Three companies that are members of the "From the Land of Kansas" organization have been in Cologne, Germany this week to attend Anuga, the world's largest food and beverage fair.
Mixes, Inc., Hutchinson; Rabbit Creek Products, Louisburg; and Original Juan Specialty Foods, Kansas City made the trip with help from a State Trade and Export Promotion Program grant from the U.S. Small Business Association to participate Anuga. STEP serves to link Kansas producers with foreign markets through trade shows and international business development. The Kansas Department of Agriculture administers the STEP program and awards grant funds.
"As we look to continually grow the Kansas agriculture economy, we must partner with countries around the world," said Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman. "Attending Anuga is a great opportunity for From the Land of Kansas businesses to grow their businesses in the international marketplace."
Anuga's trade fair concept is unique, bringing supply and demand together in 10 specialized trade shows at one location, including shows for fine foods, drinks, chilled and fresh foods, meats, frozen food, dairy products, bread, bakery and hot beverages, organic products, food service, and retail services and technology.
Three Land of Kansas companies at Anuga
The three Land of Kansas companies featured their specialty food products in the USA Pavilion at the show.
Rabbit Creek Gourmet Products, named after a creek that runs through Louisburg, features over 350 diferent mixes that include dips, soups, quick breads, beer spreads, brownies, desserts and scone mixes. Holiday and gift items are another specialty of ours - such as flower pot breads and muffins.
Mixes, Inc. makes the Pantry Shelf line of products. The company began business in 1987 with a goal of creating the best mixes on the market. They began with a few muffin recipes and now make a wide array of mixes ranging from muffins and pancakes to private label and co-packed soups and drink mixes. It is a family owned business with two generations involved in day to day operations.
Original Juan is a gourmet food manufacturer based in Kansas City, Kan. Its core products include barbecue sauces, salsas, hot sauces, wing sauces, pasta sauces, dipping sauces and dip mixes. Original Juan products can be found in a variety of retailers in the United States as well as more than a dozen foreign countries.
More than 6,500 companies from 100 countries participated in Anuga 2011, and more than 155,000 trade visitors from 180 countries attended in 2011.
For more information on how to become involved in Kansas international missions or to become a From the Land of Kansas member, contact JJ Jones, KDA Marketing and Trade Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-296-3737 or visit From the Land of Kansas online.