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Sunday, 29 January 2023 18:01

Training program launches second year of boosting agribiz leadership pipeline

Astatewide training program has launched its second cohort to build on efforts of bolstering Michigan’s pipeline of agribusiness leaders.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 25 January 2023 12:54

Next generation takes over leadership at family-owned Ferris Coffee & Nut 

GRAND RAPIDS — Ferris Coffee & Nut Co., a family-owned and Grand Rapids-based coffee and nut roasting business, has completed a succession plan that passes leadership to the next generation.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 24 January 2023 12:09

West Michigan startup selected for Gordon Food Service-backed accelerator program

A new venture from West Michigan serial entrepreneur Garrick Pohl has been selected to join a Chicago-based accelerator program launched by Wyoming-based Gordon Food Service and its innovation and investment arm Relish Works. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Monday, 23 January 2023 19:42

Battle Creek food and drink consultant expands to the East Coast

A Battle Creek food and beverage consulting firm has acquired a research and development team in Brooklyn that it hopes will expand its East Coast foothold and bring new ideas to Michigan.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 12 January 2023 15:17

Michigan Turkey Producers awarded $1.5M federal grant to bolster processing capacity

GRAND RAPIDS — Michigan Turkey Producers Co-Op Inc. has received $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to bolster its meat processing capacity.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 05 January 2023 12:19

SpartanNash acquires Upper Peninsula grocery wholesaler

BYRON CENTER — Food distribution and retail company SpartanNash Co. is expanding its distribution capacity with the acquisition of an independent grocery wholesaler in the Upper Peninsula. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Wednesday, 04 January 2023 17:23

Family-owned Hudsonville Ice Cream hires former Smucker exec as new CEO

HOLLAND —  Veteran food exec Tina Floyd will join family-owned Hudsonville Creamery and Ice Cream Company LLC on Feb. 13 as its next CEO, taking over for co-owner Denny Ellens.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 02 January 2023 17:23

Lakeshore companies experienced growth despite talent, supply chain challenges in 2022

Executives from 120 companies in Allegan and Ottawa counties overwhelmingly reported positive growth in 2022, despite continuing challenges they face when it comes to attracting talent and supply chain disruptions. 

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 29 December 2022 14:08

Eastern Kille to break ground on new Plainfield Twp. distillery, bar, restaurant

PLAINFIELD TWP. — Eastern Kille Distillery will kick off the new year with a groundbreaking ceremony for its new headquarters, distillery operations, bar and restaurant in Plainfield Charter Township.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Monday, 26 December 2022 12:26

Food producers, farmers expect continued buffeting from inflationary pressures

Consumers and producers alike have felt the strain as inflation has driven the cost of food higher, and they’re bracing for more of the same in the year ahead. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 21 December 2022 15:46

Raising minimum, tipped wages expected to cause ‘monumental shift’ for restaurants

Michigan’s minimum and tipped minimum wages are both set to increase in 2023, while pending litigation could cause even more significant changes for the hospitality industry that proponents say are overdue and some operators fear.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 21 December 2022 15:08

Meritage inks deal for portfolio of 43 Midwest Wendy’s stores

GRAND RAPIDS — Franchise restaurant operator Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. is expanding its portfolio of Wendy’s restaurants with a deal to acquire a group of restaurants in the Midwest. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Friday, 16 December 2022 16:45

Non-alcoholic spirits shop opens on Grand Rapids’ west side

GRAND RAPIDS — The mixologists behind a non-alcoholic beverage shop in Grand Rapids’ Downtown Market recently opened a retail storefront with a wide selection of zero-proof cocktail mixers, spirits, beer and wines.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 04 December 2022 17:39

Pair of West Michigan food banks plan ARPA-funded expansions

As food prices surge to record highs, a pair of West Michigan food banks — Comstock Park-based Feeding America West Michigan and Ottawa Food in Holland Charter Township — have secured public funding to expand their services and meet growing demands. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 21 November 2022 17:53

Perrin Brewing Co. partners with Grand Rapids Gold, plans beer garden at Van Andel Arena 

GRAND RAPIDS — Alpine Township-based Perrin Brewing Co. plans to open a new beer garden at Van Andel Arena under the terms of a sponsorship deal with the Grand Rapids Gold G-League basketball team. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Thursday, 10 November 2022 13:54

D&W, Family Fare groceries available for delivery under new SpartanNash, Uber deal

BYRON CENTER — A new partnership with Uber Technologies Inc. will allow customers of SpartanNash Co. stores to have their groceries delivered on demand.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 02 November 2022 18:16

New Shelby pet food plant, Holland cold storage facility expansion receive state grant backing 

SHELBY — Perdue Farms, a Salisbury, Md.-based food and agricultural firm, will invest more than $27 million to renovate a former food processing facility in Oceana County. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 28 October 2022 15:58

Old Mission Peninsula wineries contend zoning rewrite would edge out family farms, create ‘millionaires club’

As Michigan Agritourism Month draws to a close, a group of Northern Michigan wineries are left to wonder why the statewide recognition of the industry’s economic and social benefits continues to escape local policymakers. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Wednesday, 05 October 2022 16:04

Battle Creek Unlimited awarded $522K for food startup programs

BATTLE CREEK — The federal Economic Development Administration has awarded economic development organization Battle Creek Unlimited more than $522,000 in grants to bolster a pair of food startup programs.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 05 October 2022 13:12

West Mich. wastewater pipeline lands $60M in state funding to support agribiz expansion

A wastewater pipeline expansion project that local leaders and company executives say is crucial for agribusiness expansion in Ottawa and Muskegon counties has received $60 million in state funding.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
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

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