Golden State Foods (GSF), a U.S. food processor and distributor, has acquired controlling interests in KanPak U.S., headquartered in Arkansas City, Kan., a supplier of beverages and desserts using aseptic processing technology. The purchase of KanPak U.S. includes operations in Kansas, Connecticut, Canada, Mexico, and China.
“We’re excited about expanding our partnership with KanPak, which will enable GSF and KanPak to increase our offerings to our customers domestically and internationally,” said Mark Wetterau, Chairman and CEO of Golden State Foods. “It will enable both companies to more fully execute the strategy of meeting the needs of evolving global markets across food and beverage customers, foodservice and consumer packaged goods.”
Dennis Cohlmia, who has been serving as the second generation President and CEO of KanPak U.S. for more than four decades, will serve as Chairman of the Board of KanPak U.S. GSF Corporate Vice President and President of Food Processing, Larry McGill, will be promoted to serve as Corporate Vice President of Golden State Foods and President and CEO of KanPak U.S.
KanPak produces a variety of dairy-based products such as smoothies, ice cream, milk shake base, packaged milk, coffees, creamers, frozen desserts, and specialty beverages. KanPak currently employs more than 400 full-time associates. Some of its customers include Chick-fil-A, Tim Hortons, KFC, 7-Eleven, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Nestle, and Costco, among others.