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Kent Corporation Recognized as a US Best Managed Company

For the second consecutive year, the entire organization shares in prestigious award

MUSCATINE, Iowa (April 13, 2021) — Kent Corporation is proud to announce it has been selected as a US Best Managed Company for the second consecutive year. Sponsored by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal, the program recognizes outstanding U.S. private companies and their achievements.

The 2021 designees are U.S. private companies that have demonstrated excellence in strategic planning and execution, a commitment to their people and fostering a dynamic, resilient culture, as well as strong financials, all while facing the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite major challenges and immense pressure, they continued to lead with purpose and the vision to make significant contributions to their industries, communities, workforces and the economy.

“In 2020, planning was key. I am proud of the many thoughtful strategies set in place at Kent, which ensured the same top quality of products and exemplarily service, all while protecting employee health and safety,” said Gage Kent, Chairman and CEO of Kent Corporation. “The Kent team is committed to ensuring the best results for our customers in addition to having a special focus on serving our community. To be recognized yet again as a Best Managed Company is not only an honor, but also a true testament to our team’s commitment to address any challenge, no matter the size or scale.”

Kent is the only Iowa company on the list of 49 honorees, and one of 20 to have requalified for the significant designation.

About the Best Managed Companies Program

The Best Managed Companies program is a mark of excellence for private companies. U.S. designees have revenues of at least $250 million. Hundreds of private companies around the world have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates four key criteria in their management skills and practices — strategy, execution, culture and financials. U.S. program sponsors are Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal. For more information, visit www.usbestmanagedcompanies.com

About Kent Corporation

Kent Corporation, headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa (USA) is a diversified, family-owned corporation with operating subsidiaries involved in corn wet milling, the production of animal feeds, and the manufacture of food, beverage, personal care and pet products. Kent Corporation is led by third generation family member, Gage A. Kent. The Kent family of companies serve customers across the world and employ approximately two thousand people in 40 locations across 20 states and seven countries.

Kent Precision Foods Group Introduces PKLfreeze Pickle Pop

MUSCATINE, Iowa (April 1, 2021) — Kent Precision Foods Group (KPFG), a member of the Kent Corporation family of companies, announces its latest creation and new brand – PKLfreeze™ dill pickle flavor freeze pop enhanced with electrolytes. This new brand and product lineup will be available April 1, 2021 on Amazon and will follow in other Kent Precision Foods Group segments.

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Ag Startup Engine Secures Program and Investment Funding for Five Years

Kent Corporation CEO touts Iowa as providing necessary ingredients for startup ag businesses to succeed; says Kent is proud to support Ag Startup Engine linking industries, communities and country.

AMES, Iowa (February 9, 2021) – Ag Startup Engine, located in the Iowa State University (ISU) Research Park, announced they have increased their investor-member base and are planning to accept into their program and invest in up to 45 startups in the agriculture and food technology space over the next five years.

“We’ve essentially set out to triple our efforts by doubling the investor base,” said Joel Harris, Executive Director of Ag Startup Engine (ASE). “We’re extremely proud of the work we’ve done the last four years, including working with startups who have created over 140 high-tech jobs and have gone on to either exit to publicly traded strategic partners or raise over $30 million in follow-on funding. While our hypothesis to support early-stage founders seems to align with the agtech investment market, there is still more we can do.”

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Ag Startup Engine Accepts Mazen Animal Health Into Startup Program

Kent Corporation is pleased to be part of the Ag Startup Engine’s win-win investment toward advancing animal healthcare.

AMES, Iowa, March 1, 2021 – Ag Startup Engine (ASE), at the Iowa State University (ISU) Research Park, announced an initial $50,000 investment in Ames, Iowa-based startup Mazen Animal Health, with a goal to revolutionize animal disease prevention with orally-delivered vaccines. Mazen’s vaccine production platform enables vaccines to be produced in corn grain which after processing can be dosed with feed for production animals or as a treat for companion animals.

Dr. Jenny Filbey, the startup’s founder and CEO, said of the investment, “Joel Harris and Ag Startup Engine have provided tremendous support to Mazen in growing our network in the Iowa community and beyond. I am thrilled to be a part of such an innovative community making a difference in agriculture.”

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Kent Corporation Hosts Food Drive in Recognition of National Ag Day

MUSCATINE, Iowa (March 23, 2021) — In celebration of National Ag Day and Iowa Agriculture Day of Service, both observed on March 23, Kent Corporation has donated nearly 700 pounds of food to the Muscatine Center for Social Action, an organization which provides housing, basic health care, and educational support services for those in need in Muscatine County.

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