They said we couldn't make a chip with Alaska potatoes, so we did.
Ralph and Darcy Carney
The story of the Alaska Chip Company begins with an idea that hatched on a beach in Hawaii in 2002. While sharing a bag of chips on vacation, Ralph and Darcy Carney came up with the idea to make an all-natural potato chip in Alaska, using Alaska grown potatoes.
Upon returning to Alaska, the Carneys built a potato chip testing lab in their garage and at the same time began working on a business plan. While perfecting how to make the best chip, they were busy making contacts with local potato growers, grocery stores, marketing companies, and suppliers to develop a supply chain for their products.
In early 2003 the Carneys put their plan into action and began work on setting up a factory at 144 East Potter Drive in Anchorage Alaska. In July of 2003 the Alaska Chip Company officially began production by making the Alaska Chip - lightly salted, and the Grizzly Chip – barbecue, in 5 oz bags. These delicious products were distributed to grocery stores, gift ships and convenience stores throughout the state and quickly became a big hit.
The company has expanded its potato chip line to include 4 flavors of chips; Alaska Chip – Lightly Salted, Grizzly Chip – Barbecue, Chilkoot Chip – Sour Cream & Chive, and Volcano Chip - Jalapeno. These chips are available in both a 5 oz bag and 1 oz single serving size bag, and will soon add an 11.5 oz family size bag. In 2008 the Alaska Chip Company expanded their product line to include popcorn. The company produces popcorn using all-natural ingredients and is available in four flavors; Buttered, Cheese, Lightly Salted, and Kettle Corn.
After 15 years of production Alaska Chip Company has become a solid local manufacturer of high quality gourmet snack products that are sold in nearly every category and store that sells snack foods in Alaska. The Alaska Chip Company continues to grow and is always looking for new products and new markets, both inside and outside of Alaska.