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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.

Global food manufacturer ConAgra Foods Inc. plans to scale back its West Michigan footprint. Omaha, Neb.-based ConAgra (NYSE: CAG) plans to shutter its operation at 4490 44th Street SE in Kentwood and layoff 260 people, according to a statement the company provided to MiBiz.

One Kalamazoo-based construction management firm sees opportunity by pursuing a key industry sector into the American Heartland.

A newly-formed joint venture between the Grand Valley State University Center For Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Saginaw Valley State University wants to encourage agricultural technology startups to drive innovation in Michigan.

The proposal for a business incubator in Ottawa County focused on agricultural technology could one day have a physical home, but the county first wants to see results from a virtual operation before it makes that investment.

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