As Tim’s Cascade Snacks enters its 30th year anniversary, the company honors its Seattle history and its local connections making snacks originating from local farms.
To celebrate Tim’s is giving away 30 prize packages through its website. They are also creating a celebratory chip batch, designing commemorative packages and pulling out the stops as National Potato Lovers Month blends with National Snack Food Month this February. Fans will be happy to know that the company plans to release new flavors during the year-long anniversary celebration.
It all started in 1986 when Tim Kennedy and his family opened a makeshift 15,000 square foot facility in Auburn, stocking it with used equipment and a lot of muscle, hand stirring small batches of thick sliced potatoes in kettles, hand spicing and packaging them in the Tim’s signature red and white striped bag.
Tim himself went out to local convenience stores, handing out samples, and it wasn’t long before the cult-like following clamored for new flavors. The snack line expanded to Hawaiian Kettle Style Potato Chips and Onion Rings and Erin’s All Natural Popcorn in addition to Tim’s Original Cascade Style Potato Chips.
Flavor fans rewarded Tim’s in 1988 with the title of “the best potato chip in Seattle”. Tim’s accolades continue to roll in from Esquire Magazine and The American Culinary Institute and fan mail from people all over the world.
Company officials peg the partnerships with local growers as key to the snacks success and its hallmark fresh flavors. Tim’s snacks are made fresh going from farm to tin in less than two hours. Three local growers have been providing Tim’s with tasty local potatoes for more than 25 years.
Today, Tim’s snacks are produced in the modern Algona, Washington facility by more than 85 dedicated employees.
In addition to making top chips, Tim’s is a top employer. The company was named one of “Washington’s Best Companies To Work For” in 2008 and receiving the 2011 Award for Better Workplace form the Association of Washington Business. The Association of Washington Business honored Tim’s for outstanding workplace practices in 2003 and 2004.
Even before environmental practices were part of day-to-day business, Tim’s Cascade Snacks used less, reused more and recycled. Since 1986 Tim’s believes it is the only way to do business. As a result, the company was named tops in water conservation and packaging reduction in addition to earning a ten year continuing Environmental Commitment Award. The company’s ongoing Green Team, established more than 15 years ago, continues to sleuth out efficiencies in the production process.
During the Seattle Wine and Food Experience Sunday, February 21 Tim’s will be showcasing its special 30th anniversary batch chips. Founder Tim Kennedy will be on hand to autograph bags of chips and reminisce with attendees.