Update 2/25/10 Kettle Foods has been purchased by Diamond Foods for $615 million. Read the press release.
One of Salem's big businesses is so huge, it's known all over the country. Kettle is considered to be the biggest natural potato chip brand in the United States. In conversations with friends and relatives from other states, it's hard not to mention Kettle Chips when describing Salem. Most people have had a bag of Kettle Chips as a side to a sandwich at sometime in their lives. They are located on Kettle Ct. SE just off State St.
They make a variety of chips including some that are baked. I think of them as a reduced guilt snack. The oil used in making the product is reused as biodiesel and the plant is powered with the help of solar panels and wind power. As far as nutritional values, a serving of the Krinkle Cut, Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper chips is comparable to the Lay's brand classic potato chip. A reduced fat option is the Baked, Lightly Salted. When ordering a bag of these fried potatoes, I recommend getting something to drink with it. They are pretty salty and after a few munches, your mouth will be demanding a wash down with a cool liquid. So, no matter where you find yourself in your travels, you can always support the local Salem economy by choosing a brand that employs our friends and neighbors here in Oregon's capitol city.