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Great Lakes Potato Chips Company wins at Crain’s Food Summit

Detroit – Great Lakes Potato Chip Company announces their win at the inaugural Crain’s Food Summit, held August 22nd in Detroit. The idea for the pitch competition came out of planning for a food economy summit held by Crain’s Detroit Business.

More than 100 companies applied for the opportunity to pitch in the contest and just a dozen were selected.

 “We were proud to be selected as one of four finalists in the Growth Companies Category. We faced some really good companies, but in the end we were voted as the #1 company that the judges would invest in,” said Ed Girrbach, co-owner of Great Lakes Potato Chips.

 Great Lakes Potato Chips produces skin-on kettle chips in a variety of flavors and tortilla chips. The company, founded in 2010, started with just $60,000 in sales the first year and has grown to $3 million in sales predicted for 2016. The chips are currently distributed in six states, but more growth is predicted for 2017.

 “Even though we have been in the food business for over 10 years, it was eye opening to learn more about all the great food and innovations that are being developed in our state. One thing is for sure, the Food Economy in Michigan is alive and well,” said Girrbach.

 In addition to winning the Crain’s Food Summit, Great Lakes Potato Chip Company was honored in 2014 by being selected one of the “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” by the Michigan Celebrates Small Business Organization. In 2015 they were named “Best Kettle Chip” by the Chicago Tribune and in 2016 received two “Gold Ribbon” awards for Best Kettle Chip and Best Tortilla Chip at the national Chip Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York.

 Great Lakes Potato Chips continue to keep their brand promise of “A great tasting chip in every bag, every time.” All products are produced as simply and naturally as possible, allowing for customers to “Snack Happy” with quality gluten free offerings.

 Find Great Lakes Potato Chip Company on line at www.greatlakespotatochips.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GreatLakesChips.