Cereal Ingredients Receives 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence
Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer presented the 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence to Cereal Ingredients, Inc. of Leavenworth at the Team Kansas Awards Banquet on June 6 at Emporia State University. Cereal Ingredients CEO, Robert Hatch, and Kim Krauss from the company, were in attendance to pick up the award. Leavenworth County Development Corporation nominated the company.
Every June, Kansas celebrates Business Appreciation Month, which serves as a statewide tribute to Kansas businesses for their contributions to our state. Business Appreciation Month culminates with the presentation of the Governor’s Award of Excellence. This award is the highest honor given by the state to a business. In 2017, 68 nominations were received for the Governor’s Award of Excellence. There were 5 finalists. Nominees were judged on criteria including: business expansion in Kansas; successful employee retention and recruitment practices; employee training and educational programs; capital investment in Kansas; and support of local activities including school activities, community events, economic development and leadership programs.
The other four finalists for the award were Boot Hill Distillery (Dodge City), CertainTeed Corporation (McPherson), Community National Bank & Trust (Chanute), and United Telephone Association/United Wireless Communications, Inc. (Dodge City).
Cereal Ingredients, Inc. is a privately held, employee-owned specialty ingredients manufacturer located in the Gary Carlson Business Park. It was established in 1990 by Mr. Hatch to research, develop and market unique, new food ingredients. The company holds multiple worldwide product and process patents.
CII produces food particulates that add flavor, texture, and color to baked goods and cereals, as well as pre-blended mixes to create added flavor and swirl effects in bread products. Called Flav-R-Bites®, the particles are specially formulated for specific client needs, are offered in a variety of sizes, flavors, and textures, and are produced using Cereal Ingredients’ patented product and processing technology. In addition to baked goods and cereals, other food applications include ice cream, nutritional foods, streusel, and other crunches and toppings.
Over the past year Cereal Ingredients invested $13 million in new facilities and machinery adding 68,000 sq. ft. of additional warehouse and production space and 80 new jobs. Cereal Ingredients shows its community stewardship by contributing to the local schools’ “Newspapers in Education” program, supporting scholarships to the University of St. Mary, and hosting LCDC’s Classroom to Career event. They provide fresh baked goods to the local food kitchens and employee food drives, and host local fundraisers for a medical clinic for the low income and uninsured. The company hosts the Leavenworth/Lansing Leadership class each year and is actively involved in the Leavenworth County Development Corporation.