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South Dakota popcorn manufacturer making a name for itself

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LOWER BRULE, S.D. (AP) - A tribally owned popcorn manufacturer in South Dakota is gaining accolades for its value-added products.

Situated on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation, Lakota Foods is the first and only Native American-owned company that produces, packages and distributes popcorn. The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe started the business about seven years ago and now produces about 17 million pounds of popcorn each year.

Barry Heiss is the manager of the Lower Brule Farm Corp. He says Lakota Foods is unique because the popcorn is raised, cleaned and packaged in South Dakota.

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Kathleen Merrigan recently toured the Lakota Foods plant while learning about South Dakota's agriculture industry.

She boasted about Lakota Foods' products and the jobs it provides to tribal members.

 

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