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Displaying items by tag: Founders Brewing Co

Monday, 04 April 2022 16:42

Revolution Farms CEO, former Founders exec ventures into first-of-its-kind bubbled wine product

John Green is bringing lessons he learned as an industry-agnostic investor and entrepreneur to a new craft beverage venture.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:34

New Founders CEO emphasizes ‘transformational’ innovation, international opportunity

As part of the second wave of American craft breweries, Founders Brewing Co. leaned on its innovation to help fuel the industry’s surging popularity over the last decade.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 01 February 2022 15:29

Founders names new CEO from affiliated brewery in Colorado

GRAND RAPIDS — Founders Brewing Co. has announced its new CEO just two weeks after one of its co-founders indicated he would be stepping away from the leadership position.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 30 January 2022 18:57

Founders CEO steps back after two decades of growing a craft brewing giant

In 1997, Mike Stevens teamed up with Hope College classmate Dave Engbers to turn their home brewing hobby into what is now known as Founders Brewing Co. It didn’t come easily, though, with 12 straight years finishing in the red, defaulting on two bank loans and staring down the barrel of bankruptcy twice. The Grand Rapids brewery eventually found its footing and became one of the largest craft breweries in the country. On Feb. 1, Stevens plans to step down in his role as CEO while still maintaining his ownership stake and serving on the board. MiBiz recently chatted with Stevens to reflect on his time at the helm.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 19 January 2022 15:59

Founders Brewing CEO stepping down; search for new leader underway

GRAND RAPIDS — Founders Brewing Co. co-founder and CEO Mike Stevens is leaving his post at the helm of the craft brewery in the coming weeks.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 21 November 2021 17:00

Bell’s, New Belgium synergies could unlock cost savings with deal

While Larry Bell maintains that his patrons won’t see any noticeable changes after the planned sale of his Bell’s Brewery Inc. to the parent company of New Belgium Brewing Co., the two like-minded breweries have several synergies they could leverage to unlock cost savings.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 04 July 2021 17:20

Revolution Farms brings automation to the greenhouse

CALEDONIA — Dan Vukcevich admitted that his only previous farming experience was growing up on a cattle farm that never made any money.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 28 February 2021 17:10

West Michigan executives reflect on a year of leading through a pandemic

After a year of reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic, it becomes increasingly difficult to capture all of the nuanced and at times discordant effects it has had on businesses. While some have thrived or pivoted, many others have struggled to hold on or closed up shop. 

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 20 January 2021 12:30

Founders announces sponsorship with NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers

With a relatively strong foothold already in the Philadelphia market, Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co. recently announced that it has become an official sponsor for NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 03 January 2021 18:00

As craft beverage waits out the pandemic, lingering supply chain and policy concerns remain

The COVID-19 pandemic has not doused Justin Buiter’s optimism in his future plans for his brewery. However, when Buiter looks ahead, he said 2021 will likely be spent regaining the footing his company lost during a gauntlet of a year.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:44

Founders temporarily lays of 89 workers, citing state restrictions on indoor dining

GRAND RAPIDS — Founders Brewing Co. has temporarily laid off 89 employees as the bar, restaurant, entertainment and hospitality industries cope with recent health guidelines handed down by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 22 November 2020 17:15

Facing widespread can shortages, West Michigan breweries weigh packaging options

Heading into 2021, Brewery Vivant has worked with its distributor to get three different six-pack placements into Meijer Inc. stores on a statewide basis. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:58

After 2020 cancellation, future of ArtPrize remains unclear

After canceling this year’s ArtPrize because of concerns over COVID-19, organizers of Grand Rapids’ flagship arts event and the largest art competition in the world have avoided questions about whether it will return.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 29 March 2020 18:30

CRISIS MODE: West Michigan execs talk leadership strategies amid pandemic

As a global pandemic began to hit West Michigan, executives around the region stepped up to lead their organizations and their employees through the time of crisis. 

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 12:21

Atwater Brewery acquired by division of MolsonCoors

GRAND RAPIDS — Atwater Brewery, a Detroit-based brewery with a satellite taproom in Grand Rapids, has been acquired by Chicago-based Molson Coors Beverage Co., one of the largest international brewing conglomerates. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 05 January 2020 17:06

Michigan craft beverage M&A to ease in 2020?

While craft beverage industry insiders expect more deals ahead nationally in 2020, the market in Michigan may be poised to level off. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 22 December 2019 10:22

Diversity advocate aims to continue beverage industry conversations in 2020

After a deposition leaked in the racial discrimination lawsuit filed against Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co., the brewery again made national headlines when Graci Harkema, its diversity and inclusion director, publicly resigned after less than a year in the position. Founders went on to settle the lawsuit, although the case has remained a topic of conversation in the craft beer industry. Meanwhile, Harkema has started her own business, Graci LLC, to focus on sharing diversity and inclusion best practices within the adult beverage industry.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 10 November 2019 17:00

PRICE TO PAY: In crises, companies seek delicate balance of legal, PR, consumer ramifications

popular Grand Rapids brewery learned the hard way that focusing on winning a lawsuit can cost a company in other tangible ways if it loses first in the court of public opinion. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 13 October 2019 21:00

Startups move indoors in race to find future farming solutions

Traditional, outdoor agriculture is profoundly dependent on climate, but high-tech indoor farms that grow premium, hyper-local produce for consumers year round may be commercially viable in the future.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 14 September 2019 20:11

MiBiz Growth Report: September 14, 2019

Here is the growth report for September 14, 2019.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 15 September 2019 19:15

Founders Brewing chair to lead ‘disruptive’ startup hydroponics farm

GRAND RAPIDS — A deepening partnership with a Spain-based minority shareholder provided Founders Brewing Co. Executive Chairman John Green the perfect timing to jump back into an early-stage growth company.

Published in Manufacturing

Thursday, 29 August 2019 12:30

Spanish brewer Mahou to acquire Founders Brewing

GRAND RAPIDS — Founders Brewing Co. is selling a majority stake in the business to the brewery’s Spain-based minority shareholder, MiBiz has learned. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 28 April 2019 18:29

CRAFT BEER ROUNDTABLE: For West Michigan brewers, adaptability remains key to survival in a changing industry

As more generations become exposed over time to the craft beer industry, brewers will face new opportunities to find growth and challenges to their existing business models. Add in a healthy dose of regulatory uncertainty and shifting market dynamics that could easily catch breweries off guard financially if they scaled up too large, too soon and it’s easy to see that the craft brewing industry remains in a state of constant flux.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 28 April 2019 18:22

Craft brewing industry growth stalls as competition heats up

In the hyper-competitive craft beer industry in which growth has started to level off in recent years, Old Nation Brewing Co. proves the exception to the rule. The Williamston-based brewery has garnered a name for itself with its M-43 brand, a popular New England-style hazy India Pale Ale that carries a suggested retail price of $13.99 per four-pack of 16-ounce cans.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Wednesday, 03 April 2019 21:21

Founders Brewing, Mahou San-Miguel acquire majority stake in Colorado brewery

Founders Brewing Co. has partnered with its Spanish investors to acquire a majority stake in a Colorado-based craft brewer.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 31 March 2019 22:15

Q&A: Graci Harkema, Diversity and Inclusion Director, Founders Brewing Co.

Graci Harkema wants to break the craft beer industry’s bearded white male stereotype. In January, she became diversity and inclusion director at Founders Brewing Co., where she’s working to give employees opportunities to “be their authentic selves and achieve their goals.” Her hire followed a pair of controversies at Founders.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 09 December 2018 15:35

MiBiz Growth Report: Dec. 10, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for Dec. 10, 2018.

Published in Articles

Wednesday, 19 September 2018 18:35

Controversy mounts over GR Chamber endorsement of Schuette in race for Michigan governor

The backlash against the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce over its controversial endorsement of GOP Michigan gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette continues to percolate.

Published in Breaking News
Saturday, 21 July 2018 13:03

Projects take shape along Grand River

In anticipation of a multifaceted effort to restore the Grand River through downtown Grand Rapids, numerous public and private partners are coming together to activate a number of key sites along the riverbanks.

Saturday, 26 May 2018 15:57

Maturing West Michigan Craft Breweries Embrace Automation

GRAND RAPIDS — In its first five years, The Mitten Brewing Co. mostly brewed beer to serve in its Grand Rapids pub and a satellite taproom in Northport on the Leelanau Peninsula. 

Published in Manufacturing

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