A $14.7-million innovation center will open July 15 in Wichita, KS.

The 75,000-square-foot center, which is focused on meat products, employs 70 staff.

The research and development labs focus on food safety and quality, while culinary kitchens will be used for the development of new products. A pilot plant allows operational and technical teams to develop new products and evaluate new technologies that could potentially be employed at the company's full-size plants.

There is also a food distribution center for the local area, primarily serving smaller grocery stores.

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