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Jacksons sweet potato chips on vibratory conveyor

Sweet Potato Kettle Chips Processor Adding Two High-Speed Lines in Plant Expansion

Sept. 29, 2023
Jackson’s expansion will nearly triple production capacity at its Muskego, Wis., processing plant, which is less than two years old.
Muskego, Wis.-based sweet potato chips manufacturer Jackson’s has embarked upon a plant expansion that will nearly triple production capacity and add 10,000 square feet of manufacturing space to the company’s plant.

Jackson’s manufactures kettle-cooked sweet potato chips made only in premium avocado oil and will add two new high-capacity kettles and two additional high-speed packaging lines and seasoning systems. The expansion will allow the company to produce four different products simultaneously.

The addition of the two kettle lines means the company will process nearly one million pounds of heirloom Beauregard and Covington sweet potatoes per week at the facility. The Jackson’s plant opened less than two years ago, and according to the company, it is believed to be the first of its kind dedicated to only making sweet potato kettle chips cooked in premium oils.

In June 2023, Jackson’s added a second full-time production shift and added overtime as well in order to meet customer demand. The expansion began in late August and is scheduled to be completed in early November, the company said.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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