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A supplier to West Michigan’s growing craft beverage industry plans to become the first company on this side of the state to take advantage of Michigan’s new crowdfunding law.

Saugatuck Brewing Co. plans to expand the distribution of its products to the Ohio and Minnesota markets, the company announced last week.

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.

The first Michigan company to launch a crowdfunding campaign under a state law enacted late last year has reached it goal of raising $175,000 in startup capital after it got a boost from a single major investor last week.

Rockford Brewing Company Inc. co-owner Seth Rivard has a new way to get his company’s craft beers into the hands of patrons at local watering holes.

Imagine setting up a manufacturing operation and not being able to ship your signature product for close to two years after it was made.

Partners behind a fledgling craft distillery in Grand Rapids think the city’s reputation as a haven for craft beer drinkers plays well into their marketing of small batch vodkas, rums, gins and whiskeys.

Mitten Brewing Company LLC plans to significantly expand its beer production capacity with a new facility on Grand Rapids’ west side.

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.

People's Cider taps into local growers

Written by | Sunday, 19 January 2014 20:52 |

The growing popularity of Michigan craft beer has provided the catalyst for one Grand Rapids entrepreneur to commercialize another type of alcoholic beverage: hard cider.

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

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.

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.

Q&A: Nick Nicolay, Kar's Nuts

Written by | Wednesday, 09 October 2013 21:00 |

Kar’s Nuts, an 80-year-old Detroit snack food company, has been slowly growing to national success. What began as one woman roasting peanuts to sell outside the old Tiger Stadium has now turned into a national operation. Kar’s has about 175 employees and expects to do more than $90 million in sales this year.

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