Order delays and technology glitches for one of the authorized liquor distributors in Michigan have craft distilleries calling for changes to the state’s Prohibition-era distribution system. 

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GRAND RAPIDS — After more than three and a half years in business, Gray Skies Distillery LLC has rebranded as Eastern Kille Distillery, effective immediately, to coincide with the first statewide launch of the company’s bourbon. 

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Sunday, 18 March 2018 18:44

MiBiz Growth Report: March 19, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for March 19, 2018.

• M&A: Kalamazoo-based Imperial Beverage Co. will enter the Upper Peninsula market after acquiring the beer distribution business of Bayside Beverage from Highland Park-based Great Lakes Wine & Spirits LLC. The move also consolidates distribution for the MillerCoors family of brands as well as opens a new territory for Imperial, which now has four locations in Michigan, according to President Joe Cekola. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal included an 18,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Ishpeming, Mich. as well as distribution rights for Constellation Brands’ import portfolio, the Boston Beer Co. family of brands and a handful of craft beer brands, including Michigan-based Griffin Claw Brewing Co. and Latitude 42 Brewing Co. Imperial plans to hire roughly 20 employees as a result of the acquisition, including four employees from Bayside. A year ago, Imperial also expanded into spirits as an authorized distributor agent for the state. For Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, the deal follows an August sale of beer distribution rights in Traverse City and Petoskey to Grand Rapids-based Alliance Beverage Distributing LLC.

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 16:16

MiBiz Growth Report: March 20, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for March 20, 2017: 

• M&A: Grand Rapids-based fuel distributor Crystal Flash Inc. has expanded its geographic footprint into Southeast Michigan with the acquisition of Adrian-based Lenawee Farm Bureau Oil Cooperative, which has more than 500 customers. Two employees will stay on with Crystal Flash, according to a statement. Terms of the deal, which was finalized this month, were not disclosed. Lenawee County Farm Bureau Oil Cooperative serves agricultural, commercial, construction and home heating oil customers. Grand Rapids-based Charter Capital Partners served as financial adviser to Crystal Flash on the deal. The employee-owned company employs 250 people at 15 locations in Michigan.

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Less than two years after launching in Grand Rapids, ELK Brewing LLC now plans to open a second microbrewery and restaurant in Plainfield Charter Township’s Comstock Park district, MiBiz has learned.

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