Did potato chip companies ever fill their bags ?

Did they start by filling the bags to the top, and then slowly work down to filling it about halfway, which is where it is now, or did they always fill the bag halfway?

12 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Part of the point of all that air in the bag is to keep the chips from getting smashed into teeny bits! (the extra air acts as a cushion) Yes, the bags did used to be fuller, and then people started complaining about broken chips, so the bags got a bit bigger and the amount of chips got a bit smaller...all for the sake of whole chips.

    (I work for a chip manufacturer!)

  • Dave C
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The bags are partially filled and puffed up with air so the bag acts like a cushion for it's contents.

    Give it a try at home with zip-loc bags.

    Fill one full of chips and mash and toss the bag.

    Fill one 1/2 with chips, puff up the bag and try mashing tossing the bag.

    The puffed bag should have less chip breakage.

  • 4 years ago

    The bags never were full up to the top. Crisps are packed in a nitrogen atmosphere to keep them fresh so there has to be space in the bag for the nitrogen. The bags are pressurised and the space means that the crisps can't be crushed and end up all in little bits. You would moan if that happened too. So it isn't a case of being short changed it is a case of packaging technology to improve the keeping quality of the product.

  • 1 decade ago

    what they do is they give you the same amount of chips as they would a long time ago in a small bag, which was filled. But the bags today use the same amount of chips just in a bigger bag so you think that you're getting more, but really you're not

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  • 1 decade ago

    They need some space so they can seal the bag without breaking the chips and then the chips settle during transit, hence we get half-full bags.

    The Muse

  • 1 decade ago

    They leave space for air because there is less breakage that way, at least in transit.

    I think ;)

  • 1 decade ago

    some leave space so it wont get too full and crumble or for packaging purposes

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    when they are first introduced they are 90pct filled then they go down to 75 pct then eventually 50pct

  • 1 decade ago

    they leave empty for air

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


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