updated 9/27/2010 4:16:32 PM ET 2010-09-27T20:16:32

SALEM, Ore., Sept. 27, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Inspired by real, fresh ingredients, Kettle Brand® is launching a new line of outrageously natural snacks, full-flavored TIAS!™ Tortilla Chips.

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Made with organic corn, Kettle Brand® TIAS!™ Tortilla Chips feature a blend of all natural herbs and spices layered on a light, crispy chip for big flavor in every bite. TIAS!™ are made for chip-lovers who like to snack straight out of the bag – no dip required.

The four new flavors include:

  • Nacho Cheddar: Cheddar cheese, with hints of savory tomato, onion and cumin.
  • Zesty Ranch: Cool and tangy sour cream, with onion, garlic, and a hint of black pepper.
  • Salsa Picante: Fresh tomato and peppers, with hints of onion, garlic, and lime.
  • Toasted Corn: Naturally sweet organic corn, with a sprinkling of sea salt.

"TIAS!™ Tortilla Chips are layered with natural seasonings for the signature Kettle Brand® flavor our fans expect," said Carolyn Richards, Kettle Brand® chief flavor architect. "To achieve these unique bold flavors, we gathered real ingredients then got creative chopping chilies, mincing garlic, grating cheese and blending in fresh herbs, sour cream and spices. The result? Naturally irresistible chips unmatched in the natural chip aisle."

Like all Kettle Brand® snacks, new TIAS!™ Tortilla Chips are made with only the best, all natural, non-GMO ingredients – no trans fats, no preservatives, no artificial colors or flavors, and no MSG.

Kettle Brand® TIAS!™ Tortilla Chips are arriving on shelves now in Whole Foods Markets nationwide with distribution in grocery and natural food stores in the new year. The new line is available in 8 oz. bags for $3.69 and online at www.buykettlechips.com .

Kettle Brand, which is one of the leaders in the premium potato chip category and is growing at a strong pace according to SPINS and ACNielsen, is excited to bring its expertise in developing great tasting, natural, bold flavors to the Tortilla Chips category that represents $2.9 billion in retail sales.

About Kettle Brand®

Kettle Brand® is one of the leaders in the premium potato chip category, and is growing at a strong pace according to SPINS and ACNielsen. With manufacturing sites in Salem, Ore., Beloit, Wis., and Norwich, U.K., Kettle Brand® is distributed throughout North America, Japan, Guam, South Korea and Western Europe. Kettle Brand® products include more than 20 flavors and four varieties of potato chips as well as tortilla chips, nut butters and trail mixes. Visit www.kettlebrand.com for more information.

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About Diamond Foods

Diamond Foods  is an innovative packaged food company focused on building, acquiring and energizing brands including Kettle Brand® Chips, Emerald ® snack nuts, Pop Secret ® popcorn, and Diamond of California ® culinary and snack nuts. The Company's products are distributed in a wide range of stores where snacks and culinary nuts are sold.

Corporate Web Site: www.diamondfoods.com

Consumer Web Sites: www.kettlefoods.com , www.kettlefoods.co.uk , www.emeraldnuts.com , www.popsecret.com , www.diamondnuts.com

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