Sunday, 27 May 2018 21:31

MiBiz Growth Report: May 29, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for May 29, 2018.

Published in Breaking News

A West Michigan cider producer plans to open a satellite tasting room in northern Kent County.

Published in Breaking News

While they operate in the shadow of West Michigan’s brewing industry, local cideries, distilleries and wineries make up a growing piece of the region’s overall craft beverage scene.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

With more than 5,300 craft brewers already on the market, and many more scheduled to open in the near future, the craft brewing industry has started to mature.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

The expansion in the hard cider market cooled last year, with the industry growing just 10.8 percent — a far cry from the 71 percent reported in the prior period, according to market research firm Nielsen. But Andy Sietsema takes those national market trends with a grain of salt, largely because they don’t count craft cideries like Sietsema Cider LLC in their research. “Sales out of our place were up 23.5 percent through this fall,” he said, noting that he also hopes to add two new distribution markets in 2017. According to Sietsema, “constant education” remains a key factor in the industry’s continued growth, even if it’s at a more sustainable rate.

Published in Economic Development