by clicking here.
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Here is an early excerpt from “The Cook’s Oracle” 1822, that shows there were recipes for prying sliced potatoes back then, Possibly obscuring the history of the Saratoga Chip and it’s origins!
, City of Westminster, London
potato chip, creator of Wow-Wow sauce
1827 (aged 51–52)
London, England
Resting place
St Clement Danes
Known for
Cook's Oracle,
William Kitchiner M.D. (1775–1827) was an English optician, inventor of telescopes, amateur musician and exceptional cook. His name was a household word during the 19th century, and his 1822 cookbook, The Cook's Oracle, was a bestseller in England and the United States. In the United Kingdom, the origin of the potato chip is attributed to Kitchiner, with The Cook's Oracle including the earliest known recipe.[1][2]
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Man bites woman’s face during potato chip dispute
A Ringtown man was jailed Thursday after state police at Frackville charged him with biting his wife in the face and causing injuries, during an argument over potato chips.

George S. Beaver, 59, of 17 Jerrys Road, was charged by Trooper Christopher Rooney with simple assault and harassment.

Beaver was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Christina E. Hale, Frackville, and committed to Schuylkill County Prison unable to post 10 percent of $10,000 bail.

Rooney filed the charges against Beaver stemming from an incident about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday at his
By Lorraine Swanson (Patch Staff) - Updated Date Don't show on local voices March 18, 2017 12:14 am ET Moderation
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Potato Chip Eating Drunkard Charged With Disorderly Conduct: Cops
Palos Park police said man claimed he was looking for a friend's party and could not explain why he was banging on people's doors.
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PALOS PARK, IL -- The St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend got off to a wild start for Palos Park police, who cited an alleged intoxicated reveler for disturbing the peace Friday evening.

Around 6:45 p.m. Friday, police were called to the area of the 11900 block of Rt. 7 (Southwest Highway) that a drunkard was yelling and screaming and alarming people, Palos Park Police Chief Joe Miller said.

Officers were advised that an alleged intoxicated man was going from house to house along Rt. 7 banging on people’s doors. When police arrived at the front door of the 11900 block of Rt. 7, they saw a man screaming and eating from a potato chips bag while knocking on the house’s windows and doors....………
By Haley Rush
Published: March 13, 2017, 9:58 pm Updated: March 14, 2017, 5:17 am
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Albuquerque woman hopes to create potato chip with New Mexico twist
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque woman is hoping to make her state proud by creating a potato chip with a New Mexico twist.

It’s no secret, green chile is associated with New Mexico, but Albuquerque native Heather Taush wants it to be associated with the nation.

“I just think green chile is really special and the rest of the nation needs to experience our little slice of heaven here,” said Taush.

So to do that, she entered the Lay’s ‘Do Us a Flavor’ contest. She created the chip flavor, “Green Chile Cheese Fries.”...………
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14 Crave-Worthy Potato Chips from Around the Country
No dip required
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March 14 may be National Potato Chip Day, but if you’re anything like us, you don’t need a holiday—or an excuse—to load up on the fried taters year-round. And we’re not alone: According to the USDA, the average American consumes 46.7 pounds of potatoes each year.

Here, 14 potato chip varieties that elevate the humble snack into an otherworldly realm, from decadent white chocolate to bacon and cheese...………
February 28, 2017
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Heartland Potato Chips (NZ) expands product range with Premium Crafted Crisps
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New Zealand potato chip manufacturer Heartland Potato Chips just launched a range of premium crafted kettle chips in four flavours.

Established in Washdyke in 2010 by Raymond and Adrienne Bowan, the company will likely have to introduce double shifts to cope with its growing range of products.

The family business has installed new equipment to be able to manufacture this new range of premium crafted kettle chips This adds to the firm's six-flavour wave cut range, produced since the factory started in 2010 and its flat cut category introduced in 2015..………
Posted By Tom Perkins on Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 8:52 am
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Zingerman's is rolling out its own line of potato chips
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Given that Zingerman's sets Ann Arbor's sandwich standard and its family of companies creates so many original flavors and products, it's a little surprising that it has yet to dabble in the art of artisan potato chips.

But that changed as of this week when Zingerman's Delicatessen announced it's launching its own line of thin and crispy spuds, Zingerman's Potato Chips, out of the Detroit Street deli.

Though the chips are under the Deli label, chef Rodger Bowser spent a year working with Traverse City's Great Lakes Potato Chip Company and Épices de Cru, a Montreal-based spice company considered one of the best, to develop the products.………
By Nic Andersen - February 21, 2017
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This chip sold for $100 000, yes a real potato chip
The most expensive chip of all time.
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Last year we saw the internet lose its mind over the death of Harambe the gorilla. Since the gorilla’s death he has amassed something of a cult following online and around the world. Merchandise and a collection of memes have made Harambe a well-known name among millennials.

Now into the full on crazy. CNN has come across an eBay listing where one single Cheetos potato chip has been sold for $100 000. Yes, we are as flabbergasted as you are, you can be sure of that. So why is this chip worth so much? This particular chip doesn’t contain any special ingredients, no gold flakes or anything like that. It is a regular Cheeto, except for the fact that it is shaped (apparently) like a gorilla climbing a tree………
WESH via NBC News
Published: November 28, 2016, 9:18 pm Updated: November 29, 2016, 8:10 am
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Potato chip truck catches fire, burns to a “crisp”
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WESH) – A Lays potato chip truck went up in flames Sunday morning in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

The truck was parked outside a CVS pharmacy when emergency crews responded to the blaze. Traffic slowed as motorists caught a glimpse of the burning truck.

The chips, destined for store shelves were destroyed when the truck was literally burned to a crisp.

No injuries were reported at the scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.………
By Spooky on February 20th, 2017
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Fail Chips – Pre-Crushed Potato Chips That Don’t Leave Your Hands Greasy
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For years, companies have been researching ways to best package potato chips to prevent them from being crushed, but one company is actually crushing them on purpose so that you can just toss them in your moth directly from the bag, without touching them with your hands.

I’m not yet sure if Fail Chips are an actual product or just a promotional stunt, but the concept behind them is actually pretty cool. Most potato chip fans will tell you that the best part of a bag are the crushed chip bits at the bottom. They’re super salty, super seasoned, and best of all, you can toss them in your mouth straight out of the bag, without having to lay a finger on them. Well, somebody decided to make the best part of the bag the whole bag. They take full-size chips, crush them into small pieces, package them in colorful bags and sell them as tasty snacks………
Tasneem Nashrulla
BuzzFeed News Reporter
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Pringles gets 'loud' with line of potato-free chips
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Pringles is once again experimenting beyond the potato.

The iconic snacks brand is rolling out a new chip line made of corn, grain and vegetables. (Don't worry. Its classic line is staying put).
Called "Loud," the new line's name emphasizes its five bold flavors: Fiery Chili Lime, Mighty Margherita Pizza, Salsa Fiesta, Spicy Queso and Super Cheesy Italian.
Although ingredients such as grain and vegetables may suggest a healthier alternative, its caloric content is the same as its standard potato-based chips……….
Tasneem Nashrulla
BuzzFeed News Reporter
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This Guy Feeding Another Guy A Chip Behind Donald Trump Is A Thing Of Beauty
“Makes Snacks Great Again.”
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By Kelly House | The Oregonian/OregonLive
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on July 25, 2013 at 9:00 AM, updated July 25, 2013 at 1:10 PM
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Kettle Chips factory tour reveals anatomy of an Oregon potato chip
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By The Oregonian/OregonLive
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Potato chip argument leads to man stabbed in neck, Portland police say
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Published: July 8, 1989
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Trump's White House Snack Of Choice Is Hilariously American

After becoming President, Donald Trump made a few changes to the White House. The Oval Office now matches Trump Tower with a golden rug and curtains.

The update he gave the kitchen was equally predictable. It's now stashed with Lay’s potato chips, The New York Times reports. This is also a delicacy he likes to keep on his private plane.……

Read the whole article.
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Thanks to the Toga Chip Gal, Jessica Richer, for bringing this one to my attention!
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Hot off the press: From the February 2017 edition of Bon Appetit magazine interview by David Walters of Comedian Samantha Bee.

By Taunton Gazette Staff
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Taunton Cheetos arsonist gets jail time for trying to torch ex-girlfriend's house

TAUNTON - A 31-year-old Taunton man who attempted to burn down his ex-girlfriend's house while she was still inside was convicted of malicious destruction of property and sentenced to serve the maximum two-and-a-half year jail sentence, according to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office.

Shemroy Williams, of 42 Weir St., was convicted by a jury in Taunton District Court after just one hour of deliberation.

On March 10, 2016, Taunton police and fire officials responded to 164 Somerset Ave. after the intended victim and her friend reported that the defendant was attempting to light the home on fire.
Larry Hardesty | MIT News Office
August 4, 2014
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Extracting audio from visual information
Algorithm recovers speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag filmed through soundproof glass.
Researchers at MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag photographed from 15 feet away through soundproof glass.
In other experiments, they extracted useful audio signals from videos of aluminum foil, the surface of a glass of water, and even the leaves of a potted plant. The researchers will present their findings in a paper at this year’s Siggraph, the premier computer graphics conference…….
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Ads Promise You’ll Fall in Love With Cape Cod (Chips)
A brand in a competitive segment of the snack market is returning to its roots in a campaign meant to play up its origins.

The campaign, now under way, promotes the Cape Cod brand of kettle-cooked potato chips sold by Snyder’s-Lance by declaring that it comes from the “Home of ridiculously good chips.” That home is Hyannis, Mass., on Cape Cod, where the kettle chips were first made in 1980 and are still produced in a plant there.

The campaign is being called the first for Cape Cod that includes television and digital media. On TV, there is a commercial, set on a beach, that offers a humorous look at just how ridiculously good “ridiculously good” can be, featuring a flock of sea gulls that plays a hit tune by, the 1980s pop group A Flock of Seagulls…….
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Dieffenbach's Potato Chips launches Uglies - potato chips from waste potatoes
The Pennsylvanian snack manufacturer Dieffenbach's Potato Chips Inc. exhibited for the third time 3rd time at the Pennsylvania Farm show. The impact it is having on growing its Central Pennsylvania business has been tremendous, according to Dwight Zimmerman, the VP of Sales and Marketing for Dieffenbach’s……
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Similarities and Differences between the US and South America Potato Chip Markets
The potato chip was created in the USA, while the potato itself originates from South America. What are the similarities between those two huge markets today regarding this tuberous crop? And what are the differences? 
By Barbara Zec
Since the cultivation of the first potatoes, between 8000 and 5000 BC in Peru, and since the introduction of the much, much younger potato chip, many things have happened. Both products have conquered the world. Each of them is a global phenomenon. One interesting fact is that none of the South American countries is among the top 10 producers of potatoes, while the USA is in third place. What happened? Moreover, the USA has conquered the world with the Lay’s brand, including South American markets. Lay’s global domination is beyond doubt, while the success of other brands tends to be more localized. Let’s look at the current state of the most important brands in both markets…….
April 9, 2015

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Although Baltimoreans are notoriously loyal to their “own” brands such as Old Bay, Berger Cookies and Under Armour, there are a few interesting anomalies that this town as adopted as their own even though they are not, or are no longer here. I have to say, I’m not really a “chips” kind of guy…….
Dec. 11, 2016 1:44 p.m. ET

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PepsiCo Wants to Sell Healthy Food, Consumers Want Chips
The food and beverage giant says it wants to make more ‘good for you’ snacks, but much of its revenue growth comes from high-fat, high-salt standbys such as Doritos and Cheetos…….
  • Cindy O. Herman/For The Daily Item Mar 14, 2015

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National Potato Chip Day: Fast Facts about Middleswarth Chips
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- Middleswarth produces 2,500 pounds of potato chips per hour during peak season. During slower times, like right after the Christmas holidays, it scales back to about 1,200 pounds per hour. "That way, we can manufacture what we need and keep it fresh every day," said Jeff Goff, vice president of the company……….
Patricia Sellers
Updated: Mar 04, 2015 12:19 PM EST

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Sometimes when Warren Buffett loves a product—See's Candies and Dairy Queen ice cream, to name two—he buys the company. Or he voraciously acquires shares in the business—as he's done with Coca-Cola (KO, -0.24%), to the tune of $16 billion………..
November 22, 2016

September 6, 2016
Everett, Police Blotter

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Woman Turns Potato Chip Theft Into Felony Robbery

What began as a potato chip theft turned into a case of 1st degree robbery Sunday morning.
According to Everett Police probable cause papers, at about 11:30 AM a 40-year-old woman from Snohomish went into the Subway store in the 3700 block of Broadway and grabbed 10 bags of potato chips. The owner of the store chased her outside the door and across the street…..


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Syma Chowdhry
4:47 PM, Nov 3, 2016
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Detroit Friends chips makes Oprah’s ‘Favorite Things’

(WXYZ) - Whenever Oprah Winfrey endorses a product, you better believe business will be booming for that company.

It's golden, crunchy and was a best kept secret until now. We are talking about Detroit Friends Potato Chips.

Daytime TV legend Oprah Winfrey announced this year's list of her favorite things and these chips were one of the 104 products she picked.

Michael Wimberley is the founder of Detroit Friends Potato Chip.

"We are so delighted," he said. "It's an honor to be named by such a well known person.”….

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Stephanie Steinberg , The Detroit News 3:10 p.m. EST November 7, 2016

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Detroit Friends chips makes Oprah’s Favorite Things

Detroit potato chip maker Michael Wimberley is still in disbelief that Oprah found his Detroit Friends Potato Chips and featured them on her annual “Favorite Things” holiday gift list.

“It’s a miracle,” he says.

The 53-year-old native Detroiter started the chip company at Van Dyke and East Forest seven years ago to help revitalize the Hope District and provide employment opportunities……..


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By TONY BUHR staff writer Oct 18, 2016

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Co-founder of Tim's Cascade Style Potato Chips retires in Ellensburg

A good potato chip potato is about three-and-a-quarter inches big and has a low sugar content so it doesn’t turn brown when fried, said Jeff Leichleiter, co-founder of Tim’s Cascade Style Potato Chips.

Leichleiter retired from Tim’s July 15, after 30 years working for the company. He and his wife, Ann, live on a sustainable farm in Ellensburg…….

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Potato Chip Scrambled Eggs

Similar to migas, which are made with corn chips and eggs, potato chip scrambled eggs are an easy, last minute way to sneak some potatoes into breakfast. There was a brief, glorious period in my life during which I thought I had invented a delicious breakfast dish that, it turns out, has long existed.

Migas translates from Spanish into "crumbs." In Portuguese the word is migalhas. In both countries, "crumbs" are typically made with day-old bread, and a varying mix of meat, veggies, and seasonings. There's also a Jewish version that combines old matzo with eggs……


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JUNE 29, 2016 8:00 AM
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Young NC State entrepreneur a chip off the old block

Josh Monahan, 20, started 1 in 6 Snacks in part to help combat hunger in North Carolina. For each bag sold, he gives five cents to a local food bank.

Becoming an entrepreneur was not a stretch for Josh Monahan, who grew up watching his parents build their own business.

More impressive is the decision to start his company at the age of 20, while still a full-time college student. His company, called 1 in 6 Snacks, has been up and running for three months….

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03/12/2015 12:25 pm ET | Updated Mar 12, 2015

Richard Bootman Finds Whole Potato In Potato Chip Bag

What came out of Richard Bootman’s potato chip bag is strange, no matter how you slice it.

Actually, it’s weirder because of what wasn’t sliced: a whole uncut and unpeeled potato — no chips.

Bootman, 25, of Mildenhall, UK, found the whole spud Monday morning in a package of Snackrite steak and onion crisps he purchased at an Aldi’s grocery store……

snackrite chips

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By Brian Nearing Published 7:40 pm, Monday, October 17, 2016
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Life-saving potato chip alerts woman to cancer
by: Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated: Apr 13, 2016 - 11:33 PM

MARYSVILLE, Wash. - A Marysville, Washington, woman says her love of potato chips led to a discovery that may have saved her life.

Kristine Moore has eaten Ruffles potato chips every day for the past 20 years.

In February, a sharp fragment of a chip poked her tonsil. The next day, she felt like she was coming down with something and went to the doctor.

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By Brian Nearing Published 7:40 pm, Monday, October 17, 2016
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Keeping an invasive potato pest in check

The state's long campaign against a potato-destroying pest is getting a boost from $1.2 million in state aid for a new research center at Cornell University.
The grant will rebuild an aging, World War II-era center that focuses on the battle against the golden nematode, a microscopic, subterranean worm native to South America that has been in parts of Long Island since the 1940s. It is also found in several upstate counties west of the Finger Lakes region.

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Published January 29, 2016
Allicator News

Police: 61-year-old man throws potato chips

A Gainesville man ended up in jail after his snack craving turned into a criminal charge.

Gainesville Police arrested James Donald Robertson Jr., 61, on Wednesday morning after they said he attacked someone with a bag of potato chips.

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Published October 18, 2016 KTAR News

Autopsy: Woman found buried with chips, perfume and a note

FAIRFIELD, Maine (AP) — The autopsy of a Maine woman found dead behind her in-laws’ home shows she was buried along with a bag of potato chips, a bottle of perfume and a note that took “an apologetic tone.”

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Published October 21, 2016

Swedish brewery makes the world's most expensive potato chip

Looking for a salty snack that will really knock your socks off?

This potato chip may do just that—and leave a gaping hole in your wallet.

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Published October 6, 2016

World’s spiciest tortilla chip is a world of hurt

Are the type of eater who can consume a whole jalapeno without wincing? Can you chug a bottle of Tabasco? Do you like the idea of a food so spicy you may start to hallucinate?

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From the October 26, 2015 NY TIMES, TIMES INSIDER

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Published March 14, 2016

The surprising history of potato chips

Today potato chips are the most popular snack food in America and are devoured at a rate of 1.2 billion pounds annually, so it’s hard to believe that the snack food was created completely by accident…….

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Associated Press
August 8, 2012
Please read the article below that discusses Americas great love of different types of Potato Chips!

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My interview by Capital News 9 from The Chip Festival 2016 in Saratoga Springs.

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From The New York Times Cooking section, more great exposure for the Saratoga Chip!

Article by Kim Sererson

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By Kim Severson, Friday August 19 2016

What to cook This Weekend
I have a dear friend whose idea of a busy weekend is a game of Scrabble and an errand. (Looking at you, Julia Moskin.)

Not me. I like to pack it in. I'm a Midwesterner by birth, which means I have a natural desire to find someone who needs help fixing a fence or could use a plate of brownies. (Try Katharine Hepburn's recipe!)

Also, I figure it could all end any day, so why not cook a lot while you can? That's what weekends are made for……

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Saratoga Potatoes
40 minutes, Serves 8 as an hors d'oeuvre, 4 to 6 as a side dish

In “America Cooks,” by the 1940s food writers Cora, Rose and Bob Brown, the trio declared: “A century ago, when Saratoga Springs was in its heyday as a fashionable resort, specialties from there swept the country, and one of them, Saratoga Chips, will endure as long as there are spuds left to slice.” They were partly right. The recipe has endured, all right, but Saratoga vanished from the name. We now call them potato chips.

3 large white potatoes, peeled
Olive oil, for frying


Step 1
Slice the potatoes 1/8-inch thick (or thinner); use a mandoline if you have one. Soak the potato slices in cold water until ready to fry, then drain and dry them thoroughly on a towel.

Step 2
Fill a large sauté pan with ½ inch olive oil. Place over medium-high heat; the oil is ready when it browns a breadcrumb in 30 seconds. Drop a few potato slices at a time into the oil and fry until the edges begin to brown, 3 to 4 minutes, then turn the slices and brown the other side, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain on a baking sheet lined with paper towels. Keep warm in a 175-degree oven while you fry the rest of the potatoes.

Step 3
Just before serving, pile the potatoes into a bowl and season with salt, tossing to disperse the seasoning.

View the recipe on The New York Times site.

Tom Schierlitz for The New York Times; Food styling by Brian Preston-Campbel
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From the Boston Globe article in which the Toga Chip Guy, Alan Richer, was noted as a source!

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By Marissa Dellato, The Boston Globe 7/22/16

The potato chip has surprising ties to Massachusetts
Sink your teeth into these fascinating facts about the popular snack.

> 4 — Number of pounds of potato chips the average American consumes each year

> 4 — Miles J.P. Duchesneau drove glass jars of his Tri-Sum Potato Chips via horse and buggy to the Fitchburg Hotel, his first retail sales outlet

> 4 — Pounds of potatoes it takes to make 1 pound of Cape Cod Potato Chips

> 50 million — Pounds of potatoes used by Cape Cod Potato Chips each year at its Hyannis facility

> 2 — Percent of potatoes seen by Cape Cod Potato Chips that are green, not brown

> 350,000 — Number of yearly visitors to the Cape Cod Potato Chips factory in Hyannis, now owned by Snyder’s-Lance

> 1817 — Year William Kitchiner, a British MD, published Apicius Redivivus, or the Cook’s Oracle, including what is credited as the first recipe for potato chips

> 1908 — Year Leominster’s Tri-Sum Potato Chips opened what is thought to be the first commercial potato chip factory

> 1926 — Year Laura Scudder invented the sealed potato chip bag in Monterey Park, California

> 1942 — Year Harvey Noss, “father of the potato chip industry,” got Congress to declare potato chips an “essential food,” protecting the industry from potato or oil rationing during World War II

> 1980 — Year Steve Bernard started Cape Cod Potato Chips, revitalizing kettle-cooking for potato chips

Sources: Tri-Sum Potato Chips, Nielsen, Cape Cod Potato Chips, Alan Richer

Please visit The Boston Globe article!

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Here are some great testimonials from The Chip Festival regarding my exhibit!

Notable Visitors

- Amanda Thomason, Snyder's-Lance, Inc. (Maker of Cape Cod Potato Chips)

"As a Chef I am very interested in the history and background of all food. Alan Richer's one of a kind Saratoga Chip memorabilia display is of particular interest as our area claims to be the home of what has to be the most universally loved, addicting snack."
- Yono Purnomo, Owner: Yono's and dp Brasserie, International Award Winning Chef

"Very Impressive!"
- Mark Costello, Vice President Sales & Marketing at Better Made Snack Foods, Inc

"Great collection and very interesting!"
- Colleen Farley, SNAC International (Snack Food Association)

"Congratulations on Your 1st Saratoga Chips Convention - Great Job. Wonderful History Display"
- Michael Noonan, Famed Saratoga Springs Photographer and the Man Who First Got me interested in the Toga Chip

"Outstanding Display! Love the History."
- Brendan R. Walsh CIA (the original one), Dean - Culinary Arts, Culinary Institute of America

"It is a magnificent collection, and beautifully presented."
- Field Horne, Editor of Saratoga Living and Famed Saratoga Springs Historian

"Great Collection,"
- Chef Jasper Alexander, owner of Hattie's Chicken Shack

- Bob Kavachick, News Channel 13 Albany Weatherman


- Michelle Hines Abram
Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival: Wine & Dine for the Arts
Founding Director,

"I learned a lot about Saratoga Chips outside of Saratoga."
- Jack Knowlton, Managing Partner of Sackatoga Stables which owns Kentucky Derby and Preakness Winner, Funny Cide.

Every day Attendees of Chip Festival

"Not just a snack in a bag, but part of American history, loved it!!"

"Fabulous Display, Loved it."

"So Fun!!!

"We love history; the pictures were great."

"Wonderful exhibit,"

"Awesome display! I love the history!"

"What a wonderful trip through Saratoga Potato Chip history. Great photos and memorabilia."

"Very Cool"

"Nice collection! Well curated and displayed."

"It was Lovely."

"Absolutely amazing and interesting!"

"Fascinating display!"

"Very interesting and informative."

"Impressive! Thank you so much for your chronicles of Saratoga Chips!"

"What a Fabulous addition to the Chip festival - the history ties it all together."

"Amazing history"
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Exhibit Shots From The Chiefest 2016

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July 23, 2016
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Chrissy Teigen just defended potato chips and we agree!
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If you’re a fan of cooking — or just hilarious, adorable celebs — then you should already be obsessed with Chrissy Teigen.

Known for her politics, gorgeous family and incredible sense of humor, Chrissy’s a model-turned-cookbook author (and Lip Sync Battle co-host) who’s absolutely killing the social media game.

After the success of her first cookbook, Cravings—which came out earlier this year—Chrissy’s thinking ahead to her second and looking to her Twitter followers for inspiration.

When the idea of a “diet” cookbook came up, Chrissy was quick to shoot it down in favor of “clean eating.”

christine teigen

I dunno. I've always had an issue with the word diet. I like "eating light" or clean eating...I dunno why!


10:07 AM - 22 Jul 2016
For Chrissy, clean recipes are “something without 1000 ingredients with words I can pronounce,” meaning even potato chips can be a-okay — which, honestly, thank god.
christine teigen

i feel like even potato chips can be considered clean. olive oil and sea salt, baked? no? oh well


10:48 AM - 22 Jul 2016
We’re ready to whole-heartedly embrace Chrissy’s definition of clean-eating — even if it’s not exactly scientifically accurate.
christine teigen

ok everyone relax, i'm not a nutritionist and by clean i mean "not velveeta"


10:41 AM - 22 Jul 2016

Please visit the Yahoo News Story!

Maybe it’s just because we love potato chips — but we think this wise-cracking (and just plain wise) lady is spot on.

The post Chrissy Teigen just defended potato chips and we agree! appeared first on HelloGiggles.
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More shots from The Chip Festival

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A great time was had by large crowds at the Chip Festival

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From the Saratogian article in which the Toga Chip Guy, Alan Richer, was interviewed prior to the 2016
Chip Festival.

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By Paul Post, The Saratogian 7/12/16

All about chips Man has world’s largest Saratoga Chips memorabilia collection

SARATOGA SPRINGS >> Alan Richer’s mother told him to do all things in moderation.

Most of the time he listened, but not when it comes to potato chips.

The Saratoga Lake resident has the world’s largest collection of memorabilia related to Saratoga Chips, which were reputedly invented at Moon’s Lake House in 1853.

“My ultimate goal would be to find a permanent home for this,” Richer said. “I’m the kind of person who likes to start big. I wrote to The Smithsonian Institution a couple of years ago, asking if they were interested. I’ve done something no one else has ever done, at least not to this degree.”

On Saturday, part of his collection will be exhibited at the Saratoga Lions Club’s inaugural Chip Festival at Saratoga Springs City Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m…..

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Saratoga Chip Festival Interview 7/5/16

Join Look TV as we sit down with the Toga Chip Guy himself, Alan Richer and Greg Dixon of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club and the chair the of Chip Festival Committee. They’re here to talk about Saratoga’s upcoming first annual Chip Festival.

Click the image below to watch the interview on our site.

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“A Saratoga Essential Event!”

Join Alan at the 2016 Chip Festival to learn more about the history of the Potato Chip.

Click here to learn a bit more about what Alan will be presenting at the festival.

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You say potato, Hammel says potato chip
Cubs righty follows doctor's orders, strikes out seven to snap skid

By Carrie Muskat / | @CarrieMuskat | July 16th, 2016
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CHICAGO -- Javier Baez made some impressive plays at third base, Matt Szczur delivered a key pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth inning and Jason Heyward blocked out the sun to make an acrobatic catch in right field in the ninth. But the key to the Cubs' win on Saturday may have been the potato chips pitcher Jason Hammel ate…….
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Save The Date!

The Toga Chip Guy
will be at The Chip Festival this July as a Judge as well as with his collection of chip memorabilia!

Also enjoy contests, chip sampling and several vendors from across the country!

Come Visit Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the Saratoga Springs City Center!

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Alan in front of the Idaho Potato Country Truck on its spring visit to Saratoga!

Learn more about Chip Festival 2016!

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From the Saratogian article in which the Toga Chip Guy, Alan Richer, was interviewed prior to the 2016
Chip Festival.

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By Paul Post, The Saratogian 5/03/16

Big spud promotes upcoming festival in Saratoga Springs

SARATOGA SPRINGS >> A 12,000-pound Idaho potato pulled up in front of the City Center on Tuesday to promote a new local event, the first-ever Chip Festival scheduled for Saturday, July 16.

Saratoga Springs is believed to be the birthplace of the potato chip, which was created at Moon’s Lake House on Saratoga Lake in the 1850s.

The Chip Festival, organized by Saratoga Springs Lions Club, will feature nearly two dozen regional and national brands such as Wise, the main sponsor, and will include sampling booths and competitions for best chips, salsa and dips…….

…..Plans also call for family-oriented activities and entertainment, and a history display by Alan Richer, the “Toga Chip Guy,” who has a variety of potato chip memorabilia and artifacts related to Saratoga and the industry as a whole.

Richer, a retired General Electric Co. senior tax counsel, started collecting items a dozen years ago after moving to Saratoga Lake and has been featured on NBC….

Please read the whole article by clicking here!

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Idaho Potato Facts & Tour!
Save The Date!

Come See The Big Idaho Potato Truck at the 2016 Saratoga Chip Festival July 16th!

See A larger photo!

Learn More about the Chip Festival!

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By Gary Marshall

On The Trail Of The Perfect Potato Chip
… Science aids muncher in their quest for the absolute crunch…

If potato chips had nicotine, we’d all be doomed. As it is, they are addicting enough, those crispy fried spuds full of oil, salt and an occasional nutrient. But while the initial liking of potato chips was accidental (chips were invented in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. in 1853 by hotel chef George Crum, who was a member of the Stockbridge Indian tribe, or perhaps by aunt Katy Weeks, who assisted Crum in the kitchen)…

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By Veronica Vol & Sasha-Ann Simons


New York Potatoes & Storage Keep the Chip Industry Strong!

Growing and storing potatoes in High Tech Facilities, right here in NY, helps keep the Chip industry going!

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By Joe Leathersich


As a follow up to the previous story, NEW YORK CHIPS just launched their fantastic tasting chips in Wegman’s Stores throughout the northeast!

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By Todd Clausen

Marquart Bros. bites into line of New York Chips

“There are just three ingredients in a new crunchy treat made by a Wyoming County farmer.
Potatoes, sea salt and avocado oil.”

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By Julia Farini

It’s a New York kind of chip

“After years of planning and development, and having the foresight to construct an entire building just for the idea, the final product hit local stores Thursday. 
New York Chips.”

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For family business Jiff-E-Mart, bright future in chips, service

Brittany Gregory / Special to the Times Union Owner Bill Chenot Jr. stands behind the deli counter in his newly constructed Jiff-E-Mart in North Greenbush. A grand opening for the store will be held on Friday, March 4.

Samples of Jiff-e-mart’s hand-made chips are available at the deli counter of the new Jiff-e-mart on friday in north Greenbush. Brittany Gregory / Special to the times union

North Greenbush

The Chenots may be opening their third Jiff-E-Mart convenience store, but the chain is still very much a family affair.

Started by Al Chenot and his son Bill Chenot Sr. two decades ago, the company is in the midst of opening its third store. Bill Chenot Jr. oversees the three stores, and his brother Matthew Chenot runs the newest shop.

It began in Averill Park when the prior tenant of an auto shop and gas station in a building the Chenots owned decided to end the lease. Rather than get someone else to operate it, the family ended the auto shop, kept selling gas and put on an addition to sell hot dogs and subs.

A Castleton store followed nine years ago.

The newest location opened on North Greenbush Road in North Greenbush. A grand opening is scheduled for Friday, March 4.

Chenot said the family considers the business a high-end deli. They make their own hard rolls and sub rolls, and the pizza is made with fresh dough.

The gas is just a lure. On Friday, the store was selling gas at $1.79 a gallon as a way to encourage customers to stop.

“That’s what differentiates what we’re doing here,” Chenot said. “We’re more of a deli that sells gas.”

Inside the store, employees are busy making pizza, cooking hot dogs and grilling burgers and other sandwiches. The company has 40 employees, with 13 at the newest location.

Like its competitor Stewart’s, Jiff-E-Mart is a homegrown chain with its own line of specialty products. For Stewart’s, it’s ice cream. For Jiff-E-Mart, it’s potato chips.

It started one day when an employee offered to make Chenot potato chips to go with his lunch. They began selling the chips along with their sandwiches, and then someone from Colonie’s farmers market suggested they sell some there.

It’s grown so that the small chain makes 12 varieties and sells them both at their own stores and other retailers.

“I have two guys, their jobs all week are just to make potato chips,” he said.

Though he manages the overall operation, his father and grandfather are still involved.

“He’s in every day,” Chenot said of his grandfather. “I got involved working with my father. Next thing I knew, I was working 40 to 50 hours a week.”

He jokes about taking on Stewart’s but said he’s just kidding. A new Stewart’s shop is less than a mile down the road and the Castleton store is not far from a former Stewart’s whose closing upset the community.

“They are a great company. What they do works and they are very successful,” Chenot said. “What we do is different.” • 518-454-5092 • @timobrientu


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Man’s Potato Chip Matchbook Covers

Another great example of Chips in our history!
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Please take a look at this very interesting entry taken from William Kernan’s Wordpress site outlining his connection through family to the Williams Potato Chop Company.

“By 1920, Bettie and her children founded Williams & Company, which made Williams Saratoga Chips. By the 1940’s, they had locations in Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco. Her two sons, Frank and Leo ran the business, and more so as Bettie got older. The successfulness of the company enabled Bettie to enjoy a more affluent lifestyle than she had, owning homes in Portland and San Francisco. She died in 1947 at the age of 88 in Hillsboro, Washington Co, Oregon, USA.”

To read the entire entry, please click here.
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Potato Chip Facts

Potato Chips:

It’s true: Nobody can eat just one At Moon's Lake House resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., “Saratoga chips” first sizzled to life in the summer of 1853. Now 86 percent of Americans eat them every year, a percentage matched only by France.
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TOP 5 Food Accidental Food Inventions! (See # 3 The Potato Chip)

Submitted by Gloria

Jay's Potato Chips?

….A snack-food junkie named Al Capone developed a taste for the chips while betting on the ponies in New York, and asked his supplier to start making them for his speakeasies….
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Celebrities Like Their Saratoga Chips!

Potato Chips
Most stories say chef George Crum prepared the first potato chips in 1853 at Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York. A dissatisfied diner supposedly returned plates of traditionally prepared potatoes ~ thick, fried slices eaten with a knife and fork ~ requesting thinner pieces. Frustrated, Crum sliced potatoes paper-thin, fried them to a crisp, and over-salted the brittle chips. The diner loved the “crunch potato slices” and “Saratoga Chips” became a popular house specialty.

Crum sold packaged Saratoga Chips locally and throughout New England. He opened his own restaurant in 1860 where wealthy businessmen such as William and Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould and Henry Hilton often dined. The restaurant closed in 1890 and Crum died in 1914, but his Saratoga Chips were produced until the 1920s. Saratoga Chips were largely a side dish served in restaurants and at special occasions.

In 1895, homemade potato chips were sold to grocery stores. Independent entrepreneurs across the United States were soon making and selling potato chips. In 1926, Laura Scudder created a moisture-resistant bag for her chips by ironing together pieces of waxed paper. Her “Scuds” stayed fresher longer and became a self-serve item. Brand names and logos were soon printed on the bags.

Potato chips were cooked by hand in small batches until 1929 when the continuous fryer was introduced. The fryer and sealed bag increased production and improved sales. Today there are more than 100 potato chip brands in the United States with some popular New York State companies. Annual supermarket sales for chips reach nearly $3 billion in the United States.

Chipping Potatoes
Not all potatoes make good chips!
Potatoes were mostly considered animal food until large numbers of German and northern European immigrants arrived in North America during the mid-nineteenth century. Central New York and Long Island became important potato growing areas. Today, about half of the potatoes grown in the United States are consumed as “table stock” but more and more potatoes are being processed into French fries and potato chips.

The best potatoes for crisp chips have a high starch content and absorb less oil during cooking. Varieties that yield standard shapes and sizes are also better for commercial production. They fit the automatic peelers and slicers, and are less likely to roll off conveyor belts.

Potatoes are easy to store, but fresh potatoes make the best potato chips. Large manufacturers have potato chip production and distribution facilities all over the country. New York grown potatoes can be found in national and local brands such as Herr, Wise and Terrell’s.

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Potato-chip fire doused

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April 01, 2013 4:00 pm • By ERIC BETZ Sun Staff Reporter(1) Comments
Firefighters used bolt cutters to get inside a semi-trailer early this morning in an attempt to extinguish a truckload of burning potato chips near Munds Park. No injuries were reported in the incident.

According to officials with the Pinewood Fire Department, a truck driver spotted another truck driver’s rear axle was glowing bright red at about 2:30 a.m. and reached him via CB radio.

The driver pulled off at the nearest exit and tried to put the fire out. Then he disconnected his truck from the trailer. Pinewood firefighters accessed the interior of the trailer and sprayed down the cargo of Trader Joe’s chips before the trailer and load of chips became a complete loss.

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National Potato Chip Day

DIY Microwave Potato Chips
Photo by Andi of Longmeadow Farm

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This is How Pringles Potato Chips Are Made!!
Happy National Potato Chip Day!
March 14th, 2015 / by Pee-wee Herman

View how Pringles are made!

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March 14, 2016 is
National Potato Chip Day

Today is National Potato Chip Day! Did you know that Americans consume 1.2 billion pounds of potato chips each year? It’s the nation’s favorite snack food!

An Irish chef named George Crum invented potato chips in Saratoga Springs in 1853. One day, a picky customer kept sending his fried potatoes back to the kitchen, complaining that they were too thick and soggy. Crum responded by slicing the potatoes so thin that they couldn’t be eaten with a fork. The customer was so pleased with Crum's crispy creation that they became a regular item on the restaurant's menu!

To celebrate National Potato Chip Day, enjoy some of your favorite potato chips with your lunch or dinner!

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Back Story: Potato Chips Were Invented By A Black Man By Accident

According to Enchanted Learning, a site that charts inventions, the potato chip was invented in 1853 by George Crum. Crum was a Native American/African American chef at the Moon Lake Lodge resort in Saratoga Springs, New York. French fries were popular at the restaurant during that time, and one day a diner complained that the fries were too thick. Although Crum made a thinner batch, the customer was still unsatisfied. The chef kept slicing them thinner, then fried them to a crisp, and seasoned them heavily with salt. By then, they were too thin to eat with a fork. Crum expected the fussy customer to dislike them, but the man praised them highly. So the potato chips were invented by accident. The chips became popular and subsequently became known as “Saratoga chips” or “potato crunches.”

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Celebrities Like Their Saratoga Chips!

Picture of Clint Eastwwod when he visited Palisades Park in 1961. Even Clint was found of the famous fries, and I hope he doused them with the malt vinegar.

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The authentic story of Saratoga chips is at long last revealed by the great nephew of George (Speck) Crum, their originator, Albert J. Stewart, now an employee of Mrs. Webster Curran Moriarta of North Broadway, with whom he has been employed for 24 years. Stewart told the story to Mrs. Moriarta many times as I relate it here: "Aunt Kate Wicks" so called by her friends, had something* to do with their Invention—worked for her brother, Crum. She related the true circumstances to Stewart many times before her death in 1914 at 68 William St., where she resided. Crum was born in Malta, the son of Abram Speck, a mulatto jockey who came from Kentucky in the early days of Saratoga and married an Indian woman of the Stockbridge tribe. It is related that a wealthy dinner guest had one time Jokingly referred to the name Speck, as Crura, and thereupon Speck took over the name of Crum. George Crum was more Indianin appearance. His younger days were spent in the Adirondack^ and he became a mighty hunter and a successful fisherman. His services as a guide in the Adirondack* were much sought after. His companion in the forests was a Frenchman from whom he learned to cook. Shortly after the Frenchman's death, Cnrn took up his abode near the south end of the lake and prepared to serve ducks. He became known throughout the country for his unique and wonderful skill In cooking game, fish and camp fire dishes generally. While he was employed as a
cook at Moon's Place, opened by Carey B. Moon in 1853 at the Southend of Saratoga Lake, on the Ramsdill Road, the incident occurred which led to the making of Saratoga Chips. "Aunt Kate Wicks" who worked with her brother, Crum, making pastry, had a pan of fat on the stove, while making crullers and was peeling potatoes at the same time. She chipped off a piece of potato which by the merest accident fell into the pan of fat. She fished it out with a fork and set it down upon a plate beside her on the table. Crum came into the kitchen. "What's this?", he asked, as he picked up the chip and tasted it "Hm, Hm, that's good. How did you make it?" "Aunt Kate" described the accident. "That's a good accident," said Crum. "We'll have plenty of these." HE TREED them out. Demand for them grew like wild fire and he sold them at 15 and ten cents a bag. Thus the Saratoga Chip came into existence. Other makes appeared on the market as time passed. For a long period of years, few prominent men in the world of finance, politics, art, the drama or sports, failed to eat one of Crum's famous dinners.

The late Cornelius E. Durkee, who died at the age of 96, entertained many guests at Moon's and was familiar with its history, related this interesting story of Crum's genius as a cook for me one day while he was compiling his reminiscences: "William H. Vanderbilt, father of Governor William H. Vanderbilt of Rhode Island, a prominent visitor here in those days, was extremely fond of canvasback ducks, but could not get them cooked properly in the village. "He sent a couple to Crum to see what he could do with them. "Crum had never seen a canvasback but having boasted that he could cook anything, willingly undertook to prepare these. "I KEPT THEM over the coals 19 minutes." Crum told Mr. Durkee, "the blood following the knife and sent them to the table hot. Mr. Vanderbilt said he had never eaten anything like them in his life"Mr. Vanderbilt," continued Mr. Durkee, "was so pleased he sent Mr. Crum many customers. He prospered in the business. He kept his tables laden with the best of everything and did not neglect to charge Delmonico prices." "His rules of procedure were his own. Guests were obliged to wait their turn, the millionaire as well as the wage earner. Mr. Vanderbilt was once obliged to wait an hour for a meal and Jay Gould and his party, also visitors here in the early days when this resort was the capital of fashionables of the country, waited as long another time. CRUM LEFT the kitchen to apologize to Mr. Gould, who told him
he understood the rules of the establishment and would wait willingly another hour. Judge Hilton and a party of friends were turned away one day. "I can't wait on you," said Crum, directing them to a rival house for dinner. "George," said Mr. Hilton, "you must wait on us if we have to remain in the front yard for two hours." Mr. Durkee recalled for me that, among those who enjoyed Crum's cooking and his potato chips were Presidents Chester A. Arthur and Grover Cleveland, and Governors Horatio Seymour, Alonzo B. Cornell, David P. Hill, Roswell P. Flower and such financiers as Vanderbilt, Pierre Lorillard, Berry Wall, William R. Travers, William M. Tweed and E. T. Stokes. Crum died in 1914. His brother, Abraham (Speck) Crum dug out an old Indian canoe for Jonathan Ramsdill of Saratoga Lake which is still on exhibit in the State Museum in Albany as one of the finest examples of Indian canoes and Indian days at Saratoga Lake, rich in Indian lore.

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Published 2:58 pm, Saturday, October 18, 2014

Skip the chips, yogurt now 'official' snack
With Gov.
Andrew Cuomo's signature on the so-called "yogurt bill" last week, that tub of the thick, creamy dairy delight now has a new "official state snack" designation.
Little wonder: Amid the Greek-style yogurt rage, New York has become the nation's top yogurt producer. Its estimated 741 million pounds in 2013 represent 15.7 percent of U.S. yogurt production.
Yes, it's a silly bit of legislation but a harmless one. Still, we're left with one nagging thought: Whither Saratoga and the potato chip?

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Please click the link below to read the entire story from Saratoga Living by David Mitchell from 7/10/14. Another great read, and a recently discovered document which suggests that the chip may have been discovered earlier than previously thought!

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Another article Debating the History of the Chip!!
Here is another example of differing opinions on the origin of the potato chip taken from an article by Gary Marshall.

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The Chip History Debate has raged on for years!
Here is another example of differing opinions on the origin of the potato chip taken from a 1972 edition of Northwest Magazine.


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Potato Chip Fun Facts….. Yep, Even Poems About Chips!

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Potato Chip Fun Facts….. A Fun Potato Chip Anecdote!

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Here is a little article from the April 1955 edition of “Chipper Magazine” with more information on the origin of the Potato Chip.

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Here is a great article from the September 1949 edition of “Chipper Magazine” outlining the history of the first Potato Chip.
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Chips & Crisps is a site dedicated to educating people the world over about "Fried Sliced Potatoes", give them a visit, you will find chip history, chip memorabilia, chip advertising, chip reviews from around the world, chip recipes, and even a US Chip Store.

Please click any of these links to learn more about the worldwide potato chip industry from our new friends from across the pond!

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By Pamela Cyran Chris Gaylord - OCTOBER 5, 2012

Taken From The Article "The 20 most fascinating accidental inventions"

Potato chips

The first potato chips were meant as an insult.

Hotel chef George Crum enjoyed a wonderful knack for cooking. From his kitchen at Moon's Lake House near Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Mr. Crum could "take anything edible and transform it into a dish fit for a king." That skill came in handy – the upscale Lake House attracted customers who were used to being treated like kings.

In 1853, a cranky guest complained about Crum's fried potatoes. They were too thick, he said. Too soggy and bland. The patron demanded a new batch.

Crum did not take this well. He decided to play a trick on the diner. The chef sliced a potato paper-thin, fried it until a fork could shatter the thing, and then purposefully over-salted his new creation. The persnickety guest will hate this, he thought. But the plan backfired. The guy loved it! He ordered a second serving.

Word of this new snack spread quickly. "Saratoga Chips" became a hit across New England, and Crum went on to open his own restaurant. Today, that accidental invention has ballooned into a massive snack industry.

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'Toga chip guy
Mark Mcguire, Right Now
Updated 10:15 am, Friday, August 17, 2012

Alan Richer's General Electric Co. biography is extensive, impressive, yet still incomplete. It makes no mention of potato chips.
By day he is a corporate tax attorney, an important and distinguished position. But not as distinguished as being the preeminent — if not the only — authority on the history of the potato chip industry in Saratoga Springs....

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By Henry J. Gomez, Northeast Ohio Media Group
on August 04, 2011 at 4:04 PM

William Tappenden was 1st potato chip purveyor: Greater Cleveland Innovations

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A restaurant in upstate New York is widely considered to be the birthplace of the potato chip. But America's favorite munchies might not have become a household and picnic staple if not for Cleveland's own William Tappenden....

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Chips, Crums and Specks of Saratoga County History
Dave Mitchell
Blog Entry

George Crum


Let me begin with something that will probably disappoint most people who read this, I don’t believe that George Crum invented the potato chip. For a full discussion of that topic please see “Saratoga Springs, New York: Birthplace of the Potato Chip” and “Saratoga Potato Chip Stories: Traditions, Myths, and Legends.”...

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As seen on NBC.

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July 17, 2014 8:01 am • By Doug Gruse

A chip by any other name

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Alan Richer likes his history a little salty.

Known locally as the “Toga Chip Guy,” Richer has immersed himself in the myths, folklore and facts surrounding America’s most beloved snack food.

Invented around 1853 in Saratoga Springs, the potato chip has grown from a regional favorite to an international sensation.

“The first general name for it was the ‘Saratoga chip.’ Eventually, it became known as the potato chip,” Richer said....

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Talk focuses on history of the potato chip
By Dennis Yusko
Posted on July 21, 2014

Alan Richer, president of Saratoga Lake Association and the “Toga Chip Guy,” will talk about the history of the potato chip at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Canfield Casino in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. Admission is free.
Richer, of Saratoga Springs, will discuss the myth, folklore and legend associated with the invention of the snack that has developed into a multi-billion dollar industry.....

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As heard on one of the Empire Broadcasting Network stations

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Origins of Potato Chips and its appeal!
August 25, 2007 by Desh Kapoor

It is amazing how small changes to make things easier creates immensely popular stuff. Potato Chips are one such thing! It might just look like a small thing.. but the world-wide sales of potato chips in 2002 was around USD 30 billion! And you would have thought that a potato chip was that useless snack? Well, it does account for around a THIRD of all Global Snack Food Market share!!

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April 23, 2008

Ohio chipper about chips
Ohio is loaded with plants big and small frying up potato chips of many styles, flavors
By Rick Armon
Beacon Journal staff writer

They're salty.
Fried and kettle-cooked.
They come in various flavors and shapes.
And Americans love them.
Since invented in 1853 by accident, potato chips have become a snack food staple — one with deep and growing roots in Ohio.

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April 23, 2008

We dig our potatoes: A whole lot of slicing and frying going on

The next time you open a bag of potato chips, before you start crunching and munching, consider that you are holding a piece of Ohio's culinary and economic history in the palm of your hand.

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August 12, 2014 4:03 pm - 50 Objects Series

Saratoga Chips Chosen As One Of The Areas Iconic Items!


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