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Ron Zappe (2000)

Louisiana Legends



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2000-09-08

Duration: 00:25:01

Subjects: Zappe, Ron | Zapp's Potato Chips | Business | OIL INDUSTRY | Food | Potato chip industry


  • Weill, Gus Host
  • Allen, Gary Producer
  • Bush, Charles Producer
  • Zappe, Ron Interviewee


This episode of the series “Louisiana Legends” from September 8, 2000, features an interview with Ron Zappe conducted by Gus Weill. Zappe is the founder and owner of Zapp’s Potato Chips in Gramercy. He discusses: the businesses he lost during the oil bust of 1985; how he got into the potato chip business; his first day of manufacturing; his initial sales; the loyalty of Louisianans to local brands; the expansion of his business; the importance of people in business; his time as a teacher; his advice to people wanting to enter business; his competition with national brands; and the potential of the company.