MEET THE MAKERS: Harbite Chips
Hardbite Chips craft great tasting natural snacks that inspire people to go beyond.
Owner Pete Schouten had a long background in the farming industry. In 1993 he invested in Heppell's Potato Corp and in 2011 he developed a unique plan for the company.
Former Nalley’s potato chip employees started Hardbite in 1998 when the American company left B.C. for lower-cost production areas. Seth Amsler of Sepp’s Fine Foods stepped in a few years later. Pete Schouten and partner Kirk Homenick bought the company in 2011. Pete thought it would be a good way to use the second-grade potatoes he harvested from his fields.
Hardbite is focused on handcrafting all-natural chips that the founders thought were just as tasty as the big brands without any artificial flavours or preservatives. They experimented with cooking them just enough to create a satisfying crunch and then went the extra mile to get the taste and flavour profiles just right.
At every stage, they strive to create the best natural chip they possibly could, using the highest quality potatoes from local farmers.
Best of all, Harbite Chips are peanut-free, nut-free, gluten-free, trans-fat free, no cholesterol