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Friday, 24 April 2020 14:26

Gardening centers, greenhouses ready to open under modified state order

Michigan greenhouses and nurseries say they are pleased and ready to open following an executive order today by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer loosening restrictions on some businesses as COVID-19 cases level off.

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 17:22

Foodservice disruptions create crisis for farmers

As the new coronavirus spreads throughout the Midwest and people’s behaviors change as a result, Michigan’s turkey farms are struggling to stay afloat. 

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 17:17

After unbridled growth, Michigan craft beverage companies gird for devastating lows

Michigan’s craft beverage industry is facing a challenge with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic that is unlike any other in its history. 

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 17:00

Experts weigh in on next steps for Michigan’s craft beverage industry

Craft beverage companies have been rocked by an unprecedented crisis, one caused not by bad business decisions or fundamental industry shifts, but by widespread closures related to a sweeping public health concern. 

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 16:09

Short’s Brewing, Green Peak launch line of beer-flavored cannabis edibles

Two prominent players in Michigan’s cannabis and craft brewing industries have launched a new product merging their areas of expertise: beer-flavored edibles.

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 15:05

Startup craft beverage companies face delays, financial strain amid pandemic

Launching a new craft beverage business can prove challenging in even the best of economic times, let alone in the middle of a global pandemic.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 13:22

Short’s Brewing Co. lands $1M federal loan for COVID-19 relief

BELLAIRE — Short’s Brewing Co. has received a roughly $1 million loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration to help offset the impacts of the coronavirus, company officials told MiBiz today.

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Sunday, 19 April 2020 15:12

Garden centers, greenhouses focus on survival amid COVID-19 shutdown

Like most non-essential businesses in the state, many garden centers and greenhouses in West Michigan have been forced to close as part of continuing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020 08:34

Liquor buy-back program would provide bars, restaurants with cash injection

Restaurants and bars will be able to sell spirits back to the state under an executive order signed Monday evening by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. 

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Friday, 03 April 2020 04:36

State issues new environmental regulations for Michigan’s largest livestock farms

The state has tightened environmental restrictions on Michigan’s largest livestock farms. 

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 05:17

State permits restaurants to sell food, pantry items

LANSING — The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association and the state Department of Agriculture and Rural Development have announced a partnership that will enable restaurants to sell food and pantry items that currently can be sold only by grocery and retail stores.

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Sunday, 29 March 2020 16:00

During pandemic, food-focused nonprofits face heightened demand, volunteer constraints

When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the first two cases of COVID-19 in Michigan and declared a state of emergency on March 11, Lisa Wideman knew Meals on Wheels Western Michigan would be forced to adapt to a new reality. 

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Monday, 23 March 2020 14:02

Food and ag workers considered ‘essential’ under Whitmer’s stay-home order

Michigan’s food and agriculture industries and related workers are considered as “essential critical infrastructure” to ensure continued food security across the state under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home executive order. 

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Thursday, 19 March 2020 08:58

DeVos-owned distillery to donate hand sanitizer to area health care providers

HOLLAND —  Coppercraft Distillery is joining a number of distilleries in the state with plans to produce hand sanitizer. 

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Thursday, 19 March 2020 00:01

Grand Rapids bar to offer 100 free to-go meals daily to laid off workers

GRAND RAPIDS — Garage Bar & Grill plans to give away 100 free carry-out meals to workers affected by recent layoffs. 

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 05:05

Grand Rapids distillery lays off 50 to ensure employee income

GRAND RAPIDS — Long Road Distillers LLC has laid off 50 employees — almost its entire workforce — following a state order limiting bars and restaurants to take-out and delivery business.

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Monday, 16 March 2020 09:59

Michigan bar/restaurant closure ‘will be a bloodbath’

West Michigan brewery owners are reeling this morning over news that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will issue an order later today to temporarily close bars, restaurants and other venues over concerns related to coronavirus. 

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Friday, 13 March 2020 16:55

Local bars, restaurants take precautions against coronavirus

GRAND RAPIDS — Restaurants and breweries across West Michigan are taking precautions to protect employees and patrons from coronavirus. 

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Sunday, 01 March 2020 18:40

Feds to investigate USDA aid to farmers after Senate finds ‘deep inequities’

Following a request from Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the U.S. Government Accountability Office will investigate the integrity of the U.S. Department of Agriculture aid to farmers affected by the U.S. trade war with China. 

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Friday, 21 February 2020 05:00

Bill would eliminate token system for Michigan beer festivals

A bill introduced in the state Legislature would change how beer festivals operate in Michigan.

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Sunday, 09 February 2020 18:30

New law provides ‘parity’ for spirits producers, vendors to host festivals

New laws aim to bring parity to the state’s alcoholic beverage sector. 

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Sunday, 02 February 2020 17:20

GTF Solutions mills hemp waste into new revenue streams

Gary Schuler never expected to jump into the industrial hemp industry, but he  finds himself now pitching the plant’s potential and its milled-down byproduct for new uses.

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Friday, 31 January 2020 05:45

Ceres Farms sues Amtrak over property access dispute in SW Michigan

Indiana agricultural land manager Ceres Farms LLC is suing Amtrak over blocked access to farmland in Niles, Mich. 

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 14:47

Peterson Farms invests $22 million in expansion

SHELBY — Family-owned fruit processor Peterson Farms Inc. is expanding its operations in Oceana County, north of Muskegon. 

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 12:21

Atwater Brewery acquired by division of MolsonCoors

GRAND RAPIDS — Atwater Brewery, a Detroit-based brewery with a satellite taproom in Grand Rapids, has been acquired by Chicago-based Molson Coors Beverage Co., one of the largest international brewing conglomerates. 

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Sunday, 19 January 2020 14:44

‘Too Many Negatives’: Michigan farmers continue to feel weight of financial blows

West Michigan’s farmers will be wading through the confluence of negatives brought on last year ranging from extreme weather, volatile commodity prices and trade wars well into 2020. 

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Monday, 13 January 2020 14:01

Neogen acquires Italy-based food safety products distributor

LANSING — Neogen Corp. announced its second international acquisition in a week with a deal for Italy-based Diessechem S.R.L., a distributor of food and feed safety diagnostic products. 

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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. 

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Sunday, 29 December 2019 20:22

Broad Leaf plans self-distribution to get real-time feedback, weigh demand for beers

GRAND RAPIDS — An established West Michigan brewery whose products are available on shelves statewide is taking a novel approach to getting its newest brand out to market. 

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Monday, 23 December 2019 15:07

Speciation Artisan Ales plans new Grand Rapids location

GRAND RAPIDS — Comstock Park-based Speciation Artisan Ales LLC plans to open a new taproom along the burgeoning Wealthy Street corridor in Grand Rapids. 

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