New company buys former AnaCon Foods assets

by Eric Schroeder
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ATCHISON, KAS. — Inclusion Technologies L.L.C. has acquired the assets of AnaCon Foods Co., including a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Atchison that will serve as headquarters for Inclusion. Inclusion, a new ingredient and management company, is focused on investments and acquisitions in the food inclusion category.

Beginning this summer, Inclusion will produce food ingredient products for the industrial market, including a line of nut-free ingredients and other customized inclusions, clusters, nut replacers and nut extenders.  Manufacturing will take place in the Atchison nut-free facility.

Prior to closing in December 2013, AnaCon produced snacks and food ingredient products marketed under such names as Wheat Nuts, Bowlby’s Bits, Mix-Ups, Bits-O-Flavor and Wheat Germ Nuts. The company created inclusions and particulates that duplicate the characteristic flavors, colors, textures and appearance of nuts, fruits and sweet ingredients used by food processors in formulated products.

“We are very excited to acquire these unique and proprietary assets, which we will modernize and reposition under our new ownership and direction,” said Christopher Jansen, president of Inclusion. “The plant, processes and diverse product technologies offer our new business a very strong platform to build a larger, more diversified inclusion business upon.”

Future plans for the facility include expanding capabilities to include product coating, panning, enrobing, and additional clustering, Inclusion said. The company said it plans to hire 17 employees over the next five years.

“Inclusion Technologies investment in the AnaCon Foods manufacturing facility is another sign of the strength of Kansas’ food processing industry,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “As this industry continues its rapid development in our state, companies such as Inclusion are contributing to our robust economic growth through job creation and capital investment.”
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READER COMMENTS (78)

By carl stebelton 10/16/2015 7:23:58 PM
sure hope you get the wheat nuts back on the market. need them for a recipe that I used them in . could use a case.

By carolyn wilson 10/10/2015 8:07:00 PM
Hoping to find wheat nuts again.

By H K Speed Klinzing 9/7/2015 8:42:18 PM
My wife is a big fan of 'Wheat Nuts' in a 6 oz jar. Where may we buy a case of Wheat Nuts??

By Dennis Reid 8/11/2015 4:17:00 PM
Yes, Wheat Nuts are indeed available for consumer purchase again at nadanut.com. The packaging has been modernized and upgraded from the old red 7 oz plastic jar to a new 8 oz stand up resealable pouch. Different look, same great product inside.

By Suzi 8/5/2015 8:34:22 AM
if you go to nadanut.com it allows you to make purchases but they come in bags, not the red bottle anymore but I was able to purchase some finally!

By Suzi 8/5/2015 6:50:29 AM
Please keep us posted on Wheat Nuts. It is a family favorite, and I ended up getting many friends hooked on it!! Told them I will always keep looking for them! Thank you!! :)

By Pat Burnell 7/31/2015 2:48:20 PM
PLEASE BRING BACK WHEAT NUTS....MY GRANDSON HAS A NUT ALLERGY AND CAN EAT THESE....I LOVE THEM TOO....

By Karen Wilcox 7/30/2015 5:41:24 PM
I have been looking for wheat nuts and they are no longer available. PLEASE BRING THEM BACK. I know a facebook group with several people asking about them. Some of them are people looking to have them in their stores.

By Anthony Cerasoli 7/21/2015 9:13:04 PM
Are you still producing Wheat Nut Snacks? If so, where can I buy them?

By marlene zick 7/21/2015 10:41:54 AM
Have been looking in every store that sells snacks to try to find Wheat Nuts! Just saw a jar on Price is Right tv program. Are they available again? If so, where can I buy them?

By Julie K. 7/17/2015 8:07:58 PM
@ Dennis Reid, OMG Patience is not one of my many virtues and am consistently drooling even more as I wait for that announcement. Soon? Soon? Oh I hate that word.

By Margrit 7/4/2015 12:34:02 PM
Please tell me when I can purchasr Wheat Nuts again... I adore them, and can't imagine why they were discontinued .

By Carrie Ann Leilani baltazar 7/3/2015 11:35:10 PM
aloha and thank you for bringing back the mother load of anacon wheat nuts back in ??

By susan 6/26/2015 7:42:56 PM
Will you be bringing back wheat nuts?

By Dorene Messieri 6/17/2015 12:36:20 PM
I am hoping to find the product formerly known as Anacon Wheat Nuts in jar with red cover?? Your help in doing so will be greatly appreciated.

By James J. Schultz 6/13/2015 2:25:08 PM
A friend turned me on to Wheat Nuts back in '77, love 'em then and still love 'em now.. Bring them back..

By Dennis Reid 6/13/2015 6:37:08 AM
To all you loyal Wheat Nut fans. Please keep an eye on Inclusion Technologies' website and our Twitter and Linked In accounts because we will be making an announcement soon. Wheat Nuts are coming back!!

By Dennis Reid 6/13/2015 6:36:47 AM
To all you loyal Wheat Nut fans. Please keep an eye on Inclusion Technologies' website and our Twitter and Linked In accounts because we will be making an announcement soon. Wheat Nuts are coming back!!

By Dennis Reid 6/13/2015 6:36:06 AM
To all you loyal Wheat Nut fans. Please keep an eye on Inclusion Technologies' website and our Twitter and Linked In accounts because we will be making an announcement soon. Wheat Nuts are coming back!!

By Christina Shipman 6/8/2015 4:56:40 PM
We need Wheatnuts, my FIL cannot eat regular nuts and loves Wheatnuts. Has anyone been able to find them anywhere?

By Sam Hazlewood 5/26/2015 6:52:06 PM
Would like to know if you are continuing to produce and sell Wheat Nuts or something similar? If so, where can I purchase them. I live in Traverse City Michigan 49685 If not available here, I would be willing to buy them online. I really miss them since the Meijer store no longer carries them. Thank you!

By Robert Speer 5/26/2015 8:11:13 AM
Give me my Wheat Nuts back please

By Leslie Delemeester 4/3/2015 10:19:48 PM
I would love to see Wheat Nuts available again! Missing them in Michigan!

By Lee B 4/3/2015 3:44:49 PM
We miss Wheat Nuts, just as the others before me have expressed. It was, and hopefully will again be a great product. My wife is also looking forward to them again. With the price of all sorts of nuts being so high now, Wheat Nuts would be a winner if marketed aggressively! Don't waste this opportunity!! Again, Please bring back Wheat Nuts!!!!!!!!

By donald sewalish 3/14/2015 9:57:32 AM
miss wheat nuts for Eeaster baking due to allergies to nuts.how can I buy them?

By Don Thompson 3/12/2015 3:02:26 PM
I have been searching for Wheat Nuts for months. Are they still available, and how can I get them? Thanks

By David G. 3/6/2015 9:25:05 PM
Miss Wheat Nuts! Please bring them back soon. Been munching on them since 1983, the ultimate munch. Advertise them too, you have a winner.

By Marie 3/6/2015 3:50:05 PM
Was wondering if you are still carryin a product called Wheat Nuts? Kindly advise where I can purhcase them either in person or thru ordering on line. Thanks. 338432

By Judy Harenza 3/3/2015 1:31:06 PM
Will you be selling wheat nuts. I need them for a mix I make and I can't find them anywhere.. Thank you

By amy padula 3/2/2015 7:33:28 PM
Where can I purchase wheat nuts?

By amy padula 3/2/2015 7:33:28 PM
Where can I purchase wheat nuts?

By frank wojciechowske 2/23/2015 9:08:10 PM
where can it buy wheat nut in Bellingham wa

By Mary 2/23/2015 2:44:29 AM
Please bring back Wheat Nuts soon!

By Ginni Overberg 2/22/2015 5:42:12 PM
Wondering why I cannot find Wheat Nuts anywhere. Did you discontinue them when you bought AnaCon? Are you going to start producing them again? Thank you.

By cathy holman 2/19/2015 4:45:11 PM
I would like to buy some wheatnuts (former anacon product) and cannot locate any. Can you help?? zip code 97367 Lincoln city,oregon

By David 2/17/2015 8:35:14 PM
When and where can I buy Wheat nuts near zip code 91343?

By David 2/17/2015 8:26:01 PM
When and where can I buy wheatnuts?

By Merlyne Sawyer 2/17/2015 5:15:33 PM
I came across "Wheat Nuts" many years ago, only in one small store. Then, no more. Been looking all over for them! Hope they come back SOON!

By Elise Nowlan 2/12/2015 4:55:31 PM
Please, please, please bring back Wheat Nuts. I miss them so much :(

By rosie o'loughlin 2/12/2015 11:31:12 AM
where's my favorite snack wheat nuts???

By Carol Pitts 2/11/2015 1:59:28 PM
WHEAT NUTS -- please

By Barbara J Swanson 2/10/2015 3:00:34 PM
I was a part of their R&D team back in the late 1980's when Kostas Tsantir was President. Working for AnaCon Foods was my favorite. Currently looking for R&D opportunity.

By Frank Cruice 2/9/2015 4:33:51 AM
We really miss getting our "Wheat Nuts". We got them from our local Shop Rite in NJ and Publix in FL. Hope you make them and in the same looking container. Good Luck

By Valerie 2/8/2015 7:41:06 PM
I was so interested in finding out if you will continue to manufacture Wheat Nuts.

By Glen Takeshita 2/1/2015 10:37:57 PM
Please let me know when the Whestnutd become available. We need some in Hawaii!!! Thank you

By Linda Sambo 2/1/2015 1:10:11 AM
Can't wait to get some Wheat nuts again.

By Marsha 1/30/2015 6:37:45 PM
Please bring back Wheat Nuts!!!!! Please bring them back soon, my niece cannot eat nuts and this is the best product ever for someone with a peanut allergy. When, where and how will they be sold?

By Lala Berswick 1/27/2015 7:24:46 PM
PLEASE bring back Wheat Nuts!!! Wheat Nuts! Wheat Nuts!! THIS PRODUCT is SO GREAT for us with nut allergies!! Wwill they be available for purchase ?

By Chris P 12/31/2014 1:40:04 PM
In further discussion with Dennis, they still own the rights to the Wheat Nuts name & once they are able to sell through the retail distribution channel, it will still be marketed as Wheat Nuts. I was wrong in my statement further down stating that Wheat Nuts is now Nadanut; my apologies. The Nadanut product line is slightly different. They are essentially nut replacers and extenders and are flavored to taste like specific nuts such as pecans, walnuts, cashews and pistachio. Although not confirmed, there is a definite possibility that once they are able to sell smaller units of the Wheat Nuts product to the consuming public, potentially, their entire line could become available through this channel. This is good news for any person or family member/friend of someone with a nut allergy you want to bake for. Again, best place to keep up to date with the latest information is on their website, Twitter or Linked In. Best regard!

By Chris P 12/31/2014 9:04:17 AM
FYI...Dennis Reid is the VP for Sales and Marketing at Inclusion Technologies LLC. Thank you Dennis for the update!

By Dennis Reid 12/31/2014 8:54:55 AM
Thank you for your nice emails and for your loyalty and interest in the Wheat Nuts product. As you can imagine, once there is a supply interruption in the retail channel, it is very hard to get reestablished some months later. We bought the assets in April and we were not able to produce any product in the plant until late October, so the market gap has been almost a year now. Given the large expense and amount of resources involved with trying to get the retail business re-established for only two facings and sku's (Wheat Nuts and Unsalted Wheat Nuts), we have decided to focus on the Industrial Ingredients business instead for now. However, we want you to know that we are actively looking for a retail Distribution partner that already has retail presence and could add these two sku's to their existing facings and can effectively negotiate the slotting fees and support expectations accordingly. In addition to this, we are also actively discussing the option of making Wheat Nuts available online through some type of eStore, but we have to figure out a consumer-friendly packaging option for this first, because right now we are only packing product in bulk. Please keep you eye on our website, or our Twitter or Linked In pages, for any change in this situation because we will post this as soon as we are able to offer Wheat Nuts to the consuming public again. Have a Happy New Year and we hope that in 2015, you will once again be able to have your Wheat Nuts!

By Chris P 12/30/2014 4:18:35 PM
WheatNuts are now NadaNut. Go to Inclusion Technologies website. I don't think this system is allowing me to add the web address or phone numbers in the comments but Google Nadanut - Inclusion Technologies. Not sure if you have to order directly through them or take the information to your local grocery store but hope this helps! Good luck everyone!

By Leah 12/29/2014 12:51:45 AM
Please make Wheat Nuts again! They are a great alternative for people with nut allergies. Also I absolutely LOVE them!

By Elvia 12/24/2014 11:00:46 AM
PLEASE START SELLING Wheat Nuts!!! Wheat Nuts! Wheat Nuts!! THIS PRODUCT IS IN HIGH DEMAND!!! When will they be available for purchase again???

By Sean 12/22/2014 8:14:47 AM
please produce wheat nuts! We miss them dearly!

By Angela Bahn 12/20/2014 2:14:03 PM
Just wanted to check on the status of the Wheat nuts availability? I use to buy them through Walmart & Amazon online and some local grocery stores. We really miss them and appreciate such a product due to nut allergies in the family. We are in York, Pa 17407.

By Gayle Burrow 12/17/2014 11:16:56 AM
Please let me know when Wheat Nuts are available as they are a special part of our Christmas as both my husband and son-in-law are allergic to nuts.

By Gayle Burrow 12/17/2014 11:15:39 AM
Please make Wheat Nuts available. They are a part of our Christmas Chex Mix as my husband and son in law are allergic to nuts. Let me know when they are available

By Bernadette Scalf 12/15/2014 12:57:21 AM
I too am hoping to hear that wheat nuts will be produced again!! Have been on the search for them for years!!!

By nancy pollard 12/14/2014 9:12:33 PM
I miss wheat nuts. Found this page while looking for a recipe to make my own. We are desperate for wheat nuts. Please bring them back.

By shannon 12/14/2014 1:46:36 PM
Love the Wheat Nuts!! Please bring them back and please make more available. Great product!

By Barbara wandro 12/13/2014 12:00:12 PM
Love Wheat Nuts. Can't find them anymore? Waterloo IA

By Cheryl Hamrick 12/12/2014 12:58:57 PM
Do your still make wheat nuts? If so, where can I buy them (zip code 37421) If you have stopped making them, please consider making them again! Thanks!

By Anne 12/12/2014 1:34:18 AM
Please put me on the list for wheat nut seekers. This snack was a favorite of my deceased Mother. I would bring her a jar with a weekly visit. My kids called them "grandma snacks" We were able to enjoy fond memories of "grandma snacks" as I bought them every time my now grown children visit and every holiday. Sadly my grandkids tasted Wheat Nuts once, please bring them back!

By Janice Baker 12/10/2014 3:30:09 PM
Does this mean that Wheat Nuts will no longer be available? I am having no luck in finding them--always use them in Chex Mix as can't have peanuts. I live near Rochester, MN.

By susan Tewksbury 12/8/2014 8:27:25 PM
I saw that your company bought anacon food. I am looking looking for wheat nuts

By Doug 12/7/2014 11:52:54 AM
Are the Wheat Nuts Still available as Dillons has stop carrying them. Thanks

By Ginny 12/2/2014 11:51:02 AM
My son has a very SEVERE allergy to nuts and I always put a LOT of wheat nuts in my party mix. I have spent hours trying to find them and just found out that they are not available anywhere. Please tell me that you WILL make them again.

By Kathy Ryan 11/29/2014 1:11:11 PM
I have been using Wheat nuts products for years in my party mix at christmas. I used to use it more but the last few years the markets around where I lived stopped carrying it so I have to order from Amazon by the case. Are you still making it? and if so where can I buy some??? I am very dissappointed that I can't get any. I hope you have good news for me!!

By Kelly 11/19/2014 1:15:57 AM
Would love to know if and when Wheat Nuts will be back on the market? Or maybe if there is no plan to continue to manufacture them, perhaps we could get a recipe we can make at home?

By Rachel 11/16/2014 12:50:31 PM
Hello, will your company be making WheatNuts or a similar alternative soon? I love using them in my check mix! Please respond! Thank you!

By Margrit 11/14/2014 4:05:40 PM
Cant wait till I can buy Wheatnuts again.!!!!I love em love'em. Infor me when they are available...thanks .m

By lauraKievit 11/4/2014 8:10:36 AM
Please advise if you will be making wheat nuts again? They are a terrific snack for people with nut allergies. Please bring back the wheat nuts!!

By linda 10/29/2014 6:31:45 PM
Where can i continue. To buy wheat nuts. I love them n got my sister addicted. To them, but now i cant find them..

By JUDY SCHULTZ 10/26/2014 2:18:27 PM
OMG I JUST FOUND OUT I CAN NO LONGER GET WHEAT NUTS, THE FACTORY CLOSED DOWN, BUT WAS PURCHASED BY YOU. WILL YOU BE PRODUCING "WHEAT NUTS"? I SURE HOPE SO.. THANK YOU

By Linda 10/21/2014 4:48:35 PM
I would be thrilled if you bring back or come up with a replacement for wheat nuts. I can't have nuts so they were my answer to nuts.

By Wanda 10/8/2014 9:40:18 AM
Please tell me wheat nuts will be available soon! It is my secret ingredient in our holiday party mix! It is just not the same without it!! Missing one of our favorite snacks.

By Ray Nystuen 9/6/2014 7:28:40 PM
I and many others will miss wheat nuts !! Is there any product on the market like wheat nuts use it in my homage party mix. Especially now in football season