Matt's Clever Crisp Revolution
Matt Parry takes on Pringles in the ultimate David vs Goliath battle.
Matt Parry is the man behind The Good Crisp Company, an all-natural, gluten free snack food brand revolutionising the canister chip industry.
Motivated by his own desire to have a delicious and healthy snack whilst maintaining a strict gluten-free diet, Matthew was inspired to create a better-for-you crisp. Since its inception in 2014, The Good Crisp Company has become the resident canister chip on all Virgin Australia and Tigerair domestic flights and expanded operations to the US market.
For Matt, the entrepreneurial mindset started young. “I liked the idea of buying and selling, generating value for people and fulfilling their needs, so naturally that led me to business,” he said.
In high school, noting the absence of a canteen, Matt opened his own snack shop and sold chips and soft drinks from the back of the classroom. In retrospect, it was a taste of successes to come.
“I didn’t really think much of it at the time, it just seemed like a natural thing to do,” he said.
“Looking back on it, that’s what being an entrepreneur is; no one else was doing it and it occurred to me to do it.”
With an undergraduate degree in marketing, Matt undertook the Adelaide Master of Business Administration at the University of Adelaide to escape the confines of the sales guy stereotype.
“I knew people looked at me like the marketing guy and I wanted to have some kind of additional education to show that I could fill other roles and that I could run an overall business,” he said.
“For a long time, more than 20 years, I’d been selling, developing and building up other people’s brands, and you get some thrill in that, but it’s nothing like owning your own brand.
Taking America’s better-for-you market by storm, the company’s first year saw its stockists swell from a selection of Northern California Whole Foods stores to more than 2,000 supermarkets across the United States.
“It’s really cool when someone wants your product and people want to buy it, that buzz never goes away.”
Noticing the increased demand for his healthier crisps, Matt and his young family made the bold decision to pack up and move to the US, despite never being overseas, to focus on growing The Good Crisp Company brand and spreading the love for their guilt free canister ship.
“As long as we can, we want to do business around the world but live in the place that we want to live in, that’s what technology allows us to do these days.”
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Story by Michaela McGrath
Photos by Meaghan Coles