Growers, processors and distributors


Restaurateur opens Korean/Japanese cafe in East Hills

The former Gaia café in East Hills now is home to a Korean and Japanese eatery.

Hudsonville Ice Cream adds limited-edition fall flavor

A local ice cream maker is debuting its next limited-edition flavor in time for fall.

SpartanNash names new president and CEO

After more than a year of interim leadership, SpartanNash appointed its next president and CEO.

AC Hotel transforming lounge into tropical pop-up

The AC Hotel by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown is putting a tropical twist on its cocktail lounge.

Seafood chain opens Grand Rapids-area location

The Saucy Crab, a Louisiana- and Cajun-style seafood chain, now has a location in greater Grand Rapids.

Root Functional Medicine opening commercial kitchen, café

A “food as medicine” company is taking its healthy meal service to the next level in a new commercial kitchen and café.

Downtown Market invites public to Sip & Savor

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is inviting customers to soak up the last days of summer at an outdoor, casual and socially distanced Sip & Savor event this weekend.

Organizers postpone 2020 Wine, Beer & Food Festival

The 2020 Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food festival was postponed in light of COVID-19.

The Candied Yam wins $25K through Discover Eat It Forward program

A Southern food restaurant in Grand Rapids was randomly selected as the winner of $25,000 through a program created to support Black-owned restaurants during COVID-19.

Kellogg’s partners on Minecraft-themed cereal

Kellogg’s and Minecraft are tapping into gamers’ love of building, mining and exploring with a new Minecraft-themed cereal.

Earth Fare in Portage reopening under new management

Earth Fare in Portage will reopen this fall, according to an announcement from the Hinman Company.

US Sen. Stabenow urges USDA to extend food program waivers

LANSING — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will not continue to provide food program waivers that have ensured students are fed while schools are closed during the coronavirus pandemic unless Congress acts, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan warned Tuesday.

Restaurateurs open Eastown pizza joint

Defying the COVID-19 pandemic, husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Joel Wabeke and Sarah Wepman opened a pizzeria in Eastown called Quarantino’s.

WSI Workforce Strategies Inc. opens seventh office with job fair

A staffing and recruiting firm in the region is opening its fifth Michigan office and seventh overall.

SpartanNash now offering contactless payment

A locally based grocery chain is offering contactless payment options to reduce the risk of spreading the new coronavirus.

Buddy’s Pizza hosting job fair

A metro Detroit pizza chain with locations in Grand Rapids and Portage is hosting a companywide career fair next week.

Blackford Capital completes fifth portfolio exit

A local private equity firm sold its portfolio company Ellison Bakery to another investment firm.

GRCC partners with farm organization to provide produce to students

Plainsong Farms, a nonprofit organization in Rockford, is the latest to partner with Grand Rapids Community College’s Office of Student Life to provide produce to students who need food during this pandemic.

Southern restaurant chain opening in downtown Grand Rapids

Tupelo Honey Café, a Southern restaurant and bar chain, is opening its first Great Lakes region location in downtown Grand Rapids and looking to fill 80 jobs.

SpartanNash looks to fill 375 retail, warehouse jobs

The Byron Center-based grocery chain and distributor last week announced a hiring initiative to fill more than 375 job openings in its local retail stores and warehouse distribution center.

Smoked food restaurant opening in downtown Holland

The Holland Civic Center Place in downtown Holland is opening a smoked food-themed restaurant called Smoke’n Tulip.

Southeast grocery store one step closer to reality

The founder of an equity- and sustainability-focused grocery store on the southeast side of Grand Rapids signed a lease on a building and launched a crowdfunding campaign.

Ottawa Food hires food navigator for Holland Farmers Market

The Holland Farmers Market now has an on-site team member to help customers navigate food assistance programs.

Michigan agricultural leaders to hold virtual town hall

Michigan and national agricultural commodity leaders will be hosting a virtual town hall at 11 a.m. Thursday to discuss the future of Michigan agriculture trade and supply chains.

Buddy’s Pizza serving up new offers, hiring statewide

A metro Detroit pizza chain with West Michigan locations is launching a slew of offers to drive business, as well as hiring across all its Michigan eateries.