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Just like Turkish coffee is not espresso, a pie is not a cake, and American football is not football (or soccer), crisps and chips are not the same. Did you think chips and crisps were just two different words for the same crispy fried potato slices? Not so! Crisps and chips differ in their manufacturing process, in the potato varieties used, and - most importantly - in their taste.
The best from our fields in a single package.
After all, no one wants to buy a pig in a poke.
This, too, is the reason that we have our phone number on the packaging.
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It is the story of one normal Czech family. A story full of austerity, potatoes, day-in-day-out work, potatoes, bold decisions and...more potatoes. A story that started thirty years ago at a snack counter by a local open-air cinema, where our parents fried their first crisps in a frying pan. And it is a story that is still being written today, driven by the very same idea: regardless of whether we produce six kilos or forty tons a day, our crisps must taste the same as they did when our folks made them at home with their own hands.
Our family company, Petr Hobža, was founded in 1988 as a trade license on permission by the National Committee. Since then we have been producing premium quality potatoes crisps.
Oh, what a lovely smell! The first Hobža crisps are made. Petr Hobža Sr. fries them manually at a snack counter near the open-air cinema. The crisps sell like hot cakes. Neither of the brothers who are now mangers of the company are helping their father yet – Petr only has two candles to blow out on his birthday cake and Libor is playing his first video game.
What are people who live around Strážnice talking about? Is it about the new government, or maybe the division of Czechoslovakia? No, they are talking about Hobža’s crisps! At the funfair in the town of Bzenec, our crisps disappear in the blink of an eye – in 20 minutes, we manage to sell 70 boxes of them! The time comes to start deep-frying on a larger-scale, and we buy a deep-fryer from Italy for the then-astronomical sum of 4 million Czech crowns.
While we did enjoy selling at funfairs, we decided that we should make it possible for people all over the Czech Republic to enjoy the exquisite taste of our crisps. And we succeeded! We signed our first contract with a large chain store. That deserves a celebration with a huge bowl full of crisps!
Some people might think that the Hobža brothers simply inherited the company. But they actually grew up in it. And now came the right time for them to learn how to manage it. They were not appointed into managing positions, though; they became company truck drivers! Thanks to this, our company became a true family business.
Ta-daaa! The Czech Republic joins the EU. But another event in the Czech Republic is more important – Strážnice crisps can be bought all over the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The crisp mania can begin! But we cannot rest on our laurels, which is why we continuously modernize and fine-tune our manufacturing process.
The Czechs like to say they have golden hands. The Hobža brothers put on boiler suits and work on assembling a new production line for three months. The line consists of parts made by seven suppliers from seven different countries. And the result? A unique production line that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. From the very start, our crisps enjoy a great ride on our production line!
What an innovation! We decided to make a decent investment in production technologies and got ourselves, among other things, a laser device that can measure how crispy our crisps are. This is a very useful and cunning gadget that allows us to serve you a crispy delight fine-tuned to flawlessness.
Abrakadabra, may potatoes turn into crisps! No, we’re just joking, there’s no magic in that. Just good old honest work. Actually, you can come and see for yourselves how we make our crisps back home in Strážnice. And not only see them, but taste them, too - that goes without saying!
Do you want to know how many crisps are made from a single potato? Or which flavour is the Hobža brothers’ favourite? Don’t hesitate to ask any question related to the production of our crisps. We will be happy to answer!
Before you do so, though, read through our FAQ as we may have answered similar questions already.
PETR HOBŽA SNACK A.S.
Za Drahou 1857
696 62 Strážnice
+420 518 334 465
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