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Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:37

Vander Mill Cider to invest $4 million in Grand Rapids facility

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Grand Rapids could soon be home to a new cidery.

The city’s Planning Commission today approved a special land permit for Spring Lake-based Vander Mill LLC to open a production facility, taproom and restaurant at 505 Ball Avenue NW, near the Grapevine Wine and Deli. Vander Mill plans to invest approximately $4 million in the new facility and expand its production capacity to produce around 1 million gallons of cider.

The decision to expand came as production space at the cidery’s original location had filled up, said Paul Vander Heide, owner of Vander Mill.

Part of the company’s growth can largely be attributed to the growing cider industry. The industry generated $1.32 billion in sales in the U.S. in 2013 after quadrupling from 2008 to 2013, according to data from Euromonitor International.

“Because of the rapid growth that we’ve had in Spring Lake, it’s been a fast horse to ride,” Vander Heide told the commission.

The company had entertained the idea of expanding to the lakeshore, but ultimately settled on opening a new facility in Grand Rapids.

Vander Mill will still operate a restaurant and small batch cidery out of its Spring Lake facility.

The new facility will include an approximate 4,300-square-foot restaurant and brewery with a capacity of 200 persons, along with approximately 52,000 square feet dedicated to cider production. Vander Mill also plans to operate an outdoor patio.

Vander Mill’s new location will be similar to that of craft breweries, “bringing in people that appreciate the beverage as well as the craft,” Vander Heide said.

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