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Poore Brothers Brothers Don and Jay Poore had worked on potato chip packaging equipment and thought they would strike out on their own While servicing packaging machines in Pennsylvania Don and Jay had met a gentleman who knew a lot about making potato chips in small kettles One Batch at a Time and he helped them get started By cutting their chips a little thicker and cooking them in kettles their product had a serious crunch that no other chip had In 1983 they started a small chip manufacturing operation outside of Houston with a brand called Groffs of Texas They sold their Texas business after a few years and decided to move to the Valley of the Sun In 1986 the brothers founded Poore Brothers in Goodyear Arizona They started with one kettle one delivery truck and one store that sold their chips Mayfair across from the Wigwam They didnt have a marketing budget so they relied on sampling and word of mouth advertisement It wasnt long before the large grocery stores in the valley began to authorize sale of their products It was also right around this time they had a couple of bold flavors that were real winners Salt Vinegar and Jalapeo Soon all of Arizona could buy their products In order to serve all their Arizona customers they started a distribution company Today Poore Brothers Distributing is the premier snack food distributor in the State of Arizona It was only a matter of time until the products found their way across the Arizona border into California and other states Eventually Don and Jay licensed the brand and manufacturing process to companies in Minnesota and Tennessee In the early 1990s the snack food business began to change with the addition of low fat and baked snack products So they changed too They began cooking their product in Sunflower Oil This oil is low in saturated fat and tastes just as good
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