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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
Wednesday, 18 May 2022 11:01

Walters Gardens plans $9.15M expansion at Zeeland Twp. nursery

ZEELAND TWP. — Walters Gardens Inc. is investing $9.15 million to expand its operations in Zeeland Charter Township with a new 40,000-square-foot greenhouse.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 16 May 2022 15:23

Hospitality industry still struggling through staffing, supply chain shortages

A recent survey of nearly 150 Michigan restaurant and hotel owners shows that most are still struggling with inadequate staffing and supply chain disruptions, and almost all employers are raising wages for their workers to address staffing shortages. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Monday, 16 May 2022 12:42

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: West Michigan food producers on front lines of formula shortage

Four food manufacturing companies with operations in West Michigan are on the front lines of the ongoing baby formula shortage that is causing significant challenges for families with infants.

Published in Manufacturing
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


Tuesday, 03 May 2022 16:34

Unity Vibration Kombucha to expand with national presence after latest investment

YPSILANTI — Unity Vibration Kombucha LLC, a Michigan-based brewer and the first to develop a kombucha beer, has inked a deal with a national beverage consultant firm to expand sales throughout the United States.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 28 April 2022 13:19

Former Pistons star Ben Wallace purchases ownership stake in Kalamazoo distillery

KALAMAZOO — Green Door Distilling Co. now has a National Basketball Association Hall of Fame player within its ownership group.

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
Monday, 18 April 2022 12:45

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Siciliano’s Market transitions to new ownership

A Grand Rapids staple for craft beverages and food, Siciliano’s Market Inc. is selling to new owners after nearly 30 years on the city’s west side.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 17 April 2022 19:13

Breweries enter ‘make-or-break’ year as industry slowly rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic

With 2021 data pointing to a healthy rebound for the ailing nationwide craft beer industry, West Michigan brewers are heading into a pivotal year.

Published in Food/Agribusiness


Tuesday, 05 April 2022 13:00

Food producer The GFB to offset Kentwood facility’s power usage with renewables

KENTWOOD — Certified B Corp and food producer The GFB: The Gluten Free Bar is now participating in a Consumers Energy program to offset its Kentwood production facility’s electricity usage entirely with renewable energy.

Published in Energy
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

Sunday, 27 March 2022 18:41

State proposes guidelines for hemp farmers eyeing synthetic marijuana products

State cannabis regulators are formulating rules for hemp farmers seeking to convert their harvests into synthetic marijuana products that produce similar highs to THC-laden products.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:44

Michigan director appointed to new USDA equity commission: A Q&A with Poppy Sias-Hernandez, commissioner for USDA Equity Commission

Aself-described “west sider for life” who grew up in Muskegon, Poppy Sias-Hernandez continues to promote diversity, equity and inclusion through roles in the state and federal government. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed Sias-Hernandez as the first-ever chief equity and inclusion officer in the governor’s Executive Office as well as executive director of the state’s Office of Global Michigan, which seeks employment opportunities for immigrants and refugees. Most recently, Sias-Hernandez was tapped by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to serve on its newly established, 15-member equity commission that focuses on addressing historical discrimination at the agency and in farming communities. MiBiz caught up with Sias-Hernandez just before the commission’s first public meeting on Feb. 28.

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

Sunday, 27 February 2022 18:42

M&A Awards: Sale to Lion ensures legacy of Bell’s Brewery continues

Throughout his more than 35-year career at the helm of Bell’s Brewery Inc., Larry Bell was known for being one of the most outspoken proponents for independently owned craft breweries in the United States. 

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
Monday, 31 January 2022 10:43

8-week KVCC program prepares workers for thriving cannabis industry

Michigan’s rapidly growing cannabis industry spurred Kalamazoo Valley Community College to unveil a series of certificate programs designed to prepare a new workforce for the sector.

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, 26 January 2022 16:29

Square Roots, GFS partner on new Wisconsin indoor farming operation

Indoor farming operation Square Roots Urban Growers and Gordon Food Service Inc. are partnering to create a new farm in Kenosha, Wis.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 25 January 2022 11:39

SpartanNash plans California distribution center to better serve West Coast clients

BYRON CENTER — Grocery retailer and distributor SpartanNash Co. is leveraging a long-standing relationship with a West Coast partner to expand its distribution business.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Thursday, 20 January 2022 14:02

Holland company plans $31M cold storage expansion to capitalize on regional food processing

HOLLAND — Transportation solutions company Art Mulder & Sons Trucking Inc. plans to invest more than $31 million in a project to greatly enhance its cold storage capabilities.

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, 16 January 2022 18:32

Bell’s Brewery exec looks ahead under new ownership

The new year ushered in a new era for Bell’s Brewery Inc. as the iconic Kalamazoo-based craft brewer closed on its sale to Australian brewing conglomerate Lion Little World Beverages on Dec. 31. The deal partners Bell’s with New Belgium Brewing Co., which is also owned by Lion, while Bell’s founder Larry Bell walks away from the company. MiBiz spoke with Carrie Yunker, who oversees day-to-day operations at Bell’s as executive vice president, about the brewery’s future. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Thursday, 13 January 2022 20:28

Perrin Brewing parent company acquired by soft drink giant Monster Beverage

Soft drink giant Monster Beverage Corp. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the parent company of Comstock Park-based craft brewery Perrin Brewing Co.

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
Sunday, 19 December 2021 05:20

Craft distillers continue push for regulatory changes as they slog through pandemic

Still facing market pains ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan small craft distillers continue to lobby for looser state liquor control laws to help their businesses be more nimble and profitable.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

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