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We're all about,
real food ingredients.

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We believe that the more care and attention we put into our products, the better they taste.

That’s why we only ever use real ingredients to give you the best taste and texture. That means no added MSG, artificial flavours or colours.  Everything is made with care by people with a real passion and enthusiasm for what they do.

Take our chips. We hunt out the best potatoes, locally grown wherever we can. Then we hand cook them with care in small batches and season with simply great tasting combinations of ingredients. And ta-da, great crunch and flavour every time.

It’s been that way for 30 years. Take a look at our journey so far.

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1853

Long ago,
before the days of
KETTLE Chips.

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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.

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1978

Cameron Healy
Founded Kettle Foods In
Salem, Oregan, USA.

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His aim was to provide high quality, naturally sourced products. Starting with nothing more than an old van and a vision, Cameron took to the road selling cheese and roasted nuts to natural food stores.

Kettle Foods was ticking over nicely, but it was the moment Cameron first sampled the delights of homemade 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.

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1987

During a
six week motorcycle
adventure...

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…Cameron and his son discovered the British love of crisps, prompting Cameron to establish Kettle Foods in the UK.

He chose Norfolk as our home, where you can still find us to this day, 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.

1989

While dining at
Norfolk Broads Restaurant
Bennigan's...

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…Cameron Healy got talking to owner and chef Chris Barnard, in whom he 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.

1997

The launch of
One of our seasoning
mainstays.

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The now classic, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar.

It wasn’t easy – the search for the perfect ingredients took us far and wide across Europe, but we’re sure you’ll agree it was worth it!

Today, we source our Balsamic Vinegar from Toschi family in Modena whose generations-old recipe helps to create our famous seasoning.

1998

Introducing of our first ever
Limited Edition.

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KETTLE® Chips Seasonal Edition, Blue Stilton & Port.

Designed to bring something extra special to Christmas, this seasoning was the first of many delicious and innovative seasonal editions, which people looked forward to year after year.

2003

We introduced our
Yummy veg chips
to the nation.

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Made using a mix of colourful root veg, cooked with care in small batches. So, what you get are naturally crunchy and deliciously tasty real veg slices of parsnip, sweet potato and beetroot, each one a little different from the last, seasoned with real food ingredients.

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2005

A busy year,
which didn't start well.

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A fire caused serious damage to the factory, but thanks to the dedication and determination of our staff, we were up and running after only a week.

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2012

We celebrated
KETTLE Chips'
30th birthday.

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To celebrate we re-introduced two of our classic seasonings for a limited period, which came out top- Sea Salt, Rosemary & Garlic and Blue Stilton & Port.

2016

Our chef extraordinaire
Chris Barnard,
hung up his apron.

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27 years later, Chris Barnard decided to retire. After a long search, we found our new chef, Phil Hovey, who was a top chef in the Norfolk restaurant scene. Before he left, Chris shared his secrets with Phil, showing him how we painstakingly source every ingredient.

As soon as Phil knew that tasting crisps was part of the job, he knew he would be here for the long term.

NOW

We're still in Norfolk
Still Experimenting
with seasonings.

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Although it’s over 30 years since we started, we’re still the UK’s favourite hand cooked brand, but don’t worry we’re always working on new and interesting ways to make our treats even more special.