Founded in 1965, KanPak(r) LLC began as a family-owned dairy company, based in Arkansas City, KS. From the beginning, KanPak has led the way in the development of aseptic processing and packaging for beverages and desserts. In 1983, KanPak was one of the first companies in North America to qualify, process and aseptically package low acid foods.

KanPak continued to grow and expand, creating some of the most successful new product introductions in the foodservice industry.

In 2011, Golden State Foods became partners in KanPak China, with the combined companies continuing to expand their product offering and bring on new customers in China and throughout Asia. This success culminated in 2013 with Golden State Foods acquiring controlling interest in KanPak LLC, and eventually acquiring the balance of KanPak LLC in 2016 with KanPak LLC becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Golden State Foods.

The newest addition to the KanPak facility line-up is in Penn Yan, NY. Acquired in December of 2014, the plant has liquid aseptic processing as well as yogurt capabilities, and provides a second North American facility to service the North East region.

Our Creed & Values are behind everything we do at Golden State Foods. These aren’t just words, they aren’t just a mission statement, they are a way of living, a way of doing business, and a reflection of the positive change that we would like to see in the world. 


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Food Scientist - Beverage / Dairy Development

Arkansas City, Kansas | Full Time
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Job Description
KanPak® is a global leader in the development and manufacturing of the very best beverage and dessert solutions. Aseptic technology is at the heart of many products we create, allowing all KanPak® products to ship and store without refrigeration for up to 12 months, but it’s our state-of-the-art beverage manufacturing capabilities and exceptional customer service that really set us apart from competitors.  
We are seeking an energetic, skilled Food Scientist - Beverage / Dairy product development - for our facility in Arkansas City, Kansas.   
Arkansas City is a city in Cowley County, Kansas, United States, situated at the confluence of the Arkansas and Walnut rivers in the southwestern part of the county.   As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,415. 
Relocation may be available for this position.


Primary Objectives:

Makes meaningful contributions to PD and company objectives by providing a highly developed level of technical competence and experience to lead people and support multiple projects with an emphasis on innovation, development of new products, product specifications, and procedures to support product development and testing, ensuring that products meet established GSF and external customer standards.

Coordinate GSF (Golden State Foods) Quality activities and operations to meet objective for quality, food safety, integrity, regulatory compliance, cost, safety and customer satisfaction at KanPak.

Participate in formulating and administering division’s short and long range goals and objectives for business growth


Essential Functions:

1. Independently provides bench and lab related work activities to support the development of new products, product line extensions, duplication, product and process improvements and cost improvements. (30%)

2. Provides leadership to others in the department and is seen as an expert throughout the company.   Provides operational support.  Leads training for new technologists, demonstrating lab safety, procedures and techniques.  (30%)

3. Monitors and analyzes the scale up, first production and quality assurance practices of the developed product through the commercialization process and identify areas for improvement to facilitate department operations.  (25%)

4. Identifies new sources and suppliers for raw materials in compliance with established quality assurance standards.  (10%)

5. Maintains laboratory, including upkeep of equipment, stocking of supplies and general cleaning of work areas. (5%)

6. Capable of independently conducting and leading in-house and on site customer presentations.  

7. Studies methods to improve quality of food such as flavor, color, texture, nutritional value and convenience in support of strategic objectives.  Researches new ingredients or technologies that will create a competitive advantage. 

8. Performs other related and assigned duties as necessary.

9. Up to 30% travel to US customer sites and sales meetings.  International (Canada) travel is required.



Skills & Requirements

Education / Experience Requirements:

  •  Bachelor’s degree in food science, engineering, or related field of science from an accredited college or university
  • 1 to 5 years of relevant work experience, with an understanding of food chemistry, food safety, and related regulations.  Dairy foods experience a plus.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Food testing concepts and techniques

Product development
Food processing equipment
Raw materials/product interaction
Food safety concepts and techniques
Quality assurance concepts and techniques
HACCP programs and related food safety regulations and processes
International export and food regulations 
Food chemistry
Food microbiology
PC word processing/spreadsheet software

Skill and ability to:
Read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. 
Apply working knowledge of mathematical concepts and scientific weights and measures.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
Define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.  
Teach others the importance of concepts revolving around food analysis, food chemistry and food microbiology.
Communicate and coordinate effectively with internal and external customers verbally and in writing
Speak confidently and effectively before groups of customers or employees of GSF.  
Read and process written information with a high degree of accuracy
Perform a variety of food safety tests including viscosity, pH, moisture and total solids analysis
Work in a laboratory environment
Work effectively in a general business environment, with a focus on high levels of quality and customer service
Act in accordance with GSF’s Values and Creed

Ability to lead through others, direct or indirect
Develops and mentors others in the department

Productivity/quality standards:  test methodology, accuracy and reliability
Productivity/quality standards:  accuracy, timeliness, thoroughness
Productivity/quality standards:  new product development
Domestic and international regulatory compliance
Cost containment
Teamwork within the department and across departments
Project/assignment standards
Customer satisfaction
Safety standards and procedures:  food
Safety standards and procedures:  laboratory equipment and procedures


KanPak, LLC encourages diversity in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Disability/Veteran

KanPak, LLC is an equal opportunity employer and, as such, affirms to recruit, hire, train, and promote, in all job classifications, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, sex, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other protected characteristic. KanPak will not discriminate against persons because of their disability, including disabled veterans, and will make reasonable accommodations for known physical or mental limitations of qualified employees and applicants with disabilities.