At 21st Century Bean Processing, we’re committed to bringing our quality products to you. Since 1998, we’ve provided consumers with a wide variety of wholesale dry edible beans in small and large quantities, along with stone-ground dry bean flour. Owned by farmers, our company President David Leonard, Vice-President Alan Townsend, Board Members Tracy Cox, Bryan McKinney, Brent Linin, Greg Bellamy and the rest of our team are committed to providing the highest quality beans, and we have the experience to back it up.
We’re proud members of the USDBC, RMBDA, and NDBGA, and we’re WQS Food Safety certified. It all means that, whether beans are heading to a restaurant to dazzle your customers, or into your own kitchen to delight your family, we’ll do what’s necessary to deliver the best. For more information, contact us online or by phone today.
The processing division of 21st Bean located in Sharon Springs, KS is a modern, efficient cleaning and bulk packaging facility. The dedicated management and staff consistently provide high quality triple cleaned dry edible beans in packaging ranging from 10 to 2000 pounds. In 2018 the Sharon Springs facility underwent major renovation to add a state of the art cleaner and packaging machine. Learn more about our process!
Cleaning Process - Triple Clean System
Dry beans are run over a series of round hole slot screens. Our cleaner processes against the size of the dry bean in comparison to that of foreign material depending on the screen size, the foreign material either stays on top or falls through the screen while beans move on in the process.
- Gravity Table - processes against the weight of the bean vs that of foreign material. Through gravity the lighter foreign material makes its way to one side while the heavier beans stay to the other.
- Destoner is used to remove heavier debris from the dry beans. It removes a small percentage of beans from the flow, targeting dirt clods and any stones.
- Electric Eye (color sorter) is a high tech piece of equipment that has the ability to sort by color, size, and shape, sorting out any foreign material that may have made it through the previous processes.
The packaging division of 21st Century bean located at 1048 Old Hwy 24, west of Goodland, KS is a modern and efficient small packaging facility. Our highly motivated staff continually exceed production expectations and quality standards. Industry standard packaging lines meet volumes required for the growing national demand of multiple sized and branded packaging. 21st Century Bean takes great pride in the company’s efforts of providing packaged dry beans to USDA food assistance programs and food banks nationally. 21st Century Bean provides over 100 million meals annually to these programs.