Pantry Shelf of Hutchinson, From the Land of
Kansas Company, benefits from Lottery Proceeds
YouTube video of Pantry Shelf in
Hutchinson YouTube video of Pantry Shelf in
Project funded by Lottery dollars.
The From the Land of Kansas state agricultural
trademark program is a recipient of funding from the Economic
Development Initiatives Fund (EDIF), which is derived from Kansas
Date:Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Contact:Sally Lunsford, 785-296-5708 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pantry Shelf is a dry mix manufacturer
in Hutchinson. They sell their own retail brands as well as
produce private label products for corporate customers. Nat
Wilkinson and his mother Barb are co-owners of Pantry Shelf.
Natives of Michigan, the Wilkinsons decided to leave the company in
Kansas after purchasing it in 2008. They say part of the
reason they left Pantry Shelf in Kansas is because of the From
the Land of Kansas program.
"They hit trade shows with you and
give you a lot of general support when it comes to increasing
business abroad and in the United States," said Barb Wilkinson,
Pantry Shelf Co-Owner, praising the state trademark program.Pantry Shelf was one of four Kansas
specialty food companies traveling to New York City recently for
the Fancy Food Show. Featured at the Kansas Pavilion, the
From the Land of Kansas companies were among more than 2,000
exhibitors at the show. The Wilkinsons gave away
several thousand samples at the show and made contacts that will
help grow their businesses.
The Wilkinsons say they're moving towards doing
combo packs. Thaniels, another brand developed by Nat
Wilkinson, has a pizza product that includes both a dough mix and
sauce. The idea is to make their products taste homemade, but still
be convenient for today's busy consumers.
"It's easy, but it has a different feel than if you bought it in
the frozen food section," said Pantry Shelf Co-owner Nat
While Pantry Shelf sells many dry mixes…pancakes, muffins,
cupcakes, and lots more…under the Pantry Shelf name, many of the
products they produce have someone else's name on them.
"A lot of high-end stores, chains, I can't say who they are, but
we've had products in a lot of mass market stores, such as Macy's
and Target, even found our products in Office Max one time,"
reported Nat Wilkinson. "There's a good chance people have eaten
our products and they just have no idea they have."
The Wilkinsons employ about 15 people at their Hutchinson
facility. Theirs is a great example of a family-owned Kansas
company benefitting from participation in the From the Land of
Kansas program, a program lottery players support through purchases
of Kansas Lottery tickets. Let's keep those great From the Land
of Kansas companies on the move!
For more information about the From the Land of
Kansas state agricultural trademark program, visit From the Land of
Kansas or phone 785-296-6080.
For more information about Pantry Shelf in Hutchinson, visit the
company's website Pantry Shelf in
Hutchinson or phone 620-662-9342. You can order products
on the website or by phone.
To see a list of various programs benefitting from revenues
derived from Lottery proceeds, please visit the Economic Development
section of the Kansas Lottery website or phone 785-296-5700.