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Thursday, 23 March 2023 16:27

Bronconess Wines offers WMU students hands-on business experience

KALAMAZOO —  A pair of Western Michigan University students will have a chance to get hands-on business experience by running professional beverage brand Bronconess Wine.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Saturday, 18 March 2023 17:31

Gordon Food Service moves into Texas market with 6 new stores

Foodservice distribution giant Gordon Food Service Inc. has expanded to the Lone Star State with the addition of six new retail locations.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 16 March 2023 13:22

FlavorSum plans $10M expansion to double Kalamazoo operations

KALAMAZOO — Flavor manufacturer FlavorSum LLC plans to begin construction on an expansion project that will double the size of its West Michigan location. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 05 March 2023 10:54

Young urban farmers fight for limited land as Grand Rapids grows around them

GRAND RAPIDS — When the Great Recession roiled Michigan in 2008, Takidia Jenkins-Smith started a garden at her home in southeast Grand Rapids to stretch her grocery budget. She was 24 years old at the time with three young sons to feed, so she kept at it, eventually growing food for friends and extended family.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 02 March 2023 15:52

‘Spare me the outrage and show me reform’: Migrant worker advocates call for system changes in wake of child labor report

Michigan advocates for migrant workers welcome a new federal task force to address child labor violations, but say more policy change is needed to address systemic problems with the migrant labor system across industries, including food and agriculture.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 26 February 2023 18:00

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.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Wednesday, 15 February 2023 11:33

Meritage expects ‘transformational growth’ for 2023 amid continued M&A, new restaurant openings 

GRAND RAPIDS — Franchise restaurant operator Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. leveraged new store openings and price increases to deliver record sales for 2022. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
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

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