Regional Potato Chip Makers of the USA (past and present) 


Source: greatlakespotatochips.com

Who doesn’t love potato chips? They are a staple of many lunches, dinners, and snacks. While there are some behemoth potato chip companies such as Frito-Lay and Pringles, fortunately there remain a number of local and regional producers.

Here’s a list of them, the city where they were founded, and years of operation. Like so many industries, there has been consolidation and some departures. Two regional players have grown to such an extent, mostly through acquisitions, that many might consider them national too – Snyder’s-Lance and Utz.

Source: virginia.org

Based on these producers, the epicenters of potato chip production include the following regions:

  • Southeast Pennsylvania: 9-10 companies depending on where you draw the line
  • Southeast Michigan: 6 companies
  • Northern Illinois: 5 companies
  • Southern California and Colorado Front Range: 4 companies

Those that are shown in italics have been sampled by the author. To date, my favorite chips are produced by Great Lakes Potato Chips, though there are many left to taste.

Source: etsy.com

My favorite potato chip brand names in alphabetical order are:

  • Barrel O’ Fun
  • Better Made
  • Broad Ripple
  • Dan Dee
  • De-Lish-Us
  • Snapz
  • Tri-Sum

Source: trisum.com

If you know of any overlooked it missing potato chip makers, past or present, please pass the info along for inclusion. Enjoy!

  • Alaska – Anchorage, AK (2003-present)
  • Amazing – Indianapolis, IN (1993-present)
  • Art & Mary’s – Cheney, KS (unknown-present)
  • Atebara/Hawaiian Island Gourmet – Hilo, HI (1936-present)
  • Bachman – Reading (Wyomissing), PA – division of Utz since 2013
  • Backer’s – Fulton MO (1931-present)
  • Ballreich’s – Tiffin, OH (1920-present)
  • Barrel O’Fun – Canton (Massillon), OH – division of Shearer’s Foods since 2016
  • Better Made – Detroit, MI (1930-present)
  • Bickel’s – York (Hanover), PA (1950s-present)- division of Hanover Foods since 1998
  • Blair’s – Jersey Shore, NJ (1989-present)
  • Bob’s Texas Style – Phoenix, AZ (1983-present) – division of Utz since 2017
  • Bop’s – Hornell, NY (2001-present)
  • Boulder Canyon – Boulder, CO (1994) – now part of Utz
  • Brim’s – Memphis (Bartlett), TN (1979-present)
  • Broad Ripple – Indianapolis, IN (2013-present)
  • Brother Kane – Atlanta, GA (unknown-2014)
  • California – Oxnard, CA (2000-2018)
  • Cape Cod – Hyannis, MA (1980-present) division of Snyder’s-Lance since 1999
  • Carolina Kettle – Raleigh, NC (2017-present)
  • Charles – Baltimore, MD though originally from Lancaster, PA (1942-present)
  • Chip Peddler – Durango, CO – current status unknown – was struck by a vehicle in 2016
  • Classic – San Francisco, CA (1923-2017?)
  • Clover Club – Salt Lake City (Clearfield), UT (1938-present) division of Tyson Foods since 2013
  • Conn’s – Zanesville, OH (1935-present)
  • Dakota Style – Clark, SD (1985-present)
  • Dan Dee – Cleveland, OH – originated in Braddock, PA (1913-present) division of Hanover Foods since 2008
  • Deep River – New London (Old Lyme), CT (2001-present)
  • De-Lish-Us – Waupaca, WI (1932-present)
  • Detroit Friends – Detroit, MI (2014-present)
  • Dieffenbach’s – Reading (Wormelsdorf), PA (1964-present)
  • Diego’s – Centennial, CO (1970s-present)
  • Dirty – Memphis, TN (1987-present) now a division of Utz
  • Doctor Dredd’s – Washington (Glen Echo), MD (status unknown)
  • Door County – Green Bay (Sister Bay), WI
  • Downey’s – Detroit (Waterford), MI (1984-present)
  • Fox Family – Houlton-Presque Isle (Blaine), ME (1990s-present)
  • Garden of Eatin’ – Boulder, CO (1970s-present)
  • Gibble’s – Hagerstown (Greencastle), PA (1959-2013, 2014-present)
  • Glenny’s – Freeport, NY (unknown-2017?)
  • Golden Flake – Birmingham, AL (1923- present)
  • Golden Fluff – Lakewood, NJ (pre-2001-present)
  • Good’s – Reading (Adamstown), PA (1886-present)
  • Great Lakes – Traverse City (Williamsburg), MI (2010-present)
  • Grippo’s – Cincinnati, OH (1919-present)
  • Guy’s – Overland Park, KS (1938-present)
  • Hartley’s – Lewistown, PA (1935-present)
  • Herr’s – Philadelphia (Nottingham), PA (1946-present)
  • Husman’s – (1919-present) Peoria, IL – a division of Pinnacle Food Group since 2009
  • Jackson’s Honest – Crested Butte, CO (2012-present)
  • Jay’s – Chicago, IL (1927-present)
  • Joe Chips – Newark (Upper Montclair), NJ (unknown-present)
  • Jones’ – Mansfield, OH (1945-present)
  • Kettle – Charlotte, NC (1982-present) – a division of Snyder’s-Lance since 2017
  • Kitchen Cooked – Farmington, IL (1930s-present)
  • Kona – Captain Cook, HI (1991-present)
  • Laurel Hill – Providence (Attleboro), MA (1965-2017)
  • Laura Scudder’s – Los Angeles (Newport Beach), CA (1925-present)
  • Lesser Evil – Danbury, CT (2004-present)
  • Madhouse Munchies – Burlington (South Burlington), VT (1996-2014)
  • Manischewitz – Newark, NJ (1888-present)
  • Martin’s – York (Thomasville), PA (1941-present)
  • Maui – Kahului, HI (1956-present)
  • McClure’s Pickles – Detroit, MI (no longer advertised on their website)
  • Michael’s – Providence (Cranston), RI (status unknown)
  • Michael Season’s (unknown-2014)
  • Middleswarth – Beavertown, PA (1942-present)
  • Mikesell’s – Dayton, OH (1910 – present)
  • Mister Bee – Parkersburg, WV (1951- present)
  • Mitchum – Charlotte, NC (1936-present)
  • Moore’s – Bristol (Abingdon), VA (1924-1989) – now part of Wise
  • Morgan Handmade Rations – Denver, CO
  • Mrs. Fisher’s – Rockford, IL (1932-present)
  • Mrs. Mikes – Rockford (Freeport), IL (1971-present)
  • Nathan’s Famous -New York City, NY (1916-present) a division of Utz since 2017
  • New York – Gainesville, NY (1943-present)
  • Nick’s – Detroit (Warren), MI (1970s-present)
  • North Fork – Long Island, NY (1970s-present)
  • Old Dutch – St. Paul, MN (1934-present)
  • Old Vienna – St. Louis, MO (1936-present)
  • Ole Salty’s – Rockford (Loves Park), IL (2012-present)
  • One Potato Two Potato – Reading (Womelsdorf), PA (1960s-present)
  • Popchips – Los Angeles (Playa Vista), CA (2007-present)
  • Poore Brothers – Phoenix, AZ (1986-present) – a division of Utz since 2017
  • Route 11 – Harrisonburg (Mount Jackson), VA (1992-present)
  • Rusty’s – Los Angeles (Balboa Island), CA (1980-present)
  • Saratoga – Saratoga Springs, NY (1853-present)
  • Seyfert’s – Fort Wayne, IN (1934-2018) division of Hanover Foods since 2008
  • Snapz – (2004-present)
  • State Line – Springfield (Wilbraham), MA (1919-present)
  • Sterzing’s – Burlington, IA (1935-present)
  • Symphony – Atlanta, GA (2015-present)
  • Terra – New York City, NY (1990-2017)
  • Terrell’s – Syracuse, NY (1961-present)
  • The Billy Goat – St. Louis, MO (2002-present)
  • Tim’s Cascade – Seattle (Auburn), WA (1986-present) – now a division of Pinnacle Foods
  • Tom’s – Columbus, GA (1925-present) – division of Snyder’s-Lance since 2005
  • Tri-Sum – Leominster, MA (1908-present)
  • Troyer Farms – Erie (Waterford), PA (unknown-2008) plant owned/operated by KLN Familty Brands since 2014
  • Uncle Ray’s – Detroit, MI (1983-present)
  • Utz – York (Hanover), PA (1921-present)
  • Vitner’s – Chicago, IL (1926-present)
  • Wise – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Berwick), PA (1921-present)
  • Zapp’s – New Orleans (Gramercy), LA (1985-present) a division of Utz since 2010

 

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