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Sunday, 22 December 2019 15:34

Marijuana Outlook: Marijuana work will continue in 2020 with recreational, medical projects

Companies working in the marijuana industry are expecting a busy year in 2020, as more licensed businesses open and additional communities begin regulating recreational operations. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 22 December 2019 12:40

Food Biz Outlook: Embattled ag industry hopes trade stabilizes in 2020

News that the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement appears to be headed toward ratification comes as a positive for farmers across the country and especially in Michigan. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 22 December 2019 11:37

Vander Mill focuses on cider quality with investment in new equipment

Alcoholic beverage producers that want to market their products beyond their home markets are facing many tough realities as competition continues to ratchet up and as consumers’ preferences shift in often unexpected ways (see: hard seltzer). For its part, regional cider maker Vander Mill LLC continues to expand its markets geographically as it makes sense and with the right wholesale partners, said co-founder Paul Vander Heide. To start the new year, the company is focused on commissioning a new large-scale apple press with the aim of improving product quality and margin.

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 10:22

Diversity advocate aims to continue beverage industry conversations in 2020

After a deposition leaked in the racial discrimination lawsuit filed against Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Co., the brewery again made national headlines when Graci Harkema, its diversity and inclusion director, publicly resigned after less than a year in the position. Founders went on to settle the lawsuit, although the case has remained a topic of conversation in the craft beer industry. Meanwhile, Harkema has started her own business, Graci LLC, to focus on sharing diversity and inclusion best practices within the adult beverage industry.

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 09:14

Michigan dairy farmer hopes for best as pricing environment improves

Dairy producers are struggling to make ends meet, and many dairy farmers have lost money for months or even several years straight. Jem-Lot Dairy’s Stephanie Schafer, who is also a district director with the Michigan Farm Bureau, said the situation is largely the result of low milk prices. Her farm keeps 300 dairy cows in Clinton County. 

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 08:03

Bell’s Brewery CEO predicts Michigan beer market will reach ‘equilibrium,’ M&A to ramp up

Bell’s Brewery Inc. founder Larry Bell sees another two years of turmoil ahead for the craft brewing industry, particularly as growth continues to level off and as more owners opt to take “a boatload of money” and sell their companies. As Bell’s Brewery looks ahead to celebrating its 35th year in business in 2020, the company continues to remind customers that it remains a quality and fiercely independent option amid a growing number of products now part of multinational conglomerates. 

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 10:46

Herbruck Poultry Ranch reaches $93K settlement in EEOC lawsuit

Egg producer Herbruck Poultry Ranch Inc. will pay $93,000 to settle a disability harassment lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). 

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Sunday, 08 December 2019 15:37

Pabst to ‘lean in’ with New Holland spirits to expand beyond beer

As Pabst Brewing Co. broadens its reach beyond the iconic Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, the global drinks company is increasingly leveraging its relationship with New Holland Brewing Co. to break into new categories.

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Wednesday, 04 December 2019 10:09

VC-backed firm acquires Doorganics

GRAND RAPIDS — Organic food delivery service Doorganics LLC has been acquired by venture capital-backed GrubMarket Inc. of San Francisco, Calif.

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Sunday, 01 December 2019 18:27

Michigan distilleries cite distributor troubles in making case for self-distribution

Order delays and technology glitches for one of the authorized liquor distributors in Michigan have craft distilleries calling for changes to the state’s Prohibition-era distribution system. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 29 November 2019 10:22

Report highlights disparity between food prices, farmers’ bottom lines

For every dollar that Americans spent on yesterday’s Thanksgiving dinner meals, growers and ranchers received just 12.1 cents — even less than their average slice of the pie throughout the year.

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Monday, 18 November 2019 08:12

Cedar Springs Brewing plans German-style beer hall on Bridge Street

GRAND RAPIDS — Cedar Springs Brewing Co. will join the bustling craft beverage scene on Bridge Street with a new satellite taproom and brewery. 

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 16:45

Gray Skies Distillery rebrands after trademark dispute

GRAND RAPIDS — After more than three and a half years in business, Gray Skies Distillery LLC has rebranded as Eastern Kille Distillery, effective immediately, to coincide with the first statewide launch of the company’s bourbon. 

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Sunday, 10 November 2019 10:56

Michigan hemp growers learn lessons with first harvest

Michael Klumpp did not know what to expect when he ventured into the world of industrial hemp, but the farmer soon realized growing a viable crop was only half the battle.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 13 October 2019 21:00

Startups move indoors in race to find future farming solutions

Traditional, outdoor agriculture is profoundly dependent on climate, but high-tech indoor farms that grow premium, hyper-local produce for consumers year round may be commercially viable in the future.

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Thursday, 10 October 2019 10:28

GFS plans Indiana expansion with new distribution center

WYOMING — Gordon Food Service Inc. hopes to expand into Indiana with a proposed new distribution center. 

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Sunday, 06 October 2019 11:58

Pux Cider plans Grand Rapids tasting room

GRAND RAPIDS — Conklin-based Pux Cider hopes to open its first tasting room in early 2020 in Grand Rapids’ Midtown neighborhood. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 27 September 2019 12:36

Greenbush Brewing to open Indiana brewpub at SpartanNash-owned store

SAWYER — A Southwest Michigan brewery is expanding with a new location in Indiana in partnership with a SpartanNash Co.-owned grocery store. 

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Thursday, 26 September 2019 16:39

Lansing cannabis firm secures $10 million in mezzanine financing

LANSING — Medical marijuana provider Green Peak Innovations LLC closed on $10 million in mezzanine financing to support expansion in Michigan and elsewhere.

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Sunday, 22 September 2019 17:36

Arktos Meadery plans move to Grand Rapids’ Bridge Street

GRAND RAPIDS — After five years in operation tucked away in a nondescript office building along U.S. 131, mead maker Arktos LLC plans to move to a new location along Grand Rapids’ bustling Bridge Street corridor. 

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Sunday, 22 September 2019 14:04

KVCC secures brewpub license to sell student-made beers

KALAMAZOO — In the four years since Kalamazoo Valley Community College launched its sustainable brewing program, it could use student-made beers for tastings and instructional purposes, but not offer it for sale in its on-campus full-service restaurant. 

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Sunday, 15 September 2019 12:30

Food/ag interests push for caution, common standards in PFAS testing

As the hunt for PFAS contamination has expanded into crops and livestock, it has revealed new food safety concerns related to the limited state-led testing system and lax federal standards. 

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Saturday, 14 September 2019 12:00

Michigan hop growers optimistic for strong harvest, despite new challenges

Despite a historically cold spring, a year-over-year decline in acreage and new outbreaks of pests, some local growers of hops are reporting record-breaking harvests. 

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Saturday, 14 September 2019 06:30

Farmland prices show stability, despite economic concerns

Agricultural land values have remained relatively stable throughout most regions in Michigan, even though many farmers continue to face serious headwinds. 

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Saturday, 14 September 2019 07:00

New partners seek to end farmworker exploitation

Working under the hot summer sun, Ricardo Martinez and Yolanda Garrido concentrated on meeting their quota. They lost track of the hours, but bucket-by-bucket, seven days a week, they picked blueberries at a farm in Southwest Michigan. 

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 06:30

Arvon Brewing relocating to Grand Rapids 

After operating its brewing facility in a 700-square-foot space since 2017, the owners of Arvon Brewing Co. in Grandville say they are ready to grow the business.

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 12:30

Spanish brewer Mahou to acquire Founders Brewing

GRAND RAPIDS — Founders Brewing Co. is selling a majority stake in the business to the brewery’s Spain-based minority shareholder, MiBiz has learned. 

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 17:15

Fatal grain elevator incidents a stark reminder to region’s farmers

The death count from frightful incidents involving enclosed grain elevators is on the rise — a stark reminder to West Michigan’s agricultural industry of the dangers of grain handling.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 18 August 2019 17:05

Q&A: Brad Bogus, vice president of growth & marketing, Confident Cannabis

The company Confident Cannabis was launched less than four years ago by four Stanford Business School alums. Today, 50 percent of the legal cannabis produced in the U.S. across 25 states passes through the Palo Alto, Calif-based company’s lab-testing platform, which allows business-to-business buying and selling of cannabis.

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019 11:55

Roskam Baking plans $85.2 million expansion in Kentwood

KENTWOOD — Roskam Baking Co. is planning an $85.2 million expansion of its operations in the Grand Rapids area. 

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