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Kansas Value Added Foods Lab

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Kansas Value Added Foods Lab
Kansas State University
203 Call Hall
1530 Mid-Campus Drive North
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-3295 fax


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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.


Kansas Profile – Now That’s Rural: Karen Moege, Flint Hills Pints

Flint Hills PintsAfter being disappointed in store-bought ice cream that they got during the pandemic, Karen Moege set out to see if she could make better ice cream of her own. It went so well that this became a business for Karen and her husband. Flint Hills Pints uses local milk and eggs to produce all-natural ice cream in traditional and creative flavors.

Read more about Flint Hills Pints!

Start Here!

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 


Fees and InformationFees, Information and Client Paperwork
Payment is required prior to any testing. Please contact us for more information.


Direct to Consumer SalesSelling Food Direct to the Consumer - Updated January 2024
Alimentos vendidos directamente a los consumidores en Kansas: Regulaciones y mejores prácticas para la inocuidad alimentaria

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.



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North Central Food Safety Extension Network

Learn more about basic food safety tips for small food processors from the North Central Food Safety Extension Network. Select the link, then the download button for each publication.

Food Safety Best Practices for Local Food Entrepreneurs - North Dakota State University and Kansas State University Extension

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

Kansas Micro-Internship Program

Are you a small business or organization with more ideas than time? If you can segment your work into “projects,” the Kansas Micro-Internship Project can help…. and your first two projects are free. There are more than 1,000 Kansas College students registered and waiting to help. Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable Career Launchers to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups, and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance. 

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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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.

K-State Agriculturist


Learn about the student experience in our lab. Read more in the K-State Agriculturist story, The Science of Food.

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