Whether it’s a hearty steak or an organic tomato, the “farm to table” movement has taken the food industry by storm in recent years. Now, entrepreneurs Chad Morton and Kirby Watson want to bring that philosophy of ethically sourced, sustainable, quality products to the realm of coffee via their Direct Trade Coffee Club business.
The whole state of Michigan seems to be bursting at the seams with startup breweries, each with missions of locally sourced ingredients and sustainability. While those ideals are at the heart of a new startup brewery in West Michigan, the company is taking its business model one step further by becoming a cooperative.
Michigan’s first female head winemaker at a commercial winery was just honored by her alma mater for her role in the food industry. In August Purdue University awarded St. Julian Wine Co.’s Nancie Corum-Oxley the “Outstanding Food Science Award.” She spoke with MiBiz.
With a background in accounting, Scott Hammontree traded the life of a bean counter for the rock and roll life.
An ambitious five-year strategic plan for Michigan’s tourism industry aims to draw far more travelers to the state, boost the economic impact by nearly 20 percent and begin to take the “Pure Michigan” brand around the world.
Downtown Grand Rapids offers all the right ingredients to attract national restaurant chains.
Restaurant operator Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. announced it has acquired three Wendy's restaurants in North and South Carolina.
What was once a basement hobby for a dedicated few now has many in the state viewing craft brewing as an economic engine for the state.
A mere 15 months after launching an offbeat diner in downtown Grand Rapids, owner Ryan Cappelletti has reached the enviable position where he can hand over the keys to his fellow workers.
When Brewery Vivant opened its doors a year and a half ago, the company expected it would need to expand its brewing operation sometime around its fifth anniversary.
Dan Slate and Scott Hunt know a good business opportunity when they see it. In their case, the growing Michigan craft brewing industry needed help that they along with some key partners could offer.
With the 16-year-old Arcadia Brewing Co. running out of capacity its longstanding downtown Battle Creek location, Tim Suprise went looking for a new location. He shopped around all of West Michigan before settling on downtown Kalamazoo.
WEST MICHIGAN — When it comes to what Michigan represents as a place to do business, experts and business leaders agree that the state could use a makeover.
Most professionals dread large-scale meetings and events: the packets, the lines, the droning speakers. Even small, in-house meetings develop into sources of stress and angst. Companies both large and small have developed time-tested practices that smooth the wrinkles meetings and events can cause, even as technological innovation shifts the meetings landscape.