Garden City Kansas: ‘I didn’t feel like we were going to go out of business’
Garden City, Kansas, is a quaint community of about 10,000 people on the Kansas-Missouri border.
It’s not an industrial city, but its economic activity is dominated by the burgeoning pet food industry.
In 2012, the city was the site of the largest food-industry contract in Kansas history, which was worth $3.8 million, according to the Kansas City Star.
The deal is one of many that have been signed in recent years by the pet food giants Nestlé, Kellogg, and Kraft.
(Nestlé paid $3 million for a farm in Kansas in 2016.)
These contracts, which are typically granted to a handful of companies, often allow the companies to purchase farmland or build new buildings, which is part of a long-term plan to build up the pet-food industry in Kansas.
(There’s no way to know how many pet food businesses in the state actually operate.)
But the contract, which went into effect in 2013, also made it easier for Nestlé to expand its operations in the Kansas area, which has a high concentration of pet-related companies, such as PetSmart, which makes pet food.
The pet food giant’s headquarters are in Kansas City, which sits on the Missouri border.
The city’s economy is booming, and it’s a pet-friendly city, with a population of about 7,000.
(The city council, which governs the city, voted unanimously in April to approve a new contract with Nestlé.)
But as it’s been expanding in the past decade, the pet industry has grown, especially as more people started to flock to the city to buy pet food and feed.
(Kellogg’s headquarters in the city are just a couple of blocks from PetSmart.)
The contracts have allowed Nestlé and Kraft to expand their operations in Kansas, and the companies have been working to keep their operations going in the area.
But the companies also have contracts in several other states, and are hoping that more states will soon be looking to them to protect their pet food business.
“We feel like it’s the best opportunity we’ve had to make it work,” Nestlé spokesman Scott Mankins said.
“Kansas is such a great place to grow and have a lot of food that people want to eat.
We’ve got to have a local presence here, and we feel like the best way to do that is to expand.”
Nestlé also had contracts in Michigan and Wisconsin, but those contracts have expired.
“This is a very important contract,” Nestle spokesman Matt Wintle said.
Nestlé has more than 500 stores in the United States, including in Kansas and Michigan.
It has contracts in at least 20 other states.
In Kansas, the contract with Kraft is in effect through the end of 2020, which means Nestlé is only eligible to operate in the City of Garden City until 2022.
Nestle, Kellog, and Kellogg have already opened at least three new pet-store locations in the metro area, and have plans to expand those. But Nestlé isn’t the only company making a move in Kansas right now.
The City of Eden, Kansas (population about 3,000), has had a contract with the pet feed maker Feed-A-Palooza to keep its stores open past March.
(Pets are allowed in all of the stores, except for a special PetZone inside the store, which can only be used for pet food.)
But that contract was only effective for a few months, and Nestlé’s contract with Feed-a-Palouza expired in August.
Nestles contracts with pet food companies, and Feed-as-PalOOza was Nestles first major pet-feeder.
Nestler is the second-largest pet-industries distributor in the country, after PetSmart.
“There is a lot going on in Kansas that’s making it an exciting time for the industry,” Mankens said.
But, he added, “the market is still fairly small and the competition is still pretty fierce.”
(For more on the pet supply chain in the US, check out “The Price of Supply.”)
While Nestlé makes its products at the largest pet-supply-chain facilities in the world, other companies, including PetSmart and Kellog have been operating their pet-meat and pet-coated products in local grocery stores for years. And Nestlé even offers pet food to some of the state’s top chefs, such the popular chefs of The Onion, James Beard, and Jonathan Capehart.
The contract with Kellogg was initially signed by the company in 2006.
But Kellogg pulled out of Kansas in 2011 and the contract was renewed by the Kansas Board of Agriculture.
Nestlenk’s contracts are also being renewed.
In fact, in 2016, Nestlé announced it would be opening a new plant in Wichita