Not to go all serious on you, but when it comes to our snacks, we do like to tell it how it is.

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.

1853

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.

1978

with the aim of providing 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.

1987

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

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.

1997

– 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!

1998

KETTLE® Chips Seasonal Edition, Blue Stilton & Port.

Only in shops from October to December, this new seasoning was an instant hit.

2003

2005

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

2012

since its launch in the US by re-introducing Sea Salt, Rosemary & Garlic and Blue Stilton & Port for a limited period.

These are two of our classic seasonings which came out top in a consumer online poll.

2016

since 1989, hung up his apron and retired to much sadness and a whole lot of cake (we don’t just eat KETTLE® Chips, honest).

Don’t worry – before he left, Chris taught new chef Phil all the best tricks, showing him how we painstakingly source every last ingredient. We decided we liked Phil and that he was allowed to stay.

now

(check out our Discoveries range!) and still hand cooking our potato chips in the same way we have been since 1988.

Still making Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar KETTLE® Chips, because we know what you’d do to us if we stopped.