Affectionately known as America’s breadbasket, Kansas produces nearly 20 percent of all wheat grown in the U.S. We’re also the top producer of grain sorghum and rank in the top 10 for producing sunflowers, flour, hay, corn, soybeans and beef.
While our roots in agriculture are deep and well known, specialty food and beverage manufacturers and consumer brands have also embraced Kansas as home for their operations. The companies who call Kansas home range from small, family-owned companies to large, multinational corporations. Today, Kansas is home to hundreds of food and beverage companies including Mars, Cargill, Frito-Lay, Tyson, Hostess and National Beef.
Access to raw materials is an obvious advantage for food and beverage manufacturers, but just as important is Kansas’ central location and the ability to get products from Point A to Point B by the most efficient means possible – preserving the quality and freshness of products while enroute to their final destination. Access to education, research and development is also a key advantage companies have when locating in Kansas. The Food Science Institute at Kansas State University offers undergraduate and graduate food science programs with research and facilities specialized in dairy processing, food chemistry, food safety, grain science, meat science, product development and sensory analysis.
Logistics Park Kansas City in Edgerton, Kansas, will soon be home to the largest manufacturing plant for Dot’s Pretzels. The premiere pretzel brand plans to begin operations later this year in the new facility that will increase their production capacity to meet the ever-increasing national demand for their signature snacks.