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Displaying items by tag: West Michigan Food Processing Association

Sunday, 30 January 2022 18:00

West Michigan projects shut out of lucrative federal grant program

Late last year, the U.S. Department of Commerce named 60 finalists across the country that each could be eligible for up to $100 million in grants to support regional economic development initiatives. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 02 January 2022 18:26

Food incubators, accelerators on the rise in West Michigan

KALAMAZOO — When it first opened in 2008, the Can-Do Kitchen in Kalamazoo provided an avenue for budding food entrepreneurs to take their businesses outside of their homes and into a professional kitchen.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 21 November 2021 17:20

GROWTH CLUSTER: Food processing sector, supply chain ramps up to meet demand

With a $205 million expansion project in Holland Charter Township, frozen foods producer Request Foods Inc. is essentially doubling down on its commitment to the region where it got its start more than three decades earlier. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 15 August 2021 16:22

Muskegon-based Kaja’s Flavor scales up, joins West Mich. food accelerator

MUSKEGON — Kaja Thornton-Hunter unknowingly laid the groundwork for her young business several years ago when she hosted a crab boil at her home.

Published in Small Business
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, 23 May 2021 18:00

Food producers adapt after pandemic alters business models

As a producer that heavily supplies the food service industry, Swanson Pickle Co. Inc. had to make profound adjustments to its sales channels when the COVID-19 pandemic changed buying habits.

Published in Food/Agribusiness


Friday, 19 March 2021 15:58

West Michigan food processing incubator opens in Muskegon

MUSKEGON — An 8,000-square-foot food processing business incubator in Muskegon is now open and accepting new tenants.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 03 January 2021 11:51

MiBiz Growth Report: January 3, 2021

Here is the MiBiz growth report for January 3, 2021.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 13 October 2020 16:31

Federal grant to support launch of West Michigan food research center, incubator

A West Michigan food processing research center and incubator is among beneficiaries of federal grant funding to bolster small businesses in West and Southwest Michigan.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 11 October 2020 19:00

West Michigan Food Processing Association helps companies tackle COVID-19 challenges

Under the guidance of Executive Director Marty Gerencer, the West Michigan Food Processing Association incorporated as a 501(c)(6) in February with a multi-pronged approach to support the food industry across a five-county region.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 07 October 2020 13:13

Agriculture relief grants come at ‘critical time’ for farms, food processors

Dozens of Michigan farms and food processors have been awarded $15 million in COVID-19 relief grants to create safer work conditions for employees and protect the food industry as a whole, state officials announced Wednesday.

Published in Food/Agribusiness