It is a sweet day in Hopkinsville, KY, now officially known as the Batter Capital of the World®.
Known for the production of globally recognizable products such as Ghirardelli brownie mix, Krusteaz products (including pancake, waffle, muffin mix and more), Cracker Barrel biscuit mix, Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuit mix, SunFlour corn meal, flour, and a variety of others, it is easy to see why Hopkinsville, KY is the Batter Capital of the World!
“We are thrilled to officially be the Batter Capital of the World,” said Hopkinsville Mayor Wendell Lynch. “We are so grateful to the farmers, industries, and thousands of employees across several sectors that work every day to make this proclamation a reality.”
With successful partners in the community for over 173 years, Hopkinsville continues to be a beacon of food mix manufacturing. Anchor industries, such as Hopkinsville Milling Company which produces SunFlour products and is Hopkinsville’s oldest industry, made way for additional industries in the same market. The addition of Siemer Milling in 1995 and Continental Mills in 1998 continue to grow the daily production of food grade products and brands.
“Continental Mills is proud to be a part of this great initiative and declaration as the Batter Capital of the World,” said Don Ruddy, Plant Manager of Continental Mills’ Hopkinsville facility. “Our team works tirelessly to put beloved products on shelves across the country, and it is great to recognize that these household favorites are being produced right here in Hopkinsville.”
As the leading wheat producing county in the state of Kentucky, over 3.5 million bushels are harvested annually from 46,200 acres.
“Christian County has long been the leading wheat producer for the state and we are so proud of this initiative to bring even more awareness to the profound impact local farmers have on the global stage,” said Mary Beth Shackelford, President of the Christian County Agri-Business Association.
Local restaurants will have the opportunity to list their Batter Capital offering to be added to the official food tour, which will provide a great way to taste the home-grown offerings of the region.
“Christian County has always been known as an incredible agriculture rich community,” said Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble. “This declaration tells the world just how proud we are of our roots and the farmers and industries that make Christian County the amazing place it is.”
Visitors and residents can purchase specially marked packages of these locally produced items at the Hopkinsville Visitors Center, located at 1730 E. 9th Street. In addition, Batter Capital merch and Kentucky Proud syrup harvested by Maple D Farms and aged in a Casey Jones Distillery Bourbon Barrel will also be for sale on site.
“We are so lucky to have such a vibrant agriculture community here in Hopkinsville and Christian County,” Executive Director of Visit Hopkinsville Brooke Jung said. “We want visitors and residents to realize what a huge impact these vibrant farms and industries have on not only our community, but in producing iconic products for consumers across the globe. We hope that visitors and residents will take the opportunity to tour, taste, travel and toast in the Batter Capital of the World.”