Address: 14245 Birwood Street, Detroit, Michigan 48238, USA
Phone: 800 800 3286
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'Uncle Ray' Jenkins started his Chips company 1965 by selling his products out of the back seat of his Dodge Dart.
This sales technique obviously served Ray well because in 1967, he bought 'Cabana,' a pork skins manufacturer, for $1,200 and began selling extruded corn and cheese products. Just two years later and still operating under the name 'Cabana', Ray purchased a 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) facility in Dearborn, Michigan to take on increasing demand for his products.
By 1983, Ray was ready to expand further and bought the old Superior Potato Chip factory on the west side of Detroit.
A decade later, Ray was ready to retire and sold the business to AmeriFoods. The company held Cabana Foods for only two years before selling it back to Ray. It was at this time that Ray changed the company name to Jenkins Foods and launched the 'Uncle Ray's' brand.
In April 2006, Ray sold the business to a large privately held company. The new company was established under the 'Uncle Ray's, LLC' name. Ray is still active with the company, serving as president. Uncle Ray's LLC is owned by The H. T. Hackney Company.
Uncle Ray's BBQ Potato Chips
There was a strong and sweet barbecue flavouring to these chips. This was a surprise after a relatively nothingy Nose Plunge Test. There was also a slight tangy touch to them. However, the aftertaste was all a bit salty and syrupy, which wasn't quite as pleasant as the eating experience. However, that should not take anthing away from what was a middle of the road, perfectly acceptable variety.
Uncle Ray's Sour Cream & Onion Chips
These chips were very disappointing. They did not appear to have much flavour at all. There was a backdrop of what seemed like a harsh and almost stale onion and no noticeable creaminess. The aftertaste was particularly salty.