Seasoning Our Story so far
1853Long ago, before the days of KETTLE® Chips, the very first potato chips were created in Saratoga Springs, New York, by Moon Lake House chef George Crum. Frustrated by a customer rejecting his fries for being "too thick", the chef reacted by frying paper-thin slices of potato to make them impossible to eat with a fork. To Crum's surprise, the customer was delighted with his accidental invention and word of this delicious new discovery soon spread.
1978Cameron Healy founded Kettle Foods in Salem, Oregon, USA with the aim of providing high quality, naturally sourced products. Starting with nothing more than an old van and a vision to make great tasting less processed foods, Cameron took to the road selling cheese and roasted nuts to natural food stores.
1982Kettle Foods was ticking over nicely, but it was the moment Cameron first sampled the delights of home-made potato chips on a Hawaiian beach that changed everything. Once home, he immediately began experimenting with traditional chip production methods. It took a while to perfect the process but soon KETTLE® Chips was born.
1987While on a six week motorcycle adventure through Europe, Cameron and his son discovered the British love of crisps, prompting him to establish Kettle Foods in the UK.
1988Kettle Foods is launched! We chose Norfolk as our home in order to be as close as possible to many of our potato growers. Our first home was actually the corner of an old converted shoe factory in Norwich, ... and so from humble beginnings the first KETTLE® Chips were produced in the UK.
1989While dining at Norfolk Broads restaurant Bennigan's, Cameron Healy got talking to owner and chef Chris Barnard and, in him, recognised a true passion for authentic foods and ingredients. Sharing Cameron's vision, Chris soon packed up his utensils and recipe books to join us in setting-up the UK branch of Kettle Foods.
Ever since then Chris has put his considerable talents and experience into coming up with all our recipes, as well as painstakingly sourcing every last ingredient.
1993 We decided to start sharing our great tasting chips with our European neighbours through selected premium food importers and distributors.
1997 One of our most popular seasonings - the now classic Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar - was launched.
1998Christmas saw the launch of the first ever KETTLE® Chips Seasonal Edition, Blue Stilton & Port. Only in shops from October to December, this new seasoning was an instant hit and is still fondly remembered by KETTLE® Chip devotees.
1999 Spurred on by the success of Blue Stilton & Port we decided to make seasonal editions a regular thing, launching New Season Potatoes with Butter & Mint in the summer of 1999. This was followed by the welcome return of Blue Stilton & Port in time for Christmas, which also netted us a Gold in the Great Taste Awards.
2002 A decade after Kettle Foods Ltd first started expanding into Continental Europe, the brand can now be found at premium retailers in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Malta and Portugal. Beyond Europe, KETTLE® Chips has now also spread to Canada, the Caribbean, Singapore and a number of other territories across the globe. And the list is growing!
2004 Due to the increasing popularity of our chips we launched a special range for Europe including new seasonings such as Sea Salt, Rosemary & Garlic. The packs all feature many European languages.
2007 The first European website is launched. We wanted our consumers to be able to tell us what they thought, and to find out more about us and what we do, so www.kettlechips.eu was born!
2008 A good year for us; KETTLE® Chips are available in more outlets in Europe than ever before, meaning more and more people can enjoy our delicious hand cooked chips!
2009 KETTLE® Chips are now available in nearly 20 countries across Europe and the Middle East!
2010 We wanted to share our latest news with you as we have recently been acquired by Diamond Foods from the US. Diamond manufacture and sell culinary nuts and snacks; if you have ever visited the US you may have even seen some of their brands: Emerald® snack nuts and Pop Secret® microwave popcorn.
We are really excited about our future with Diamond as we share the same passion for making great tasting, quality products.