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Michigan ag interests reach national stage in 2023 Farm Bill
Michigan farmers and agriculture experts say the state is poised to play a key role in the upcoming national Farm Bill, influencing both the political process as well as provisions involving climate change and insurance programs.
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.
Experts see local economic, food security benefits with planned potash mining facility
Astate board late last month advanced a key step in financing a proposed Osceola County potash mining facility that could lower fertilizer costs for farmers while delivering significant local economic benefits, according to agriculture experts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SpartanNash renews executive team under Sarsam, faces new proxy fight with investors
When Tony Sarsam took the helm of SpartanNash Inc., he noticed parallels between the West Michigan food solutions company and the previous company he led.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rural West Michigan businesses among recipients of $1.8M in state development funding
Several rural West Michigan businesses got a financial boost from the state to fuel new projects.
MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Multiple cold storage, food supply chain expansions planned in West Michigan
West Michigan is poised to experience multiple cold storage and food supply chain expansions totaling tens of millions of dollars as the region’s agribusiness sector continues to thrive.
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.
Welch’s to invest $26.2M in new bottling line at Van Buren County facility
LAWTON — Global food manufacturer Welch Foods Inc. plans to invest $26.2 million and add up to 57 jobs for a new bottling line planned at its facility in Van Buren County, state officials announced today.
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.
Charlotte ag business acquired by industry mainstay
CHARLOTTE — Grain handler and exporter Citizens LLC is being acquired by a fellow Michigan business with deep roots in the industry.
Square Roots expands produce distribution under latest deal with SpartanNash
Indoor farming operation Square Roots Urban Growers is expanding distribution for its leafy greens, herbs and other produce thanks to a newly-minted deal with Byron Center-based SpartanNash Co.
Michigan meat processors awarded $1.4M in ‘much needed’ federal grants
A few West Michigan meat processors are recent beneficiaries of federal grant money to help the meat and poultry industry as it bounces back from the COVID-19 pandemic.
New partnership brings MSU expertise to Muskegon ag accelerator
MUSKEGON — A new partnership is bringing Michigan State University’s resources and expertise in food processing to companies and entrepreneurs throughout West Michigan.