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Sunday, 06 December 2020 15:00

Demand surges for Michigan’s Christmas tree industry

If patronage of local Christmas tree lots and farms is any indication, then Michigan residents are really in the holiday spirit this year.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 03 December 2020 16:43

Railtown Brewing Co. eyes expansion with new cafe

DUTTON — Opening a business in arguably the hardest hit industry of the COVID-19 pandemic era doesn’t seem like a promising concept on paper, but Justin Buiter and his team at Railtown Brewing Co. are leveraging special circumstances to do exactly that.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:44

Founders temporarily lays of 89 workers, citing state restrictions on indoor dining

GRAND RAPIDS — Founders Brewing Co. has temporarily laid off 89 employees as the bar, restaurant, entertainment and hospitality industries cope with recent health guidelines handed down by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Monday, 23 November 2020 16:54

Factorial Holdings acquires 26 Burger King restaurants in GR area, plans to build 10 more

GRAND RAPIDS — Chicago-based Factorial Holdings plans to construct 10 new Burger King restaurants in Grand Rapids over the next five years.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 22 November 2020 17:31

Black Calder Brewing Co. brings new flavors, representation to craft beer scene

GRAND RAPIDS — Black Calder Brewing Co. is launching its first beer on Nov. 27, or “The Blackest Friday,” as the new brewery’s owners are calling it.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 22 November 2020 17:15

Facing widespread can shortages, West Michigan breweries weigh packaging options

Heading into 2021, Brewery Vivant has worked with its distributor to get three different six-pack placements into Meijer Inc. stores on a statewide basis. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Tuesday, 17 November 2020 15:56

Restaurant, hospitality groups sue state over latest COVID-19 orders

The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association and two hospitality businesses filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the head of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in response to new business restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 17 November 2020 15:47

GVSU partners with New City Neighbors for agricultural program

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Valley State University’s Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) has partnered with the nonprofit New City Neighbors to expand the Grand Rapids organization’s educational farm.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 13 November 2020 10:33

Two Grand Rapids dispensaries approved for recreational cannabis sales

GRAND RAPIDS — Two medical marijuana provisioning centers in Grand Rapids will soon be adding recreational sales.

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 12 November 2020 22:37

New SpartanNash CEO outlines operational improvements, acquisition strategy in first earnings call

BYRON CENTER — In his first quarterly earnings call with SpartanNash Co., newly appointed CEO Tony Sarsam began to outline his vision for the food distribution and grocery retail company.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 08 November 2020 18:20

Resilient and agile: Restaurant industry tackles a potentially long-term transformation as consumer behavior and buying patterns shift

Restaurant owners have had to get creative and at times take extreme cost-cutting measures to keep their doors open this year, indicating the COVID-19 pandemic’s long-term effects for the industry.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 08 November 2020 18:10

SpartanNash adapts to shifting consumer behavior

The COVID-19 pandemic has led many households to bear down in their homes over the last eight months, leading to an uptick in grocery store sales. In fact, many grocery stores struggled to keep shelves stocked with the panicked buying that took place in the pandemic’s early stages. Grand Rapids-based SpartanNash Co. — the fifth largest food distributor in the U.S. — was on the front lines of those efforts with its 155 corporate-owned retail stores and distribution business that delivers to 2,100 independent locations across the country. It’s also a leading distributor of grocery products to U.S. military commissaries. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 08 November 2020 16:13

Farmers navigate shifting supply and demand equation

Jeff VanderWerff is one of the rare professionals whose day-to-day operations have remained virtually unchanged throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 02 November 2020 12:58

Restaurant owners ready to comply with latest order, but question effectiveness

Restaurant owners are seeking clarification from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on last week’s revised emergency order requiring bars and restaurants to gather names and contact information from patrons. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 30 October 2020 11:05

Grand Rapids tiki bar owned by HopCat founder files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

GRAND RAPIDS — The operators of Max’s South Seas Hideaway — a downtown Grand Rapids tiki bar owned by former BarFly Ventures LLC President Mark Sellers III — have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 17:33

DeVos-backed spirits brand Jos. A. Magnus & Co. relocates from D.C. to West Michigan

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP — An award-winning spirits brand backed by the DeVos family is relocating to West Michigan from Washington, D.C.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 27 October 2020 15:09

BarFly assets sold to previous investors for $17.5M in bankruptcy auction

GRAND RAPIDS — BarFly Ventures LLC — the parent company of HopCat, Stella’s Lounge and Grand Rapids Brewing Co. — has sold its assets as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 21 October 2020 17:41

Old Mission wineries allege local ordinances unconstitutionally prohibit speech, commerce

PENINSULA TOWNSHIP — A group of Northern Michigan wineries and a trade group representing them have filed a federal lawsuit against Peninsula Township alleging that their businesses are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars per year because of the municipality’s allegedly unconstitutional ordinances.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Friday, 16 October 2020 13:44

Silver Lake Chicken Shack expanding with second location, new name in Grandville

GRANDVILLE — An Oceana County restaurant that has made a name for itself over the last decade for its rotisserie chicken wings is expanding with a second location in Grandville.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 13 October 2020 16:31

Federal grant to support launch of West Michigan food research center, incubator

A West Michigan food processing research center and incubator is among beneficiaries of federal grant funding to bolster small businesses in West and Southwest Michigan.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 13 October 2020 15:22

EEOC alleges hostile work environment, retaliation at Vande Bunte Eggs

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit alleging that a local egg producer created a hostile work environment for a former female employee and then retaliated against her when she filed a complaint about her treatment.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

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
Sunday, 11 October 2020 16:41

Ag 4.0: West Michigan farmers turn to evolving technology to bolster efficiency

ALTO — A key aspect of Industry 4.0 technology is finding a way to automate processes that are repetitive, dull, dirty or even dangerous.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 11 October 2020 19:00

West Michigan Food Processing Association helps companies tackle COVID-19 challenges

Under the guidance of Executive Director Marty Gerencer, the West Michigan Food Processing Association incorporated as a 501(c)(6) in February with a multi-pronged approach to support the food industry across a five-county region.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Thursday, 08 October 2020 16:31

Meritage reports Q3, year-to-date sales growth

GRAND RAPIDS — Despite the uncertainty that has accompanied 2020, Grand Rapids-based franchise operator Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. reported an increase in sales for both the third quarter and the nine months that ended Sept. 27.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 08 October 2020 16:13

Ann Arbor cannabis company continues West Michigan expansion with new GR dispensary

 GRAND RAPIDS — Ann Arbor-based C3 Industries LLC is opening a cannabis dispensary in southeast Grand Rapids on Monday.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 07 October 2020 13:13

Agriculture relief grants come at ‘critical time’ for farms, food processors

Dozens of Michigan farms and food processors have been awarded $15 million in COVID-19 relief grants to create safer work conditions for employees and protect the food industry as a whole, state officials announced Wednesday.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Wednesday, 07 October 2020 08:34

Hamburger Mary’s drag-themed burger bar opening near Grand Rapids

CASCADE TOWNSHIP — Hamburger Mary’s is set to open its first Michigan location later this month near Grand Rapids, bringing with it the karaoke, drag shows and drag queen bingo the restaurant franchise is known for.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 01 October 2020 15:58

Norton Shores coffee producer to expand reach with Molson Coors distribution deal

Products that leave the La Colombe Coffee Roasters production facility in Muskegon will now reach farther across the U.S. after a recent distribution deal.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 27 September 2020 17:49

To weather COVID, GR restaurant owners launch pizza concept that may stay long-term

GRAND RAPIDS — The owners of That Early Bird Cafe and Little Bird restaurants — like countless other businesses — have taken stock of what works well during the pandemic, both to weather the short-term disruption as well as set themselves up for long-term success.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

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