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Displaying items tagged: agribiz

Sunday, 09 October 2022 19:31

Experts see local economic, food security benefits with planned potash mining facility

Astate board late last month advanced a key step in financing a proposed Osceola County potash mining facility that could lower fertilizer costs for farmers while delivering significant local economic benefits, according to agriculture experts. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 11 September 2022 05:00

Women break the craft beer industry’s glass ceiling in West Michigan

The substantial craft brewing industry in Grand Rapids seemingly has something to offer for every beer drinker. Yet despite ranking 13th in the nation for breweries per capita, the local industry has one glaring omission: gender representation. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 14 August 2022 18:00

Beverage companies seize on ‘mocktail’ movement driven by the sober curious

As a sober resident in a city widely recognized for its craft beer scene, Paul Clark struggled to find non-alcoholic options outside of soda, coffee or sparkling water. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 17 July 2022 18:44

Pandemic leads Michigan seafood processors to new retail-based environment

State officials are preparing to distribute federal block grant funding for Michigan seafood processors that significantly shifted from a wholesale to a retail focus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 17 June 2022 12:15

GFS partnership addresses industry labor shortage with robotic food prepping

WYOMING — As a food distributor serving a large swath of the country, Gordon Food Service Inc. is closely involved with the pain points facing restaurants and food service operations.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 22 May 2022 18:00

SpartanNash renews executive team under Sarsam, faces new proxy fight with investors

When Tony Sarsam took the helm of SpartanNash Inc., he noticed parallels between the West Michigan food solutions company and the previous company he led.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 18:32

Norton Shores coffee producer among West Mich. agriculture expansion grant recipients

State agriculture officials have announced $200,000 in grant funding to support a Norton Shores coffee producer’s expansion that would create the largest cold brew production facility in the United States.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 10 May 2022 10:48

SpartanNash, DoorDash partner to expand on-demand grocery delivery

BYRON CENTER — Grocery retailer and food distributor SpartanNash Co. has partnered with global tech company DoorDash Inc. to provide on-demand grocery delivery for a large swath of the nation.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 09 May 2022 17:08

Howmet foundation awards $200K for food science education in Muskegon

The Howmet Aerospace Foundation has awarded $200,000 in grant funding to provide Muskegon-area students with increased access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education through the lens of food processing and food science.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 24 April 2022 18:29

Legislation aims to bring clarity around liquor licensees’ charitable giving

Newly introduced state legislation aims to bring clarity to a legal gray area that has prevented some Michigan bars and breweries from using their businesses to fuel charitable giving.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 24 April 2022 18:14

Farmland preservation tools aim to lock in ag land uses for future owners

With farmland disappearing at a steady clip in Ottawa County, Julie Lamer and her colleagues are working to develop a toolbox of resources to preserve area farms.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 05 April 2022 11:40

Square Roots, GFS expand Midwest reach with new indoor farm in Ohio

Indoor farming operator Square Roots Urban Growers has again teamed up with Gordon Food Service Inc. to launch a fourth farm and further expand the duo’s Midwest reach.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

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
Thursday, 24 February 2022 17:52

Rural West Michigan businesses among recipients of $1.8M in state development funding

Several rural West Michigan businesses got a financial boost from the state to fuel new projects.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 24 January 2022 14:46

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Multiple cold storage, food supply chain expansions planned in West Michigan

West Michigan is poised to experience multiple cold storage and food supply chain expansions totaling tens of millions of dollars as the region’s agribusiness sector continues to thrive.

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
Wednesday, 12 January 2022 17:01

Welch’s to invest $26.2M in new bottling line at Van Buren County facility

LAWTON — Global food manufacturer Welch Foods Inc. plans to invest $26.2 million and add up to 57 jobs for a new bottling line planned at its facility in Van Buren County, state officials announced today.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
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

Thursday, 16 December 2021 16:02

Charlotte ag business acquired by industry mainstay

CHARLOTTE — Grain handler and exporter Citizens LLC is being acquired by a fellow Michigan business with deep roots in the industry.

Wednesday, 08 December 2021 16:48

Square Roots expands produce distribution under latest deal with SpartanNash

Indoor farming operation Square Roots Urban Growers is expanding distribution for its leafy greens, herbs and other produce thanks to a newly-minted deal with Byron Center-based SpartanNash Co.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 26 November 2021 14:07

Michigan meat processors awarded $1.4M in ‘much needed’ federal grants 

A few West Michigan meat processors are recent beneficiaries of federal grant money to help the meat and poultry industry as it bounces back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Tuesday, 03 August 2021 23:15

New partnership brings MSU expertise to Muskegon ag accelerator

MUSKEGON — A new partnership is bringing Michigan State University’s resources and expertise in food processing to companies and entrepreneurs throughout West Michigan.

Published in Food/Agribusiness