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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 12:51

State board takes first step to approve $225M bond for potash mining facility

The Michigan Strategic Fund has taken an initial step in approving a $225 million bond for a company pursuing a large-scale potash mining operation in Osceola County.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 14 September 2022 16:03

Michigan Craft Beverage Council seeks applications from distillers to qualify for reduced state markup on products

The Michigan Craft Beverage Council has opened applications for a new qualified distillers program, as well as for its annual research grant funding. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 11 September 2022 09:05

Moonshine and spirits company Sip Shine to purchase Harmony Hall space for new GR lounge

GRAND RAPIDS — Sip Shine LLC, a marketer of moonshine and canned cocktails, plans to open its first tasting room and restaurant in the Harmony Hall building on Grand Rapids’ west side.

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
Wednesday, 07 September 2022 12:13

Harmony Brewing Co. to close west side Grand Rapids taproom 

GRAND RAPIDS — Harmony Hall will be closing its doors on Grand Rapids’ west side as the owners of Harmony Brewing Co. LLC plan to move brewing production to another location to “maximize” distribution.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 01 September 2022 21:51

Greece-based snack food manufacturer to establish U.S. headquarters in Kentwood

KENTWOOD — A European manufacturer of natural snack food products will invest nearly $42 million to establish a U.S. headquarters in Kentwood and create up to 185 jobs in the process, state officials announced today.

Published in Food/Agribusiness


Friday, 26 August 2022 12:21

West Michigan investors, former Founders chairman acquire Irish whiskey distillery

A group of mostly West Michigan investors, led by former Founders Brewing Co. Chairman John Green, has acquired Natterjack Irish Whiskey maker Gortinore Distillers & Co. after partnering with the company’s founder to avoid liquidation, MiBiz has learned. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 25 August 2022 09:56

PE-backed FlavorSum acquires Mo. flavor maker

KALAMAZOO — Private equity-backed FlavorSum LLC, formerly known as National Flavors, has bolstered its platform with the addition of a fifth flavor manufacturer. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 24 August 2022 13:20

With new $2.9M grant, Hart to upgrade wastewater system to support food processing cluster

HART — Backed by a new federal grant, the city of Hart in Oceana County plans to upgrade its wastewater treatment infrastructure to support the lakeshore region’s growing cluster of food processing companies. 

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 23 August 2022 16:27

Royals in GR’s East Hills to relaunch as pizza restaurant 

GRAND RAPIDS — Royals is relaunching next week as a pizza restaurant after the former East Hills brunch spot underperformed since launching at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 16 August 2022 16:55

Bell’s Brewery launches scalable giving initiative for clean water

KALAMAZOO — Bell’s Brewery Inc. has launched a new charitable initiative that expects to distribute $480,000 in donations in its first year and support social and environmental causes in communities where its products are distributed.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 15 August 2022 09:54

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Zeeland facility to prepare major shipment of specialized infant formula

A Mead Johnson & Co. LLC production facility in Zeeland is set to receive more than 300,000 pounds of infant base formula to blend, package and redistribute in the coming weeks as federal officials seek to ease an ongoing supply shortage.

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
Friday, 12 August 2022 14:45

Zeeland-based Mead Johnson facility to process millions of specialty infant formula servings

ZEELAND — A West Michigan formula producer will import roughly 331,000 pounds of infant formula base powder this month from a facility in Mexico to be blended, packaged and redistributed.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 10 August 2022 13:14

Long Road Distillers to close Cadillac location, citing staffing shortages

CADILLAC — Long Road Distillers LLC is shutting down its Cadillac tasting room after a year in business because of staffing challenges.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Monday, 08 August 2022 17:58

‘LONG OVERDUE:’ Restaurant workers welcome higher wages, benefits as owners warn of closures

While restaurant owners have warned of impending industry collapse — or at least uncertain operating conditions — of swiftly strengthening the state’s minimum wage and paid sick leave requirements, their workers have welcomed recent developments that they say ensure economic stability.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 01 August 2022 14:33

Court ruling to raise minimum wage, paid sick time delayed to February 2023

Michigan employers will have at least six months to prepare for an increase to the state’s minimum wage and stronger paid sick leave requirements following a Friday court ruling that brought swift applause from restaurant owners.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 27 July 2022 00:06

Family owned food manufacturing giant Roskam Baking Co. sells to Chicago PE firm

GRAND RAPIDS — Roskam Baking Co., the quietly massive operation that helped put West Michigan on the map as a center for food manufacturing, has sold to new private equity owners after nearly a century as a family owned business. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 16:46

Restaurant service provider 86 Repairs raises $15.2M in latest funding round

86 Repairs Inc., a restaurant equipment repair and maintenance company founded in Grand Rapids, has raised $15.2 million from investors to support the company’s ongoing growth.

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
Thursday, 14 July 2022 10:12

Gordon Food Service invests in $595M food and retail VC fund

WYOMING — Food service distributor Gordon Food Service Inc. is among the returning investors in a Chicago-based venture capital fund that invests in the food and retail industries. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Thursday, 14 July 2022 09:52

Meritage acquires 6 Wendy’s locations in Florida

GRAND RAPIDS — Restaurant operator Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. is expanding its holdings in Florida with a deal to acquire six Wendy’s locations in Jacksonville. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 10 July 2022 13:50

Report: Spiking equipment repair costs add to restaurants’ challenges

Already pinched by an ongoing dearth of available workers, restaurants are also facing significant increases in their expenses tied to equipment maintenance and repairs.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 05 July 2022 15:52

New law slashes state markup for Michigan distillers that source grain from within state

Small distilleries and grain farmers in Michigan are poised to benefit from a new state law that incentivizes the use of Michigan-grown grains when producing liquor.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Tuesday, 21 June 2022 11:04

Kellogg to split into 3 separate companies under ‘next step’ of transformation

BATTLE CREEK — Kellogg Co. has unveiled plans to split into three independent companies and base the corporate headquarters for the largest of the three in Chicago.

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
Tuesday, 14 June 2022 18:19

SpartanNash acquires 3 Shop-N-Save West Michigan grocery stores 

BYRON CENTER — Food retailer and distributor SpartanNash Co. has closed on a deal to purchase the Shop-N-Save Food Center chain of grocery stores.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Monday, 13 June 2022 09:59

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: SpartanNash shareholders reject activist investor group’s board proposal

Following months of contention with an activist investor group, SpartanNash Co. shareholders late last week rejected an attempt to seat three new directors to the company’s board.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 09 June 2022 12:46

SpartanNash fends off activist investor group’s attempt to seat 3 directors to board

BYRON CENTER — Food retailer and distributor SpartanNash Co. has fended off efforts by an activist investor group to seat three directors on the company’s nine-person board.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 07 June 2022 17:13

Federal judge rules in favor of Northern Michigan wineries challenging local ordinance restrictions

PENINSULA TWP. — A group of Northern Michigan wineries have found relief from a collection of township ordinances that business owners said restricted their operations and limited significant revenue streams.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

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