Great tasting, all natural, better-for-you snacks.
Celebrating Potato Chip Perfection Since 1982
It all began with a vision and a van - a vision to fuse the natural with the savory, to create a great tasting, wholesome product everyone would fall in love with, and a beat-up van that would become the very first Kettle Foods delivery truck.
It seems like only yesterday that we crunched our first golden chip. We had already been making roasted nuts and other natural goodies for a few years when, on that fateful day in 1982, we perfected the very first bags of Kettle Brand potato chips. We probably should have kept them around to put in a display case someday, but they were just too darned good. Needless to say, an obsession was born. From that very first day, though, a single philosophy has guided us. Use only the freshest, all-natural ingredients to create intensely flavored, wonderfully craveable potato chips you can feel good about eating.
Over the years, we’ve carefully added new flavors, and even expanded our line to include the Krinkle Cut variety, Kettle Brand Tortilla Chips and Kettle Brand Baked Potato Chips, creating entire new categories for our fans to love.
Today, as we look back on those humble beginnings, we’re sincerely grateful to all the loyal fans that have made Kettle Brand® potato chips a part of their snacking life. And, on behalf of the over 700 employees around the world that help get our products off to market, we say “Thank you.” Here’s to the chip!
Biodiesel from Potato Chip Production
At Kettle Brand, we consciously use the healthiest sunflower and safflower oils, which is why we think it's fitting that we run a growing fleet of company vehicles on distilled vegetable oil, known as biodiesel. In fact, 100% of the waste vegetable oil from our production process is converted into biodiesel. This rich nectar that we like to call "Flower Power" is a natural alternative to petroleum diesel fuel. Its use benefits all of us by saving as much as 8 tons in CO2 emissions every year.
On average, for every 7,600 bags of Kettle Brand potato chips we produce, we create one gallon of waste vegetable oil. This waste vegetable oil is stored in a tank and, when enough accumulates, it is picked up and taken to a biodiesel production facility. That facility can make one gallon of 100% biodiesel for every gallon of waste oil we give them. 100% biodiesel can be used in any diesel engine, like in our fleet of bio-beetles!
Packaging of Kettle Chips
Part of our commitment to the environment includes taking a close look at how we package our products. Our packaging has traditionally been made up of several layers for protection from heat, light and air. But by removing the paper layer of our chip bags, we’ve reduced the material of the bag by 20%, saving over 22,000 trees annually and preventing over 450,000 pounds of packaging from going into landfills each year.
We’d love to one day make our packaging even more sustainable, like we’ve done in nearly every other part of our business. Currently, though, there are no packaging materials on the market that meet our high standards for protecting the quality and freshness of our product all the way to your favorite chip bowl. However, we are continually on the lookout for recyclable, compostable or biodegradable materials that can be incorporated into our bags. As technological advances allow for more sustainable packaging choices that work for us, we hope to be on the leading edge of those exciting trends as well.
Kettle Chips Community Giving
Like our potatoes, our community giving has roots. Since the early days back in 1978, we’ve looked for ways to help our neighbors. Today, we donate money, product and time to local organizations. Our efforts begin at the grassroots level - from donating chips for fundraising events at local schools to volunteering our time at area non-profits. Plus, every year we give more than 175,000 pounds of potatoes to local hunger relief agencies and Kettle Brand products to schools and organizations such as The Wetlands Conservancy and the National Wildlife Federation. We call it chipping in.