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For startup food vendors, gaining access to shelf space at major retailers such as Meijer Inc. and SpartanNash Co. can often mean the difference between remaining a cottage business or scaling up their operations to the next phase of growth.

Imagine spending time and resources to develop a product only to find out that you won’t be able to describe it on the label in a way you think best resonates with consumers.

Michigan hop producers have been on a growth streak in recent years, fueled by demand from the state’s craft beer industry for locally sourced ingredients.

As Michigan hops production spiked in recent years, startups have begun to recognize a need for another key locally sourced beer (and spirits) ingredient: malted grain.

With the acquisition of a West Michigan company, a California-based producer of specialty mushrooms plans to reinvigorate operations at a mostly idled food processing facility in Scottville, where it expects to grow
1 million pounds of fungi annually.

Michigan’s growing base of craft hard cider producers have joined forces in a new industry association that aims to improve the supply of raw materials and drive awareness of the beverage among consumers.

A Kalamazoo-based firm has developed new technology that it says could bring back some favorable cold weather- and drought-resistant qualities to modern corn crops without resorting to genetic engineering.

Farmers, food processors and other people with agriculture innovations have a new venture to help get their ideas to market.

When the founders of Long Road Distillers LLC decided to bring in an experienced professional to manage the launch of its spirits production later this year, they realized they needed to look beyond the local talent pool for help.

Earlier this month, the first six-packs of Lucky Girl Brewing Co.’s signature products started rolling out to Meijer stores and other retailers across Michigan.

Breweries and taphouses are far from the only businesses benefiting from the boom in craft beer production these days.

The proximity to market demand and a track record for producing quality produce has served as a catalyst for Michigan’s potato industry.

Michigan farmers targeting the state’s expanding craft beer business could benefit if a newly proposed “Farm to Glass” bill gains traction in the state Legislature.

As the West Michigan craft beverage industry begins to shift beyond beer, one West Michigan company has set its sights on producing the so-called “nectar of the gods.”

Ferris Coffee & Nut Co.’s acquisition of another staple in the West Michigan coffee industry has the potential to position the combined company for national growth.

Despite being decades ahead of the state’s craft breweries in coming to market, Michigan’s wine industry has yet to experience the same explosion in popularity.

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