Lincolnshire farmer Alex Albone started Pipers Crisps in 2004 with only 2 boxes of chips. His intention was to create flavors that showcased the talents of local foodmakers to be sold at local neighborhood shops and pubs. Today, he produces over 75000 bags a week, but still only sells locally. In Alex's own words, "I'd rather sell to the village shop where you buy your daily newspaper; the café where you pick up your morning cup of coffee; the sandwich bar where you buy your lunch and the pub you head to for a pint in the evening. Those small, independent businesses are passionate about what they sell."
Piper's Crisps still works with neighboring farmers to create sublimely crunchy potato chips with tons of flavor. They hand select the best locally grown potatoes, remove just a little of the skin, and slice them thick before batch cooking them in pure sunflower oil. The flavors feature local ingredients: chillies from Bedfordshire, cider brandy from Somerset, cheese turned by hand in the Mendip Hills. Try them all!