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Food Processing and Manufacturing in Kansas
Kansas is a culinary masterpiece providing a plethora of sustainable quality ingredients it takes to feed the world. We’ve always been known for our robust agriculture and food industries. Commonly referred to as, “The Breadbasket of the World,” Kansas has nurtured this reputation by consistently ranking No. 1 for wheat production in the United States. In addition, we are one of the top producers of grain sorghum and a variety of other commodities. Home to a one-of-its-kind milling science program and a network of higher education resources, Kansas gives companies access to a bountiful workforce trained to add zest to their operation. No matter the ingredient a company needs for their secret sauce, it can be found in the Kansas food-value chain, and chances are one of our 15,000 agricultural businesses can provide it.
Kansas food companies range from small, family-owned operations to large, multinational corporations and headquarters, all of which have found the economic benefit as they feed the world from Kansas’ world-renowned logistics and distribution infrastructure. If you are looking to manufacture quality food products quickly and efficiently from a variety of materials, look no further than our pièce de résistance of food manufacturers bringing together families, friends… and you!
PET FOOD MANUFACTURERS IN THE KC ANIMAL HEALTH CORRIDOR REPRESENT
OF THE TOTAL PET FOOD SOLD IN THE UNITED STATES 5
Country Crock - New Century, KS
2 � Kansas Department of Labor 2020, � Labor Market Information Services, � Kansas Wage Survey 2019, � US Census Bureau 2019, � Kansas Department of Agriculture
Mars Wrigley Plant - Topeka, KS
Kellogg’s Plant - Kansas City, KS
Tippin’s Pies Plant - Kansas City, KS
FOOD MANUFACTURING IN KANSAS MAKES UP
KANSAS FOOD MANUFACTURING HAS AN ECONOMIC IMPACT OF
OF THE STATE’S TOTAL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
DOLLARS IN REVENUE EVERY YEAR 4
Distance to Market from Kansas
Kansas is served by a comprehensive rail network comprised of 4,257 miles (6,851 km) of total track, which is the sixth largest network in the nation.6
Kansas’ central location and expansive network provides Kansas-based companies a safe and reliable route to major interstate highways that can connect them to 85 percent of the nation’s population in less than a two-day drive.
Whether by highway, rail or air, Kansas offers excellent transportation and marketing advantages for your business. Centrally located and focused on building and maintaining an outstanding multimodal infrastructure, it is easier and less expensive to ship to and from Kansas.
AVERAGE TIME FOR A GROUND PACKAGE TO REACH DESTINATION
KM I | 80 5
| 1,2 07
7 5 0 MI
1,200 MI | 1,931 KM
K A N S A S
OVER THE ROAD
LOGISTICS / SHIPPING
Association of American Railroads
FOOD PROCESSING AND PET FOOD MANUFACTURERS
Pet Food Manufacturer
Food and Beverage Manufacturer
/ Interstate System
Represents 250 locations of Kansas food, beverage and pet food manufacturers around the state. All locations and companies not shown. Includes but not limited to ingredient mills, processing facilities and manufacturing plants. Source: Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Manufacturing Solutions and Dun & Bradstreet, 2020
Kansas is home to more than 800 food, beverage and petfood processing and production operations.Over 15,000 establishments across Kansas are involved in the food-supply chain, from harvesting wheat to transporting finished goods to your table. Companies can leverage the many benefits of access to agricultural resources, a skilled workforce and our outstanding transportation infrastructure. Kansas is proud to be the home to a multitude of brands like:
Notable Kansas Food Manufacturers and Processors Company
National Beef Packing Co., LLC
Meat processing and packing
Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc.
Meat processing and packing, poultry, pizza toppings and pork
Cargill / Cargill Protein North America*
Wichita /plus additional worksites
Meat processing and packing poultry; vegetable, soybean, corn, sunflower and palm oils
Reser’s Fine Foods Inc.
Prepared food manufacturer
Schwan’s Company (Tony’s Pizza)
Simmons Pet Food
Pet food manufacturer
Russell Stover Candies, Inc.
Abilene / Iola
Sugar and confectionery product manufacturer
Seaboard Foods, LLC*
Shawnee Mission/plus additional worksites
Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.*
Pet food manufacturer
Hostess Brands, LLC*
Emporia / Lenexa / Edgerton
Snack cakes and pastry manufacturer and distributer
Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Junction City / Wichita
Packaged meat processing and packing
Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
Snack food manufacturer
Kansas City, Kansas
Snack food manufacturer
SugarCreek Packing Co., Inc.
Raw and cooked bacon bits and strips for the retail / foodservice
Mars Wrigley Confectionary US, LLC
Chocolate and confectionary product manufacturer
Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.*
Dairy products and food ingredients, including cheese, butter and powdered, condensed and fluid milk
*Indicates headquarters or regional headquarters presence in Kansas. Source: Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Department of Labor, Kansas Manufacturing Solutions
Educational Assets and Talent Resources KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY (K-STATE) is a major comprehensive public research university with an enrollment of more than 24,000 students. The College of Agriculture, ranked No. 4 in the nation for best agriculture college, is a leader in addressing the challenges facing the global food crisis, as well as human and animal health and biosecurity across the country.1,2 As the nation’s first land-grant university, K-State offers a wide variety of facilities and programs for businesses and partners to use to expand Kansas’ footprint in the food processing and manufacturing sector. Kansas State University offers the nation’s only milling science and management bachelor’s degree. KSTATE RESEARCH FACILITIES AND CENTERS Kansas State University ensures researchers and partners have the tools they need to solve global challenges. The university is home to more than 90 research centers, from the 3,487-hectare Konza tallgrass prairie to the Biosecurity Research Institute that focuses on food safety.
Kansas offers a variety of specialized training programs for the food manufacturing workforce:
FOOD INNOVATION ACCELERATOR The Food Innovation Accelerator is an outgrowth of, and collaboration with, the Kansas Value Added Foods Lab, and is housed in the kitchens of K-State Olathe. It is a blend of facilities and expertise designed to provide support for the food product and ingredient industry — especially thosecompanies starting new product lines or scaling up existing processes. Services include quality, nutritional and microbial testing (through the Kansas Value Added Foods Lab), product consulting and help with regulatory and food safety issues. FOOD PROGRAMS AND SERVICES The K-State Olathe campus serves the food safety and food science needs of the industry. Professional development training is mandatory in today's highly competitive and ever-changing food industry. K-State Olathe can create programs to fit the many needs of food industry professionals.
Agriculture, food and beverage manufacturing-related industries support approximately 103,000 jobs, or 7.4%, of the workforce in the state of Kansas.3, 4, 5
Pet Food Manufacturing
Other Food Manufacturing
Wall Street Journal, 2 College Factual 2020, 3 Kansas Board of Regents 2020, 3 Kansas Department of Labor 2020, 4 Labor Market Information Services, 5 Kansas Wage Survey 2019
KANSAS RANKS CONSISTENTLY IN THE TOP TEN FOR PRODUCING BEEF, SUNFLOWERS, FLOUR, CORN AND SOYBEANS WITH GROWTH IN PORK AND DAIRY.
Dot’s Pretzels - Edgerton, KS
Best Harvest Bakery - Topeka, KS
Industry Resources Food manufacturing and processing workforce programs and resources offered by the state to help companies:
AIB International, headquartered in Manhattan, Kansas, is globally recognized for providing audits, inspections, consulting services and other training to facilities. A team of experienced food-safety professionals customizes trainings to minimize risk of food contamination and assists in creating Bulk Solids Innovation Center (BSIC), located in Salina, Kanasas is a university-level research center dedicated to the study of bulk solids material handling. The BSIC is the only one of its kind in North America and supports industries across the country through research, consulting and education using its material properties test lab. DFA Accelerator is a 90-day immersive program headquartered in Kansas City, Kansas. DFA combines on-site meetings and virtual programs to provide training, growth opportunities and mentorship. These startups meet with relevant investors and industry leaders. To date, 94 percent of DFA alumni companies are still in business.
GCAP Training Center is a nationally-recognized program offering on-site and online training to employers to educate new team members in industrial ammonia refrigeration. This program, located in Garden City, Kansas offers customizable training on how to maintain and operate plant equipment and engineering practices. GCAP provides training for more than 600 different companies annually. The Food Science Institute at Kansas State University facilitates training for students supporting research initiatives. The Institute provides technical and scientific information to consumers, the food industry and governmental agencies. State-of-the-art laboratories and pilot facilities are available to fulfill research, teaching and extension missions. International Grains Program helps to provide technical, research-based training benefiting food industry professionals globally, and works to enhance the market preference for U.S. grains and oilseeds. The core curriculum focuses on feed manufacturing, grain marketing and management and milling. Kansas Manufacturing Solutions helps manufacturers resolve their workforce needs through such tactics as proper hiring practices, creating exceptional employee experiences and career development training.
Tony’s Pizza, started in Salina, has been around for 60 years and produces 1.4 million pizzas per day. Tony’s Pizza - Salina, KS MARS Wrigley Plant - Topeka, KS
Mars is the only food manufacturer on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For List for 2020
KC Steak Co. - Kansas City, KS
Heroes MAKE America connects the retired military community with career opportunities in the manufacturing sector. The program provides integrated training, certification and career readiness in partnership with local community colleges LocationOne is a searchable database of available sites and buildings. Real estate can be found by searching square footage, acreage, geographic location and other important variables. Its integrated GIS component uses customizable layers with market information, demographics, workforce, infrastructure, housing, business and industry to help locate relevant real estate for projects.
TechAccel, LLC is a development company focused on advancing innovation in the agriculture, animal health and food technology sectors. Partner companies use TechAccel to collaboratively advance and de-risk technologies, and accelerate time to market. TechAccel partners with global industry leaders and relevant venture capital firms to assist innovative industry startups. The Technology Development Institute (TDI) provides services and resources to private industry to advance the commercial readiness of new products and technologies. TDI employs experienced engineers and business professionals to work with clients through every step from design to commercialization.
Food manufacturing represents the largest sector of manufacturing employment in Kansas. The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) located in Manhattan NBAF is the first maximum biocontainment (BSL-4) space to study high-consequence zoonotic diseases affecting food animals. The laboratory facility is capable of housing large livestock and feature a Biologics Development Module (BDM) for the pilot scale development of vaccines and other countermeasures.
The Hostess Brands facility in Emporia, Kansas produces 1,100 Twinkies and Cupcakes per minute; that’s 1,584,000 a day, 578,160,000 per year. That’s a lot of cream filling!
Available Incentives Kansas has various valuable incentive programs tailored to food manufacturing and processing companies to assist in reducing the cost of locating or expanding business operations in Kansas. •Withholding Tax Incentives
•Sales Tax Exemption on Items Consumed in Production
•Training and Retraining Assistance
•Sales Tax Exemption on Production Machinery and Equipment
•Corporate Income Tax Credits •Property Tax Exemption on Machinery and Equipment by State Statute
•No Inventory Tax
• Sales Tax Exemption for Construction, Build Out, Remodel, Furnish and Equip Worksite
•Funding Dedicated to Transportation Improvements
•Sales Tax Exemption on Utilities Consumed in Production
•77 Designated Opportunity Zones
•No State or Local Earnings Tax
•Utility Incentives to Offset Rate Costs
•Sales Tax Exemption on Ingredient or Component Parts
The population of Kansas is more than 2.9 million.
Median Age 37.1 21% Generation Z and 20% are Millennials.
91% of Kansas adults have a high school diploma.
Kansas’ median housing cost is $145,400.
Top States for Business
Kansas Achieves High Rankings
Kansas Ranks 6th
Kansas recognized as the most improved state in the country.
U.S. News & World Report Best States 2019
Kansas recognized as the most improved state in the country.
2019 Reason Foundation’s Annual Highway Report
« Kansans, on average, experience a 19-minute commute... the sixth quickest commute in the country. « The most common non-English languages spoken in Kansas are Spanish, Vietnamese, German and Chinese.2 « Ranking No. 10 in the nation for affordable healthcare costs and No. 15 for overall healthcare system, Kansas offers quality healthcare at an affordable price.6
Council for Community and Economic Research 2020, 2 US Census Bureau 2019, 3 Big 7 Travel 2019, 4 NOAA Climate Comparison 2019, 5 Kansas Wildlife, Park and Tourism, 6 Wallethub 2020
66% OF KANSANS ARE IN THE LABOR FORCE, WHICH IS
1,200 Kansans after their most recent manufacturing plant expansions in
THAN THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES.
Abilene and Iola.
Tuttle Creek Lake - Manhattan, KS
KANSAS RANKS NATIONALLY IN THE
Top 5 FOR COST OF LIVING AT 12.1% BELOW THE U.S. AVERAGE
Fresh Farmers’ Market - Lawrence, KS
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