From Spud To Your Taste Buds: How Frito-Lay Chips Are Made

As your finger rustles around in the bottom of the bag for that last, delightful chip, perhaps you would like to learn about where your Frito-Lays snack is coming from, eh? Even if you’re not curious, we’re about to tell you.

It seems like things are pretty rosy at the Frito-Lays plant in Killingly, Conn., which services the area from the tip of Maine down to the tip of New Jersey, Fortune reports.

Lays, Ruffles, Fritos, Doritos, Smartfood, Santitas and Tostitos are produced there to the tune of 150 million pounds of chips per year, which breaks down to 21,500 pounds per hour. It takes about four pounds of whole potatoes to make a pound of finished chips.

While all this spud metamorphosis is going on, the plant says it’s also trying to minimize the impact on the environment, using natural gas and turbines to power their fryers and creating all the electricity they use. All organic waste is sent to farms for feed, and they say they’re preventing 65 million tons of CO2 from going into the system.

CHeck out the video below:

How Frito-Lay makes potato chips [Fortune]

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