Carrie Rengers

Something is going on with Art’s & Mary’s Tater Chips, but what?

Art’s & Mary’s Tater Chips are missing from Wichita-area stores. The company says it “is in the process of making some placement modifications.”
Art’s & Mary’s Tater Chips are missing from Wichita-area stores. The company says it “is in the process of making some placement modifications.” The Wichita Eagle

Something is going on with the popular Art’s & Mary’s Tater Chips, but the company isn’t fully explaining it.

Readers have contacted Have You Heard? to ask why they can’t find the chips in grocery stores right now.

After several calls over the course of about a week, Art’s & Mary’s vice president Emily France-Jensen replied via e-mail late Monday morning.

“Art’s & Mary’s is in the process of making some placement modifications. There have been no other modifications. We will keep you posted as we have updates. We appreciate the patience of all our loyal customers during this time.”

France-Jensen didn’t immediately respond to a request for a follow-up phone interview.

In spring 2016, John France, who is France-Jensen’s father, and his family purchased the assets of what was then called Art’s & Mary’s Homestyle Tater Chips from Albers Development, including the recipe and trademark for Art’s & Mary’s and a distribution business that distributes the chips and other food products.

A previous incarnation of Art’s & Mary’s stopped production in 1996. Albers reintroduced the product in 1999 in just a few Wichita stores. At the time of Albers’ sale, there was statewide distribution, and the partners planned to go beyond Kansas as well.

The chips are made in Minnesota.

Look for more information as it becomes available.

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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