Growers, processors and distributors


Franchisee opens Jersey Mike’s in Fruitport

A Jersey Mike’s Subs location opened in Fruitport on Wednesday.

Chinese and hibachi restaurant settles into East Hills

A Chinese and hibachi restaurant opened in the restaurant side of the former Kingfisher Restaurant & Deli.

Wine grapes growing in popularity throughout state

The Michigan Craft Beverage Council released its 2020 Michigan Grape and Hop Inventory report in March, and it revealed the wine grape inventory in Michigan increased by 325 acres.

Transformando spring cohort shares lessons

After taking a break during the craziness that was 2020, Transformando West Michigan returned this year with a new round of classes for its participants.

SpartanNash hires chief supply chain officer

SpartanNash hired a senior vice president to oversee its supply chain.

Square Roots opens new indoor farm, produces first harvest

New York-based Square Roots, an urban indoor farming company, opened a two-story indoor farm located at Gordon Food Service headquarters in Wyoming.

Organizers bring Really Really Free Market to town

An event that will offer up completely free goods and products to the public is coming to the Fulton Street Farmers Market this month.

Two local restaurants close doors

A pizza place and a Lebanese restaurant announced over the weekend that they are closing their doors.

SpartanNash establishes ethics code for vendors

SpartanNash is expanding its corporate social responsibility with a new ethics code for its vendors, suppliers and contractors.

Uccello’s Hospitality Group appoints director of marketing

A local restaurant company promoted its marketing manager to director of marketing.

Grants will preserve farmland

Two West Michigan farms are among seven in the state that will be permanently preserved for agricultural use, courtesy of Michigan’s agricultural preservation fund grants that total $1.8 million.

Hobby turns into business for entrepreneur

What started out as simply making vegan products for her own skin issues is now a full-fledged business for Ivana Rivera.

Saugatuck adds social district for the spring

The Saugatuck Douglas Area Convention and Visitors Bureau debuted a new social district in Saugatuck’s riverfront shopping district area to spur spending at area businesses and restaurants this spring.

United Methodist Community House opening Fresh Market

A nonprofit that serves children, youth and families will host a grand opening this week for its new Fresh Market at UMCH.

SpartanNash board chair to retire this spring

Dennis Eidson will retire from his post as SpartanNash’s board chair this spring when his term expires.

Kent County waives 2021 foodservice licensing fees

The Kent County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to waive the 2021 foodservice licensing fee for all existing food establishments in Kent County due to the significant hardship food establishments have experienced with closures and capacity limitations related to COVID‚Äź19.

West Michigan Works! hosting agribusiness job fair

West Michigan Works! will host a virtual agribusiness job fair from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday.

Wahlburgers to open downtown Grand Rapids location this summer

Wahlburgers will open its first West Michigan location this summer inside the new Residence Inn by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown.

Food truck changes name, transforms menu

Starting in May, Gettin’ Fresh Food Truck will rebrand as Roll Call and debut a new menu.

Local entrepreneurs advance food justice

The movement for a more equitable future within the food industry is growing, and two local players are among those planting and watering the seeds.

OutCenter strives for systemic inclusion

An LGBTQ advocacy nonprofit is offering to help the restaurant industry do better creating safe spaces for diverse patrons.

Burger King looks to hire at 26 local restaurants

Factorial Holdings LLC, the Grand Rapids-area Burger King franchisee, is hiring in all positions at its 26 restaurants in the greater Grand Rapids area this month.

The B.O.B. to reopen some venues with limited hours next week

The B.O.B. is planning to reopen some of its restaurants and entertainment hotspots next week for indoor dining and live entertainment.

Herbruck brothers honored for agricultural contributions

The leaders at Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, the largest egg producer in Michigan, were honored with the 2021 Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Cascade Township resident opening Clean Eatz location

A wellness-focused café is set to open this spring in Cascade Township.