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Joe Boomgaard

Joe Boomgaard

Managing Editor

As a small producer of craft beverages, Sietsema Cider LLC often faces challenges when it comes to finding ways to package its line of hard ciders. Owner Andy Sietsema found that bottling his products yielded inferior results and proved to be a hassle for the company and its customers. However, as a startup, the company wasn’t in a position to invest in its own canning line.

FENNVILLE — A wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser Busch LLC has acquired a majority interest in a West Michigan-based hard cider producer, MiBiz has learned.

The company will go before the Grand Rapids Planning Commission on Thursday, Aug. 13 with a special land use request to add 1,200 square feet to double its production space at 537 Leonard St. NW, as well as expand its kitchen.

A decades-old provision in Michigan’s liquor laws has many of the state’s craft brewers crying in their beers. Their license fees, however nominal, go to fund agricultural research and promotion of the state’s grape and wine sector — not the beer industry or its agricultural supply chain of hops and barley.

Kalamazoo-based distributor Imperial Beverage Co. relocated its Southeast Michigan warehouse facility from Plymouth to a 25,000-square-foot building in Livonia, according to a statement.

Nearly three weeks after a previous deal unravelled that would have turned Steelcase Inc.’s pyramid campus into an educational site, the property has new owners.

A nonprofit subsidiary of the bankrupt Family Christian LLC has been selected as the winning bidder for the company’s assets, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

To meet the growing demands from thirsty consumers, Michigan-based craft brewers have rapidly scaled up production at their manufacturing facilities.

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