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Kansas Value Added Foods Lab

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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Starting Your Business

Before any food product is made, many business decisions must be made. Researching the business structure, making a business plan, selecting a location, and more make up the foundation of a successful business.

Kansas Department of AgricultureThe Kansas Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Lodging Program is responsible for food processors and food manufacturers in Kansas. This includes meat and poultry, weights and measures, and pesticides.

From the Land of KansasFrom the Land of Kansas

The From the Land of Kansas™ trademark program's goal is to help businesses that grow, produce, process or manufacture products in Kansas. In addition, the program works with and supports restaurants using Kansas products and retailers selling Kansas agriculture products and ingredients.

Designing Food Facilities

The following publications are from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to give information on designing facilities to manufacture food products. This includes farmers markets, food hubs, community kitchens, or mixed-use facilities.

All of these were published in January 2022.

Shared Kitchens and Food Startups

Some communities or entrepreneurs are interested in creating a shared kitchen space so several entrepreneurs can use it to grow their business without investing in their own facilities. Learn more about exploring this option for your community from the link below.