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US Chip Sector Weighs Funding Expansion

 United States Potato Board
March 10, 2010
During late January, the United States Potato Board (USPB) Chip Committee held a conference call with chip processors to gauge their interest in funding an expansion of the material development program to fast track the breeding of new chip-stock potato varieties. On the call were several of the larger regional processors: Utz, Herrs, Shearers, Kettle, Lance, Inventure Group and Better Made. Others were invited, but were unable to attend.

“The feedback from this call is that the processors are fairly unanimous in wanting to provide additional funding to expand our current material development program,” said David Parish, President of AIS Consulting, LLC and USPB Chip Program Manager. “An information deck on the program will be necessary before a formal commitment will be made.

“There are many details to be worked out, but it looks like we are getting a united message from the industry that we are going to have the first fully collaborative effort where we have the industry, processor and suppliers all working together and funding a program that will truly make the chip industry unique.”

Parish has already worked with all of the USPB Chip Committee cooperators in putting together a deck defining the new program, funding requirements, and desired outcomes. This will be available for the Committee and the processors.
Companies in this Article
Better made snack food company is a smaller manufacturer of Potato Chips and other savory snacks in Michigan, United States.
Potatoes USA - until recently named the United States Potato Board (USPB) - is the nation’s potato marketing organization. Potatoes USA is the central organizing force in implementing programs that will increase demand for potatoes.
Utz Snacks is the largest independent privately held snack brand in the US. Weekly, Utz produces over 1 million pound of potato chips and nine hunderd thousand pounds of pretzels in 4 manufacturing facilities.
Herr Foods (Herr's) is a family run Snack Food business with distribution throughout most of the eastern United States 
Shearer's Foods Inc. is a manufacturer of regular and kettle style potato chips in the United States as well as a range of savory snacks. Shearer's food has manufacturing plants in Ohio and Texas.
Kettle Foods Inc. is the manufacturer of Kettle Brand Potato Chips. The company was founded in 1978 in Salem (Oregon). In 1988 production was started in Norwich in the United Kingdom.
Lance Inc merged with Snyder's of Hanover, Inc to become Snyder's - Lance The merger was announced in July 2010 and completed in December of 2010.
Inventure Foods (formerly known as The Inventure Group) is a US manufacturer producing a range of savory snack foods.