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Displaying items tagged: Vander Mill LLC

Monday, 12 October 2020 17:05

Vander Mill closing Spring Lake location to focus on Grand Rapids facility

SPRING LAKE — Vander Mill LLC is closing its original Spring Lake facility to focus on its Grand Rapids hard cider production facility and restaurant in what co-founder Paul Vander Heide calls the latest in ongoing changes for the business.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 27 July 2020 10:05

CAN-DO: Beverage companies say can supplies remain steady, despite rumored shortages

Dennis Grumm has heard these rumblings before. As the founder, CEO and lead engineer for Grand Rapids-based Oktober Design LLC, which sells can seamers to seal lids on cans so breweries can conduct small-scale or to-go canning, he’s used to hearing murmurs that the industry’s staple container might be in short supply.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 05 January 2020 17:06

Michigan craft beverage M&A to ease in 2020?

While craft beverage industry insiders expect more deals ahead nationally in 2020, the market in Michigan may be poised to level off. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 22 December 2019 11:37

Vander Mill focuses on cider quality with investment in new equipment

Alcoholic beverage producers that want to market their products beyond their home markets are facing many tough realities as competition continues to ratchet up and as consumers’ preferences shift in often unexpected ways (see: hard seltzer). For its part, regional cider maker Vander Mill LLC continues to expand its markets geographically as it makes sense and with the right wholesale partners, said co-founder Paul Vander Heide. To start the new year, the company is focused on commissioning a new large-scale apple press with the aim of improving product quality and margin.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 08 December 2019 15:37

Pabst to ‘lean in’ with New Holland spirits to expand beyond beer

As Pabst Brewing Co. broadens its reach beyond the iconic Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, the global drinks company is increasingly leveraging its relationship with New Holland Brewing Co. to break into new categories.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 06 October 2019 11:58

Pux Cider plans Grand Rapids tasting room

GRAND RAPIDS — Conklin-based Pux Cider hopes to open its first tasting room in early 2020 in Grand Rapids’ Midtown neighborhood. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 07 July 2019 19:00

Craft beverage producers sue MLCC, allege unconstitutional state laws, enforcement

GRAND RAPIDS — Tensions between Michigan craft beverage producers and the state regulatory agency appear to be ratcheting up with the filing of a new federal lawsuit, MiBiz has learned. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 22 July 2018 16:55

MiBiz Growth Report: July 23, 2018

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for July 23, 2018.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 08 July 2018 19:00

Feeling the Heat: West Michigan restaurant industry grapples with labor shortage

A struggle to find dedicated staff willing to work for minimum wage has one Grand Rapids pizza shop shifting to a focus on technology. 

Published in Economic Development

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
Sunday, 18 February 2018 20:05

Q&A: Paul Vander Heide, Owner of Vander Mill LLC

Vander Mill owner Paul Vander Heide has helped put Michigan cider on the map. The growing Grand Rapids-based hard cider producer makes more than 250,000 gallons a year and sells its portfolio of brands in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. With his election as president of the United States Association of Cider Makers during CiderCon this month, Vander Heide wants to help professionalize and grow the overall opportunity for the diverse cider industry. Over a couple rounds of ciders at Vander Mill’s Grand Rapids taproom, he spoke with MiBiz about the next steps he would like to see for his company, the USACM and the industry as a whole.

Published in Q&A
Sunday, 17 September 2017 12:41

Family-Owned Business Roundtable: Profits, preserving legacies and taking the long view

Running any business is challenging, but when you add the dynamics of family ownership into the mix, it creates an entirely different set of hurdles.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 25 June 2017 20:00

Sour Grapes? Lawmakers again try to revamp alcoholic beverage industry council, but questions persist

LANSING — A series of bills could open the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council to members from the distilling, craft beer and other alcoholic beverage segments.

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, 05 February 2017 16:38

Federal tax changes benefit craft beverage producers

Changes to the federal tax code implemented at the beginning of the year could alleviate burdensome financial and bureaucratic rules for many craft beverage makers. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 18 September 2016 13:28

West Michigan employers brace for new OT regs

Anew ruling aimed at giving more salaried workers access to overtime pay may have negative consequences for West Michigan companies and could ultimately end up hurting workers, despite the best of intentions. 

Published in Talent
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
Friday, 15 April 2016 10:11

Vander Mill Cider unlocks new capacity with $4.2 million Grand Rapids facility

After more than a year of construction, Vander Mill LLC will open its new taproom, restaurant and hard cider production facility in Grand Rapids on Monday.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 10 January 2016 22:34

BREWING CHANGE? New legislation expands Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council to other beverage producers

While new bills seek to grow the membership of an agriculture industry council funded by licensing fees from Michigan alcoholic beverage makers, the changes still exclude one key sector and its supply chain from the group

Published in Food/Agribusiness