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Displaying items by tag: Long Road Distillers LLC

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
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
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

Sunday, 13 February 2022 19:00

MiBiz Growth Report: February 14, 2022

Here is a snapshot of company activity from our February 14, 2022 print edition.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 03 February 2022 14:38

Long Road Distillers plans new tasting room, Less Traveled, in GR neighborhood

GRAND RAPIDS — Long Road Distillers LLC plans to bring a tasting room called Less Traveled to Grand Rapids’ East Hills neighborhood.

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

Friday, 05 November 2021 12:49

Peoples Cider Co. plans expansion at new mixed-use development on GR’s west side

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Planning Commission approved a special land use request Thursday for a developer’s plan to construct a three-story, mixed-use building that will include a new expanded location for The Peoples Cider Co. 

Thursday, 02 September 2021 15:26

Broad Leaf Brewery unveils new gin, vodka with more spirits on the way

KENTWOOD — Jason Spaulding recalled in the spring of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic decimated the bar and restaurant industry and left him sitting on 400 kegs of dead beer.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 24 May 2021 09:51

MiBiz Growth Report: May 24, 2021

Here's the MiBiz Growth Report for May 24, 2021.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 24 May 2021 16:50

Whitmer signs legislation supporting self distribution for craft distillers

GRAND RAPIDS — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation that eases restrictions on the self distribution of spirits while also giving local distillers an easier path to bring canned cocktails to market.

Published in Small Business
Thursday, 13 May 2021 17:00

Long Road Distillers plans Cadillac tasting room

About a year ago, Jon O’Connor and his team at Long Road Distillers LLC explored potential locations in Cadillac but were not able to find the right fit.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 06 January 2021 14:11

Despite wide bipartisan support, Whitmer vetoes legislation to ease restrictions on distilleries

Legislation designed to put Michigan’s distillers on a more even footing with cider, beer and wine producers died on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk this week.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 30 August 2020 15:40

‘WE NEED SOME HELP:’ Michigan’s craft spirits industry seeks relief to weather pandemic, stay competitive

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and the supply of hand sanitizer dried up, nearly every member organization of the Michigan Craft Distillers Association rolled up their sleeves to pivot from producing spirits to making hand sanitizer.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 02 July 2020 10:01

New bar, restaurant coalition wants to set model for operating safely

A coalition of bars and restaurants started in Grand Rapids is “trying to build some solidarity” within the industry around managing facilities responsibly during the pandemic, following recent COVID-19 spikes linked to bars that led Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to close many of them for indoor service.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 29 June 2020 18:45

Kent County Health Department closes GR bar after video of large crowd

GRAND RAPIDS — The Kent County Health Department has ordered a downtown Grand Rapids bar to close after video surfaced this weekend of large crowds of patrons not adhering to social distancing and other measures to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 10 May 2020 18:33

Grand Rapids entrepreneur sees the full spectrum of economic changes

GRAND RAPIDS — Jonathan Jelks — a Grand Rapids entrepreneur behind a variety of startups in fashion, tech and hospitality — is seeing the full spectrum of economic changes brought on by the coronavirus.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 03 May 2020 18:03

Craft distilleries face ‘dire’ consequences as pandemic obliterates on-premise sales

Michigan distilleries that switched to hand sanitizer production are keeping the lights on, but they face a tough road ahead with on-premise sales at bars and restaurants at a standstill for the foreseeable future. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 29 March 2020 18:55

Arsenal of health: Manufacturers shift operations to meet needs during pandemic

Demand for the mobile computer workstations produced by Walker-based health care furniture manufacturer Altus Industries Inc. had already begun to spike as hospitals started setting up quarantine and triage areas in preparation for an influx of COVID-19 patients. 

Published in Manufacturing

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 05:05

Grand Rapids distillery lays off 50 to ensure employee income

GRAND RAPIDS — Long Road Distillers LLC has laid off 50 employees — almost its entire workforce — following a state order limiting bars and restaurants to take-out and delivery business.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 13 March 2020 16:55

Local bars, restaurants take precautions against coronavirus

GRAND RAPIDS — Restaurants and breweries across West Michigan are taking precautions to protect employees and patrons from coronavirus. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 01 December 2019 18:27

Michigan distilleries cite distributor troubles in making case for self-distribution

Order delays and technology glitches for one of the authorized liquor distributors in Michigan have craft distilleries calling for changes to the state’s Prohibition-era distribution system. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 16:53

Long Road Distillers plan Grand Haven tasting room

Grand Rapids-based Long Road Distillers LLC hopes to open a new satellite tasting room on the lakeshore.

Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:11

Muskegon manufacturer to offer custom-made distillery equipment

MUSKEGON — A lakeshore fabrication shop hopes to capitalize on explosive growth in the U.S. craft distilling industry by offering custom Michigan-made stills and other equipment. NexGen Mechanical Solutions LLC founder Scott Whitaker, a pipefitter by trade, over the last 13 years developed a niche in serving the region’s distilleries, including New Holland Artisan Spirits in Holland and Muskegon-based 18th Amendment Spirits Co.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 09 December 2018 17:12

Bills would uncork changes for Michigan’s craft beverage industry

series of bipartisan bills fast-tracked for the state Legislature’s lame-duck session would redefine the laws governing how Michigan-based alcoholic beverage producers operate. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 24 June 2018 14:00

EXPANDING THE PIE: Council includes broader representation from state’s craft beverage sectors

Vander Heide, the current president of the Michigan Cider Association, said the cider industry fought hard to be included specifically in the new law’s language outlining the council’s governing board.

An update to Michigan law is bringing a more equitable approach to how license fees from craft beverage producers are spent. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 17:45

Vander Mill, Long Road Distillers partner to produce brandy, apple-based spirits

Vander Mill LLC and Long Road Distillers LLC have struck a partnership to further capitalize on the growing market for craft spirits.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 25 December 2016 16:47

Diversity, uncertainty top of mind for West Michigan small biz executives

From craft distilling to artisan food to retailing to niche publishing firms, West Michigan’s small business executives are genuinely upbeat as they look to 2017. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 18 September 2016 16:35

New legislation could alleviate taxes, update antiquated laws for craft distilleries

When Bill Welter was searching for a location to start a distillery in 2010, he chose a site in Three Oaks, Mich. over his home state of Indiana.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 29 May 2016 11:42

Navigating a shifting market: Beer braces for eventual plateau, retail challenges; cider and spirits see room to grow

As the craft beverage industry matures, it’s attracted new entrants who may be more concerned with making a quick profit than with the quality of the liquid. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 20 March 2016 17:34

Habitat for Humanity gets $500K grant to preserve affordable housing

GRAND RAPIDS — With development transforming the west side of Grand Rapids, organizations across the city are working together to combat the displacement of existing residents and protect affordable housing. 

Published in Nonprofits

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