GRAND RAPIDS — When John Van Tongeren became the owner of Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. in 1985, he did not imagine eventually passing it down within his family.
As the ready-to-drink coffee market gains popularity among consumers, West Michigan roasters are diversifying their business models to reflect a shift in how consumers approach the product.
While inventory remains constrained, the value of commercial real estate transactions continues to gather momentum in West Michigan.
GRAND RAPIDS — The new owner of Schuil Coffee Co. LLC hopes to leverage nearly two decades of experience in the packaged food and e-commerce industries to grow the 36-year-old roastery.
Grand Valley State University has acquired the 63,000-square-foot operations facility from Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. on the west side of Grand Rapids.
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• M&A: Grand Rapids-based Irwin Seating Co. signed a letter of intent to purchase American Seating Co.’s architectural fixed seating business in a deal expected to close in March 2017, pending due diligence. The business includes products for stadiums, auditoriums and other large venues. The company’s move to divest a “higher profile part of our business was an extremely difficult decision to make,” Chairman and CEO Ed Clark said in a statement announcing the transaction. The sale comes as American Seating seeks “to optimize its operations and resources in order to pursue significant growth opportunities” in its transportation seating business, where the company will continue to focus. American Seating intends to lay off 80 workers early this year as a result of the deal. However, a portion of that workforce may transition into roles at Irwin Seating, according to the statement. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. will consolidate its operations under one roof in Grand Rapids with the purchase of the former American Seating building at 601 7th St. NW
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• M&A: Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. has acquired Kalamazoo-based Lush Gourmet Foods, a maker of flavored peanuts and almonds. Grand Rapids-based Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. will allow Lush Gourmet to operate under its original brand, according to a statement. Lush Gourmet founder Bisera Urdarevik will join Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. as the company’s creative director of product development. Lush Gourmet’s production will be transferred to Ferris Coffee & Nut Co.’s Grand Rapids headquarters in early 2017, according to the statement. Urdarevik created Lush Gourmet in 2011 while studying as a culinary student at Kendall College in Chicago. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. has acquired Kalamazoo-based Lush Gourmet Foods, a maker of flavored peanut and almonds.