Irvine, Calif.-based food processor and distributor Golden State Foods has acquired controlling interests in KanPak U.S., a supplier of beverages and desserts using aseptic processing technology.

Founded in 1965, 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. The Arkansas City, Kan.-based company has more than 400 employees at facilities in the U.S., Mexico and China. Its customers include Chick-fil-A, Tim Hortons, KFC, 7-Eleven, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Nestle and Costco.

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“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.”

Established in 1947, Golden State Foods is one of the largest diversified suppliers to the quick service restaurant industry and has approximately 4,500 employees worldwide.