In Full Bloom

With its central location, low cost of living and numerous economic opportunities, Topeka has become an ideal location for many food companies.


When the company first moved into Topeka, it received tax credits and other incentives for creating job growth in the region. "One thing that really helped us when we started here were the educational and training incentives," explains Craig. "Since we were starting up a different kind of operation that no one else around had in terms of foodservice distribution, there was really no trained workforce. So we were able to get some nice incentives from the state that allowed us to offset the cost of training."

As for other food--related companies thinking about a move to Topeka, Craig says it’s a good choice.

"There’s a lot of agriculture here in the Midwest so there’s great access to food products whether you are a manufacturer or processor," he says. "And, in terms of beef, there’s a lot available and because it’s a heavy product, your freight costs can be reduced because you don’t have to haul it for long distances."

Craig also points to the region’s amenities––such as family entertainment including a zoo, outdoor activities and cultural events offered at nearby Kansas State University and the University of Kansas.

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