Sometimes you don’t appreciate what’s in your own backyard.
It’s not that pet food is new to Kansas but the recognition of the industry and the potential for growth is. Kansas is home to many pet food manufactures but that is only part of the narrative. Globally recognized ingredient suppliers are from Kansas. And the equipment that makes much of the pet food? Made in Kansas. How about equipment that moves raw ingredients throughout the production facility? Made in Kansas. Equipment that moves pet food for coating and drying? Yep, made in Kansas. And that dryer for the pet food? Made in Kansas. Production sensors and electronic controls? Made in Kansas. What about new pet food products? Research and development happens every day in Kansas. When one attends the world’s largest pet food conference, PetFood Forum, in Kansas City each spring it does not take long to realize: Yep, Kansas.
Organizations such as BioKansas, KCADC/Animal Health Corridor, Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Wheat, Kansas Corn, and Kansas State University all are now part of the effort to grow the pet food industry in Kansas. Dr. Greg Aldrich, a globally recognized leader in pet food, is building a pet food program as Kansas State University that includes undergraduate, graduate and short-course training. Ingredients, production systems, final product and world class talent all flow from Kansas.
Kansas recognizes its contribution to animal health goes beyond pharmaceuticals and includes a global leadership position in pet food. As the global middle class grows, so does the demand for safe, innovative pet food products. Strengthening our leadership position to capitalize on the opportunity that lies before us requires vision, partnerships and collaboration. Is Kansas a global leader in pet food? Yep. Are we done yet? Nope.