If you grew up here like I did I don't need to tell you we love potato chips. At one time there were over 40 companies in the Detroit making potato chips. Names from the past include New Era, Everkrisp, Krun-Chee, Mello Crisp, Wolverine, Vita-Boy and Better Made. The only chip company from the list that's still alive and well today and established 1930 is Better Made.

There's a really interesting book titled 'Better Made in Michigan: The Salty Story of Detroit’s Best Chip' that was published a few years ago. You can learn the history of the company, how they make their chips and how large the potato chip industry is today.

Michigan is the U.S.A.'s #1 producer of potato chip potatoes. There are over 70 potato farms in the state that have an annual crop of more than 1.87 billion pounds with 70% used to make chips. The almighty potato chip brings in over $550 million to Michigan's economy. Potato chips are popular worldwide with yearly revenues of over $15 billion a year.

Source: crainsdetroit.com