Better Made in Michigan: The Salty Story of Detroit's Best Chip

Better Made in Michigan: The Salty Story of Detroit's Best Chip

by Karen Dybis


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For many, Detroit is the crunch capital of the world. More than forty local chip companies once fed the Motor City's never-ending appetite for salty snacks, including New Era, Everkrisp, Krun-Chee, Mello Crisp, Wolverine and Vita-Boy. Only Better Made remains. From the start, the brand was known for light, crisp chips that were near to perfection. Discover how Better Made came to be, how its chips are made and how competition has shaped the industry into what it is today. Bite into the flavorful history of Michigan's most iconic chip as author Karen Dybis explores how Detroit "chipreneurs" rose from garage-based businesses to become snack food royalty.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626199859
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 08/17/2015
Series: American Palate
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,204,669
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Michigan native Karen Dybis is a metro Detroit writer who has blogged for Time magazine, worked the business desk at the Detroit News and jumped on breaking stories for publications including Corp! magazine, Detroit Unspun and Agence France-Presse newswire. She is the author of The Ford-Wyoming Drive-In: Cars, Candy & Canoodling in the Motor City. Karen's favorite Better Made flavor is the Garlic Dill Pickle Krinkle Cut potato chips.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Prologue: Oil, Salt and Potatoes 9

1 Potato Peddlers 11

2 Seeds of Growth 25

3 Guaranteed Quality 41

4 The Ringmasters 57

5 The Dream Team 73

6 Balance of Power 85

7 The Worst Deal 97

8 Young, Hungry People 107

9 Fierce Competition 117

10 City Pride 127

Epilogue: To Be the Best 137

Selected Bibliography 139

Index 141

About the Author 143

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