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Key Individuals & Companies That Were Instrumental In Forging The Potato Chip Industry

HARVEY F. NOSS
1895 - 1974
CORNERSTONE OF THE POTATO CHIP INDUSTRY
Founder of The Num Num Potato Chip and Pretzel
Company / O*KE*DOKE Popcorn along with
The Snack Food Association

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THE WILLIAMS
POTATO CHIP COMPANY

Established circa 1920
Grew The Saratoga Chip Business throughout the northwest. Founded by Betsy “Bettie” (Seely) Williams

Please click here or the photos below to learn more about how the Williams Potato Chip Company grew in the early 1900’s.

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THE DAN DEE PRETZEL & POTATO CHIP CO.
Established circa 1913
The Dan Dee pretzel & Potato Chip company was a family run snack food business that sold it’s products throughout New York, Ohio, Western PA, & West Virginia.

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BALLREICH’S
POTATO CHIP CO.

Established 1920
The Ballreich Potato Chip company was founded in 1920 by Fred Ballreich and is still a thriving business today, it’s distribution area is 31 counties in northwest Ohio.

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BETTER MADE
SNACK FOOD CO

Established 1930
The Better Made Snackfood Company is the last of it’s kind standing in Detroit MI.

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“MIKE-SELL’S”
POTATO CHIP CO.

Established 1910
“Mike-Sell’s” is the oldest multi-state potato chip company in the US.
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JAY’S
POTATO CHIPS

Established Circa 1924
Founded in Chicagoland by Leonard Japp. He is renowned for taking on Proctor & Gamble and succeeding with the Jay’s Brand.
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LAY’s
POTATO CHIPS

Established 1932
Lay's is the brand name for a number of potato chip varieties as well as the name of the company that founded the chip brand in the U.S. in 1932. Lay's has been owned by PepsiCo since 1965.
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WISE FOODS
Established 1921

Wise Foods, Inc. is a company based in Berwick, Pennsylvania, that makes snacks and sells them through retail food outlets in 15 eastern seaboard states, as well as Vermont, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. Best known for its several varieties of potato chips.

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FRITO-LAY
Established 1961

Frito-Lay began in the early 1930s as two separate companies, The Frito Company and H.W. Lay & Company, which merged in 1961 to form Frito-Lay, Inc. Four years later in 1965, Frito-Lay, Inc. merged with the Pepsi-Cola Company, resulting in the formation of PepsiCo.

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KING COLE POTATO CHIPS
Established mid 1900’s

King Cole potato ships started in South Portland Maine. One of the founders, Norman Cole, left King Cole and started the Hupty Dumpty Potato Chip Company.



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KITTY CLOVER POTATO CHIPS
Established mid 1900’s

It was just at the end of the Depression; he was 18 and could not get a job. He bought a defunct company with the logo; a witch’s cauldron sized copper pot, a case of printed bags, a stapler and a hand potato peeler for $150. He pealed, sliced, cooked, bagged and delivered the bags himself. Nobody knew what potato chips were at that time. He could not sell them so he placed them on consignment by walking to all the local restaurants, bars, theaters etc.


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MISCELLANEOUS OTHER INFLUENTIAL CHIP COMPANIES
While the above companies are clearly influential cornerstones in the Potato Chip Industry, those mentioned in the following articles also have had a hand in it’s growth.
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UTZ
QUALITY FOODS
Established 1921
Based in Hanover, Pennsylvania, is the largest independent privately held snack brand in the United States. The company was founded in 1921 and distributes a variety of potato chips and other snack foods throughout the United States.
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CAIN’S MARCELLE POTATO CHIP COMPANY
Established 1936

Cain's Marcelle Potato Chip Co., Inc. operated in Bowling Green from 1936 until 1977. Company founder Emerson Cain is credited with coining the term “marcelled” to describe their unique type of thick, wavy-cut potato chips, now a popular style out of northwest Ohio. Cain also patented the automatic salting machine in 1953, further improving the production of snack foods.

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LAURA SCUDDER’S
Established 1926

It was 1926, in Monterey Park, California where LAURA SCUDDER created the first sealed bag of potato chips. Thus, forever changing the way potato chips were sold.

In 1987, Laura Scudder Inc. was sold to Borden, Inc. for $100 million.

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NALLEY’S POTATO CHIPS
Established 1918

Nalley's was founded in 1918 by a 28-year-old Chef living in Tacoma. Starting with thinly sliced potatoes called "Saratoga Chips", Marcus Nalley spent 44 years of his life becoming a household name. His potato chips were so popular, Nalley decided to open up a plant where he could produce them in greater quantity, as well as produce his own brands of mayonnaise and maple syrup…..



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