Hartford: New England’s Tortilla Chip Capital

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Turns out that “Hartford Has It” — tortilla chips, at least.

Our colleague Brian Dowling bring us this story on Hartford’s own tortilla chip factory just in time for Super Bowl Sunday. Severance Foods, Dowling reports, is the only tortilla chip maker in New England. They’ve been pretty busy lately. (Click here for photos.)

Behind the scenes, Severance has spent years filling orders for some of the nation’s largest tortilla chip brands. The Hartford company makes all the Green Mountain Gringo tortilla chips sold east of the Rocky Mountains. It does Trader Joes tortilla chips for the entire eastern United States. It’s the national supplier for a number of Way Better Snacks’ chips. Newer brands like Late July Organic and Food Should Taste Good also come from the fryers at Severance Foods, where more than 80 people work.

More than a few reporters and editors were chomping on chips today in the newsroom.

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