Hawaii Island Gourmet and Atebara Chips has been making chips locally here in Hawaii since 1936. We are Hawaii’s first chip company and are also responsible for producing the first Taro Chip (a smart business decision by the the company founder, Mr. Atebara, when all of the potatoes disappeared due to WWII). We began making sweet potato chips soon after.
Over the years we have always focused on being local and sustainable. Our methods in dealing local help support our community and farmers, and are also responsible for the freshness and delicious quality of our chips. Today, I would like to explain this process by introducing you to one of our sweet potato farmers, Tom.
Tom (in the picture above with Hawaii Island Gourmet Manager, Avis) and his family have been farming here on the Big Island for over 6 years. His company, Big Island Ag Products LLC primarily grows sweet potatoes and ginger. When I ask him what he likes about farming he states, “Our family loves farming. The thought of growing something that people like is just fantastic.”
Tom’s love of farming produces great sweet potatoes. The first important step in delicious sweet potato chips.
The second step is to make sure that the sweet potatoes are as fresh as possible. We work with Tom on a weekly basis so that his delicious sweet potatoes are brought to our shop as soon as they are pulled from the ground.
Once they are pulled, they also have a very short trip. Tom’s farm is located just 20 minutes from our factory.
Our sweet potato “cookings” are scheduled with Tom’s deliveries to create the freshest sweet potato chips. We begin turning sweet potatoes into sweet potato chips when the sweet potatoes are the freshest. The final step.
The ability to go from farm to factory in the same day has two great outcomes.
- The freshest sweet potatoes make the best tasting chips.
- Our chips don’t require any additives or preservatives, making them a healthier choice.
Our relationship with Tom and our “Farm to Factory” process allows our chips to be fresher, better tasting and more healthy.
We are proud to support our community by making our sweet potato chips and taro chips from locally farmed produce.
Give our locally made chips a try and taste the difference.
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