Cargill builds innovation center in Wichita

by Editor
Friday, May 28, 2010

Cargill's U.S. meat business plans to invest $14.7 million to create a new facility with research, development, culinary, laboratory, pilot plant and distribution capabilities in Wichita.

Building for the 75,000-square-foot, two-story complex is scheduled to begin July 2010, with completion projected for June 2011. The new facility replaces a 210,000-square-foot building, which is in an industrial area and was once a meat processing plant. That property was acquired by Cargill in 1978, when it entered the meat business, and it was recently sold.

The research and development labs focus on food safety and quality. The culinary kitchens are used for the development of new product offerings as well as the utilization of Cargill products by retail and foodservice customers. The pilot plant allows operational and technical teams to develop new products and to evaluate new meat-producing technologies that could potentially be employed at the company's full-size plants throughout the U.S. and Canada. Also included in the project is a food distribution center for the local area, primarily serving smaller grocery stores.