Angie’s BOOMCHICKAPOP® is a BOOMing business with a story nothing short of fantastical. Dan and Angie Bastian began selling their kettle corn in 2001 at local events where their kettle corn quickly caught the eye and more importantly, the taste buds, of the Minnesota Vikings NFL team. And what started in a Minnesota garage has exploded into a growing business of better-for-you-snacks from Angie’s Artisan Treats. All BOOMCHICKAPOP products are certified gluten-free non-GMO, with simple ingredients and incredible taste.
Ten years after their small venture began, the company has grown from the husband and wife pair to more than 100 employees producing 80,000 bags a day. Their Sea Salt, Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn, and many other varieties can be found all over the United States in stores including Costco, Target, Whole Foods, Lunds and other retail stores.
In September 2015, Angie’s Artisan Treats opened a new manufacturing and distribution center in Reno, Nevada which will bring 160 jobs to the region. In building the facility, Angie’s installed two ULTIMA ST bagging systems from Hayssen Flexible Systems to package their all natural popcorn in various flavors and sizes. Constantly innovating, Angie’s is committed to launching new snack products and continuous investments in their people and facilities. In order to accommodate the various package sizes and frequent changeovers of product, Angie’s chose Hayssen’s Ultima ST systems, known as a “workhorse” for its rugged dependability, yet ease of operation and changeover of film and product. To meet the needs of a growing business, two complete systems were purchased. The Ultima ST 12-16 is a small frame model, saving valuable floor space.
Brad Burkenpas, General Manager for the Reno facility, decided upon Hayssen equipment due to the performance of existing equipment at Angie’s first facility located in North Mankato, Minnesota. Burkenpas comments, “The project scope for the packaging operations begins with the presentation of the kettle corn into an Ishida Computer Combination Weigher. The Ishida weigher quickly & accurately weighs the product into the Ultima ST bagger which forms the film into a bag, and then seals the bags through intermittent motion jaws. After the fill and seal, the pillow bags are carried by conveyor to end-of-line packaging equipment.”
The Ultima ST features tear notch sealing to create easy-open bags, a stager to prevent end seal contamination (yielding higher packaging efficiency) and gas flushing to maintain the intensity of each flavor so consumers get a consistently great product. The system also features Allen-Bradley Controls and HMI to ensure user-friendliness and prompt training for the machine operators.
Currently, the Reno facility is running Angie’s products in sizes of 20g at speeds of 70 packages per minute up to 23 oz. sizes at 30 packages per minute.
Ed Haarsgaard, Sales Executive for Hayssen Flexible Systems, comments, “Angie’s is a great example of an entrepreneurial company that has established itself in the ‘better for you food’ category by staying on trend with consumer tastes. That means maintaining flexibility and reacting to an ever changing landscape, which is one of the strengths of the Ultima with its fast changeovers. We are proud to be a partner in supporting Angie’s long term growth objectives and look forward to the continued strengthening of our decade long relationship.”
For more info on Angie’s Artisan Treats and BOOMCHICKAPOP, please visit www.BOOMCHICKAPOP.com