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From Concept to Consumer

Value-added agricultural products are raw commodities whose value has been increased through the addition of ingredients or processes that make them more attractive to the buyer and/or more readily usable by the consumer.

Fees and Information

Thank you for choosing the Kansas Value Added Foods Lab to help you with your food business. We offer a variety of services as your Process Authority.  Dr. Kelly Getty is now our Process Authority. Let us help you!

Contact Us Please contact us FIRST before sending any products. 
Email: KVAFL@ksu.edu 


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Payment is required prior to any testing. Please contact us for more information.


Direct to Consumer SalesSelling Food Direct to the Consumer - Updated January 2021

Regulations and food safety best practices for vendors, farmers market managers and direct to the consumer businesses. This includes information from the Kansas Department of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension.

What's New?What's New?

Selling Safe Canned Food in Kansas - MF3555

Food Labeling for Kansas Food Producers and Processors - MF3385

Etiquetado de Alimentos para Productores y Procesadores de Alimentos de Kansas - MF3385S

Product Development

Register at https://bit.ly/success-food-business 



Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Leon Winfrey, Southwest Tortillas

Leon WinfreyDo farmers feed the world? In one sense, absolutely. But farm products go through a vast and complex system before they are consumed. Learn about an entrepreneurial Kansas farmer who increased his product’s value by taking it directly to the consumer.



First Friday E-Calls

At the heart of vibrant communities are businesses that keep the local economy humming. To support businesses in communities large and small throughout the state, Kansas State University hosts free monthly webinars on topics pertaining to business.

If you would like to be on the notification list to participate in upcoming e-Calls, please send your request via e-mail to: nkdaniels@ksu.edu

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Incubator Kitchen Resource Guide

In an effort to provide support to small food-business startups, the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) has developed an Incubator Kitchen Resource Guide to provide critical information about incubator resources throughout the state of Kansas.

Incubator kitchens are food facilities that can be rented for short periods of time to allow individuals starting a food business to access commercial kitchen equipment in a cost effective manner. In recent years, nine incubator kitchens have been established across the state. As KDA works to provide support and assistance to help promote success for Kansas businesses, the Incubator Kitchen Resource Guide helps make this information more accessible.

The New FDA Food Safety Modernization Act

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law by President Obama on January 4th, 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus of federal regulators from responding to contamination to preventing it.

Meat Processors

For meat processors, K-State can help you develop value-added meat products, evaluate and analyze the products, and help you get your meat processing business up and running. For more information, see the Meat Science Value Added web site.

Grain Products

The K-State Bioprocessing and Industrial Value Added Program (BIVAP) provides support to develop technology in biomaterials processing for food, feed, and industrial uses.

Value Added Resources