Report: One of Cincinnati’s favorite chip brands has been discontinued

Production of Husman’s chips is reportedly being discontinued.

Report: One of Cincinnati’s favorite chip brands has been discontinued
Husman's chips celebrated their 95th anniversary in 2014 (Kaila Busken/The Enquirer) (Source: Kaila Busken)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A long-running Cincinnati snack brand will soon be no more.

The Cincinnati Business Courier reports Husman’s snack food brand is being “phased out,” with confirmation coming from Pennsylvania-based Utz Brands.

Utz purchased Husman’s in October 2019, according to the Courier report.

An Utz spokesperson reportedly told the Courier that since the purchase, the Husman’s brand has been “steadily declining in what is an extremely competitive snack food category.”

The brand got its start in 1919, when, having learned Cincinnati grocery stores were having trouble keeping out-of-town brands in stock, salesman Harry Husman started making potato chips at home.

By 1958, after installing a second automatic fryer at its Laurel Street plant, the company was able to turn out 1,600 lbs. of product an hour across four packaging lines.

Red tubs of Husman’s potato chips were a mainstay in Cincinnati through the 1970′s.

The brand shifted manufacturing out of Cincinnati in 2003, according to the Courier.

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