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Thursday, 11 November 2021 13:24

Two Hudsonville food companies awarded $210K in state grants to support expansions

HUDSONVILLE — Two Hudsonville-based food businesses have landed a combined $210,000 in state grant money to help fund expansion projects.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 10 November 2021 12:00

Craft beer pioneer Bell’s Brewery sells to New Belgium Brewing parent company

KALAMAZOO — Craft brewing pioneer Bell’s Brewery Inc., known for its popular Two Hearted Ale and Oberon brands, will be transitioning to new ownership. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 07 November 2021 18:05

Restaurant and bar owners navigate a labor pool in which workers now hold the bargaining power

Kevin Farhat has a fully staffed Garage Bar & Grill near downtown Grand Rapids, and he’s hired about 30 more people to work at a new location opening soon in Ada.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Tuesday, 02 November 2021 11:11

Kentwood-based Land and Sea Packaging to sell to Canadian firm in $37.3M cash and stock deal

KENTWOOD — A Vancouver-based beverage packaging manufacturer that has expanded its presence in the United States plans to purchase a Grand Rapids area company.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Friday, 29 October 2021 12:15

The Candied Yam to convert South Division ‘eyesore’ into new restaurant, banquet hall

GRAND RAPIDS — The owner of southern-style restaurant The Candied Yam LLC is eyeing an expansion with a new banquet hall and restaurant along South Division Avenue in Grand Rapids. 

Thursday, 28 October 2021 16:58

Jandernoa family office 42 North Partners exits Vine Line in sale to PE-backed FreshEdge

ALPINE TWP. — Fresh produce distributor Vine Line Group LLC has changed hands following a recent sale.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Tuesday, 26 October 2021 11:42

Frozen food processor plans $205M expansion, up to 198 new jobs in Holland Twp.

HOLLAND TWP. — Frozen food processor Request Foods Inc. is planning a $205 million expansion in an effort to meet rising demand while diversifying its products and services.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 24 October 2021 16:00

Report: Sustainable Business Park key to solving Kent Co.’s organic waste problem

Kent County is moving forward on plans for a roughly $370 million sustainable business park which public works officials hope will resolve the region’s fragmented and disjointed organic waste management infrastructure.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 26 September 2021 18:28

Square Roots expands Wyoming indoor farm under GFS partnership

When Brooklyn, N.Y.-based urban indoor farming operation Square Roots Urban Growers broke into the $8.1 billion packaged salads and greens segment of the food industry this month, the company did so by leveraging a crucial partnership in West Michigan.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 12 September 2021 17:35

Kellogg Co.’s $45M supply chain restructuring felt locally

BATTLE CREEK — Kellogg Co. plans to invest roughly $45 million to reorganize its North American supply chain network, a move that already has had a negative effect on workers in its hometown of Battle Creek.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 12 September 2021 17:20

Succession planning on family farms comes with high stakes for future land use

Anna Link and the rest of her family at Swisslane Dairy Farms Inc. encounter plenty of tough jobs on their 2,000-cattle farm in Alto.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 02 September 2021 15:26

Broad Leaf Brewery unveils new gin, vodka with more spirits on the way

KENTWOOD — Jason Spaulding recalled in the spring of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic decimated the bar and restaurant industry and left him sitting on 400 kegs of dead beer.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 29 August 2021 16:20

HyVIDA launches new division to expand hydrogen infusion to new beverage categories

Befitting a company that prides itself on riding the cutting edge of the craft beer industry, Traverse City-based Right Brain Brewery was perhaps the first brewer to ever bring a hydrogen-infused beer to the commercial market.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 29 August 2021 16:10

Global spice company Kalsec adds research, innovation capacity to Kalamazoo HQ

KALAMAZOO — Kalsec Inc., a global producer of natural spices, advanced hop products and herb flavor extracts, has invested $10 million into a new technology center that will enhance its research and innovation capabilities.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 04 August 2021 12:14

St. Joseph-based Hanson Logistics sells to industry leader Lineage Logistics

ST. JOSEPH — Family-owned temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics provider Hanson Cold Storage Co., which does business as Hanson Logistics, has been sold to a Southeast Michigan company. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 01 August 2021 17:06

New Ottawa Co. program links farmers with key business resources

In 2019, Becky Huttenga led a comprehensive survey of Ottawa County’s agricultural landowners in an effort to understand the industry’s most pressing needs.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 01 August 2021 17:04

Restaurant service provider 86 Repairs raises $7.3M in latest funding round

Daniel Estrada says his company’s resilience often resonates with investors.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 01 August 2021 12:25

Grocery executive prepares for more online shopping experience

After serving as CEO of Dallas-based Borden Dairy Co., Tony Sarsam took the reins of Byron Center-based grocery distributor and retailer SpartanNash Co. (Nasdaq:SPTN) last September during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 26 July 2021 14:26

SpartanNash opens new micro-fulfillment center as it faces surge in online orders

CALEDONIA — Grocery distributor and retailer SpartanNash Co. today celebrated the grand opening of its first micro-fulfillment center, which the company expects to more effectively serve a growing number of online customers.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 22 July 2021 12:27

Mitten Brewing Co. plans GR-area expansion with new takeout, delivery concept

CANNON TWP. — The Mitten Brewing Co. is once again leaning on pizza — a company mainstay that helped it through its early brewing years as well as the COVID-19 pandemic — with a new takeout and delivery concept.

Wednesday, 14 July 2021 13:29

SpartanNash to open Caledonia Micro-Fulfillment Center for online grocery shopping

BYRON CENTER — Grocery retailer and distributor SpartanNash Co. has announced a new “Micro-Fulfillment Center” that will assemble online grocery orders to be shipped to local grocery stores or homes.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 04 July 2021 17:20

Revolution Farms brings automation to the greenhouse

CALEDONIA — Dan Vukcevich admitted that his only previous farming experience was growing up on a cattle farm that never made any money.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 04 July 2021 16:10

Brewers Association board position gives Brewery Vivant exec national platform

 Kris Spaulding, co-owner and president of Grand Rapids-based Brewery Vivant, has long advocated for sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion in the local brewing community. Now she has a larger platform to promote the business values.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 06 June 2021 16:50

San Chez, ROAM owner resumes plans for casual seafood restaurant in downtown GR

GRAND RAPIDS — Cindy Schneider was ready to apply for a small business loan in March 2020 to open a new restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids when COVID-19 put her plans on hold.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 06 June 2021 16:15

Michigan kombucha producers expand as consumer demand spikes

When Courtney Lorenz launched her business in 2015 brewing and selling kombucha, she started working with just three 5-gallon containers. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 02 June 2021 21:37

JBS cyberattack disrupts meat supply chain as Plainwell facility reopens

The meat supply chain is bracing for potential fallout from a disruption in production as the world’s largest meat producer rebounds from a devastating cyberattack.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 23 May 2021 18:00

Food producers adapt after pandemic alters business models

As a producer that heavily supplies the food service industry, Swanson Pickle Co. Inc. had to make profound adjustments to its sales channels when the COVID-19 pandemic changed buying habits.

Published in Food/Agribusiness

Sunday, 23 May 2021 17:50

Frenzied feeding: Local restaurateurs struggle to adapt to lingering worker shortages, soaring costs

Like nearly everyone in the restaurant industry, Jessica Ann Tyson has dealt with a barrage of challanges throughout the course of the last 15 months.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Sunday, 23 May 2021 17:40

Farmers markets prove crucial for vendors, startups during the pandemic

Despite a season last year filled with widespread shutdowns and canceled events, farmers markets across Michigan not only survived the pandemic, but in some cases thrived.

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Wednesday, 19 May 2021 09:04

Rockford Brewing to open new brewery, distillery, pizzeria concept Malph’s Pizza Pub

ROCKFORD — Rockford Brewing Co. LLC has unveiled plans to renovate a nearby historic building and expand with the new Malph’s Pizza Pub concept. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness

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