Food Processing

The western portion of Pottawatomie County has a dominant food processing sector due to an abundance of raw food materials, including pork, beef, soybeans, corn, wheat, barley, canola and rapidly growing organic products. Pottawatomie County has also had a lot of success due to west coast shipping and quick access to central Canada/American consumer markets. The combination of these two assets gives Pottawatomie County a competitive advantage in the effort to develop in the food processing cluster. The following industries are largely growing:

  • Soybean and Other Oilseed Processing 
  • Fats and Oils Refining and Blending 
  • Breakfast Cereal Manufacturing 
  • Hemp and fiber products
  • Pork Processing & Distribution
According to the Kansas Agricultural's Economic Impact created by the Kansas Department of Agriculture, the animal food manufacturing industry directly contributed approximately $224 million to Pottawatomie County's economy in 2014. Companies in this industry manufacture and process a wide variety of foods, including meat; seafood; dairy products; fruits and vegetables; milled grains and oilseeds; baked goods; and candy. Major companies include U.S.-based Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM); ConAgra Foods; Frito-Lay; Kellogg; Kraft Foods; Mondelez International; and Tyson Foods. International companies include, Grupo Bimbo (Mexico); Groupe Danone (France); JBS (Brazil); Maruha Nichiro Holdings (Japan); Nestlé (Switzerland); and Unilever (The Netherlands).

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