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Sunday, 27 September 2020 17:13

Report outlines restaurant maintenance strategies to reduce operating costs

Facing limited capacity and modified business models, restaurants in every segment are looking for all possible ways to whittle down costs.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 21 September 2020 15:50

Agri-Med opens first Ottawa Co. recreational cannabis dispensary, eyes future expansion

CROCKERY TOWNSHIP — Agri-Med LLC has added a third recreational cannabis dispensary to its West Michigan portfolio as its Exit 9 Provisionary in Crockery Township is now authorized for both medical and adult-use sales.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 18 September 2020 10:34

Tibbs Brewing calls it quits after 7 years in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO — With an uncertain future ahead and the opportunity to make a clean exit from his business, owner Kevin Tibbs and his team at Kalamazoo-based Tibbs Brewing Company announced this week that it would be shutting its doors.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 16:59

Alcohol retailers fill MLCC hearing opposing Total Wine’s GR-area plans

LANSING — More than a dozen statewide beer, wine and liquor retailers spoke out against a potential liquor license at the Michigan Liquor Control Commission Wednesday as corporate retailer Total Wine & More seeks to establish its first store in Michigan.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Monday, 14 September 2020 16:47

SpartanNash announces new CEO after recent leadership changes

GRAND RAPIDS — After the ouster of its CEO last summer, SpartanNash Co. has found a new leader.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 13 September 2020 16:40

Food startups lean on farmers markets, pivot sales to adapt to pandemic

Steven Martinez-Thiel put together a detailed timeline that would transform his love and expertise of breakfast tacos and Tex-Mex fare into a new food business.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Thursday, 10 September 2020 16:45

GR-based Cheeze Kurls acquired by Florida firm, will maintain local operations

Grand Rapids-based snack food maker Cheeze Kurls Inc. has been acquired by a Florida private investment firm.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 10 September 2020 16:15

Pigeon Hill Brewing expands to Florida with limited distribution

MUSKEGON — About five years ago, the fledgling Pigeon Hill Brewing Co. LLC in Muskegon shipped its beer out of the state for the first time when it sent a single keg to the Craft Brewers Conference in Philadelphia.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 08 September 2020 16:06

New owners of Greenville brewpub consider rebrand, renewed focus on brewing

GREENVILLE — Castle Brewing Co. has been acquired by a new team hoping to bring brewing experience and possibly a new concept to the Montcalm County brewpub.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Wednesday, 02 September 2020 13:01

Journeyman Distillery inks distribution partnership with Sazerac-owned firm

A new partnership will bring whiskey from Three Oaks-based Journeyman Distillery LLC to all 50 states.

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
Wednesday, 26 August 2020 15:57

Inability to refinance short-term debt pushes SW Michigan meat processor, cattle farm into bankruptcy

SCOTTS — The owners of a Southwest Michigan meat processing company and cattle operation say the businesses have fallen victim to the tight credit market brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Monday, 17 August 2020 15:00

$2.1M federal grant to fuel new food processing incubator in Battle Creek

Battle Creek Unlimited has received $2.1 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to develop a food processing incubator known as the Southwest Michigan Accelerator Kitchen.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 16 August 2020 17:40

Los Amigos restaurant surviving pandemic despite funding obstacles

MUSKEGON — Despite initially struggling to access COVID-19 relief funding, Ana Olson has kept Los Amigos Mexican Bar & Grill open with takeout orders throughout the entire pandemic.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 16 August 2020 15:29

GR company broadens food processing sanitization to help stop COVID-19 spread

A Grand Rapids-based startup is applying sanitization techniques long used in the food processing industry to a broader range of facilities in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 02 August 2020 19:31

Leveraging tribal sovereignty gives cannabis firm entry to off-limits Michigan markets

SAULT STE. MARIE — Lume Cannabis Co. has figured out a way to open retail marijuana dispensaries within communities that have blocked businesses that participate in Michigan’s adult-use market. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 02 August 2020 19:10

Food pickup, delivery service will source from Black, Indigenous, women farmers

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids native Alita Kelly saw a market need on the south side of the city and formed a pickup and delivery food service that will mainly source from Black and Indigenous farmers, as well as women producers. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 02 August 2020 18:20

Ag sector leans on AI tools to better inform crop, nutrient decision making

When 2012 brought a drought to the state, it had corn growers feeling a bit skittish about their yield potential, which caused corn prices to peak.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 02 August 2020 18:00

Though ‘late to the game,’ food retailers undergo major AI-powered shift

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, major grocery retailers were already shifting to a more futuristic shopping experience in which customers either pre-order online and pick up at the store or act as their own clerk by scanning items as they go. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 28 July 2020 16:37

Southwest Michigan poultry farm completes solar project

A Southwest Michigan poultry farm recently completed a $650,000 solar energy project to offset the facility’s power usage throughout the year.

Published in Energy
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

Monday, 20 July 2020 15:40

MEDC opens $1.25M in pandemic relief grants for small farms

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. is launching $1.25 million in grant funding for to help small farms mitigate pandemic-related costs.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 19 July 2020 17:35

Recycling company plans to reduce food waste for grocers, restaurants

GRAND RAPIDS — A recycling company hopes to help Kent County achieve its ambitious goal of diverting 90 percent of the county’s trash from landfills by 2030 by working directly with restaurants and grocers to reduce food and beverage waste. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 15 July 2020 04:54

State launches $115M grant program for small biz, agriculture relief

A pair of state grant funds totaling $115 million launches today as another source of financial assistance for small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business

Tuesday, 14 July 2020 16:28

De-escalation training available for bar, restaurant employees following mask mandate

The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association has launched a training program for bar and restaurant employees on how to properly de-escalate disputes with customers over pandemic-related restrictions.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Tuesday, 14 July 2020 13:08

Company set to open second West Mich. recreational cannabis dispensary

BUCHANAN — An Ann Arbor-based cannabis company is set to open its second West Michigan retail store for recreational and medical sales amid continued industry growth in the region.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 05 July 2020 10:32

Irie Kitchen rebounds after COVID-19 shutdown, vandalism

GAINES TOWNSHIP — Irie Kitchen LLC recently reopened for takeout, and proved it has a large base of support after raising more than $100,000 following vandalism in early June.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 05 July 2020 10:29

Tripelroot ‘reinventing new ways to stay relevant’

ZEELAND — Outdoor seating has been a game changer for restaurants and bars reopening this summer, making Laura Gentry even more grateful that she expanded outdoor seating space at her Zeeland brewpub a few years ago.

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
Wednesday, 01 July 2020 12:16

Whitmer signs bar, restaurant relief package expanding alcohol sales

LANSING — Michigan restaurants and bars are now able to expand alcohol sales as well as the area where patrons can consume drinks. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

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