Love chips? Specifically kettle chips? Well of course you do, who doesn’t? I am so thrilled to introduce you to Josh Monahan, founder and owner of Carolina Kettle Chips. Josh started his business a couple of years ago while still in college at N.C. State University. It’s still going strong, thanks in part to his fresh, crunchy and delicious products, but also because of his refreshing entrepreneurial spirit. And it helps that he just loves chips. And I love, love, love his chips, especially his Bee Sting and Carolina Barbecue creations, crispy, crunching and so full of flavor, but more about them later.
I had so much fun interviewing Josh for the upcoming 2018 Southern Women’s Show this weekend in Raleigh (information about the show is at the end of this post). If more people his age had his passion, foresight, drive and smarts to launch a successful business, and a tasty one at that, this world would be a much, much better place. And in his case, one charitable snack at a time!
Josh Monahan graduated from N.C. State University in 2017 with a degree in Agricultural Business Management. He hails from a family with a strong presence in the snack food industry, 65 years and counting. Josh’s grandfather founded the Peanut Roaster in 1949 and his father, John, later took over the business, keeping it in the family. Growing up, Josh worked in his family’s business and always knew he wanted to continue in the snack food industry, but maybe with a different product and mission.
Dreams Come True
In his junior year at NCSU, Josh started making plans for a food company of his own. Much of his passion for this new business arose when he discovered that hunger is such a serious problem in America, and that 1 in 6 people in this country do not know where their next meal will come from. Because of that, he decided to name his company 1 in 6 Snacks. His mission was to sell great-tasting products while being able to give back to local food banks at the same time.
Josh publicized his opening by saying “I am excited to announce that 1 in 6 snacks has become a reality. My first product is Kettle Cooked Potato Chips and the brand name is Carolina Kettle. The first size that I am offering is a 2-ounce bag. For each of these bags sold, 1 in 6 snacks will donate 5 cents to your local Food Bank. I need your help to spread the word.”
At the time of our interview, Carolina Kettle Chips offers these six flavors: Outer Banks Sea Salt, Jalapeno Queso, Bee Sting Honey Sriracha, East Carolina BBQ, Southern Twang Salt and Vinegar, and Dill Pickle.
They come in 2 oz. and 5 oz. bags, or you can create gift baskets or packs with a mixture of the flavors.
Carolina Kettle chips are cooked in 100% sunflower oil. They do not contain preservatives, trans fat, or MSG; are gluten free and nut free; and are certified Kosher.
When I asked Josh what his biggest challenge(s) were to get Carolina Kettle up and running, he noted that that it was striking a balance between his coursework at State and trying to stay organized to open his new business.
And when asked what his biggest challenges are now, his response was to find enough time in the day to get everything done. Luckily, his sister and business partner, Jacey, who is also an NCSU student (majoring in textiles), helps him with Carolina Kettle’s marketing efforts, especially with its social media platforms.
Josh wants to continue to develop and add new flavors to his current line of chips and expand his presence in new markets. He is considering offering different snacks, such as pretzels. And of course, he would like to add new customers to his growing list of faithful Carolina Kettle Chip devotees.
Josh’s chips are available locally in specialty food stores and delis. Or head over to his recently opened store located at 5205 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, across from the State Fair grounds.
Thank you Josh, especially for keeping your business in Raleigh and giving back to the community. I can’t wait to see what’s next for you and I’m sure your growing list of followers agree!
The 2018 Southern Women’s Show
Josh participated in the Southern Women’s show in 2017 and is thrilled to be back this year. Please stop by and sample some (or all) of his chips, and decide which ones are your favorites. And remember, for each bag purchased, a portion of the price goes back to local food banks, which is a win-win for all!
- The Southern Women’s Show Raleigh takes place Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15 at the NC State Fairgrounds.
- This year’s celebrity guests are Vern Yip from TLC’s Trading Spaces and Savannah Chrisley from USA’s Chrisley Knows Best.
- The Southern Women’s Show is Triangle’s favorite event for women with hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty and so much more.
- Tickets start around $10, and can be purchased at the door or online at the following link: https://southernshows.com/wra/tickets/.
Eat, drink and be merry!
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