Growers, processors and distributors


SpartanNash hosting recruiting events in greater Grand Rapids

Everyone’s heard of grocery store dash shows, but not usually when it comes to hiring staff. With intense competition for talent across industries, SpartanNash is trying to get creative in bringing new talent through the door.

Nonprofit names director of food programs

United Methodist Community House (UMCH) hired Monique Davis as its director of food services.

UMCH works to expand Fresh Market pilot

United Methodist Community House has under its belt just over six months of running its Fresh Market and is in the process of expanding its hours and offerings for residents of 49507.

Chick-fil-A restaurant opening in Walker

A new Chick-fil-A location is opening in Walker this week.

Country Fresh dairy products to increase

Michigan shoppers will see more Country Fresh brand dairy products on grocery shelves, courtesy of new ownership.

Italian takeout joint temporarily closes

An East Grand Rapids carry-out pizza and Italian food place is closing its doors for a time.

Garage Bar & Grill hosting open interviews for new Ada location

Garage Bar & Grill is looking to hire 47 employees to staff its new Ada location.

JungleBird restaurant coming to downtown Kalamazoo

Restaurateur Mark Sellers is partnering with PlazaCorp to open an anchor restaurant in The Exchange building in downtown Kalamazoo.

Beer City Brewers Guild to host Brews at the Calder festival

A festival being held next month in downtown Grand Rapids will feature beer from more than 30 Grand Rapids breweries.

Grand Rapids food distributor switches salad brand

Grand Rapids-based S. Abraham & Sons, a c-store distributor and subsidiary of Imperial Trading Company, is switching its Fruit Ridge Farms brand salads to Revolution Farms, a major year-round lettuce farm in Michigan.

Two Dog Haus franchises coming to West Michigan

A restaurant group has signed an agreement with a franchisee who plans to open locations of a gourmet hot dog, sausage and burger concept in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

Detroit Cookie Co. opening Grand Rapids location

Outside-the-box cookie flavors, like those with potato chips and cereals, are coming to Grand Rapids via a new location of Detroit Cookie Co.

Program helps dairy farmers hit by pandemic

Some dairy farmers may find financial relief through the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program and the Dairy Donation Program that the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last month.

Portico restaurant opening at Studio Park’s Canopy by Hilton

A new upscale restaurant is opening this week on the ground floor of the Canopy by Hilton hotel in downtown Grand Rapids’ Studio Park.

Mackenzies Vicksburg taps longtime Kalamazoo staffers to run bakery

Five months after Vicksburg native Chris Moore acquired the assets of Kalamazoo’s MacKenzie’s Bakery, the business now called Mackenzies Vicksburg has appointed two longtime Kalamazoo staffers to run the new location.

Real Seafood Co. opening restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids

A sister restaurant to The Chop House and Palio will bring fresh seafood, a raw bar, steaks and more to a downtown Grand Rapids development.

Grand Rapids ranks 22nd among cities that have recovered the most leisure, hospitality jobs

A new study found Grand Rapids is among the top 25 U.S. cities whose leisure and hospitality job markets have bounced back the most after COVID-19.

Perrin Brewing rolls out beer cheese pretzels

Perrin Brewing Company announced a snack-worthy partnership with Pop Daddy Snacks.

Agricultural economy rebounding

After being rocked by the deadly pandemic, Michigan’s agricultural economy is rebounding.

Meritage to spend $100M building 50 new Taco John’s in next five years

A locally based hospitality group signed a development agreement with Taco John’s to build at least 50 new restaurants by 2026, including “significant expansion” in West Michigan.

Taste of Muskegon returns to Hackley Park with 30 local vendors

The Taste of Muskegon food festival is returning to Muskegon with a special autumn edition next month.

Revolution Farms welcomes new president

Revolution Farms, an indoor hydroponic farm in Caledonia, named Trent Hartwig as its new president.

Culinary director and executive chef hired for Garage Bar, Graydon’s Crossing

A new culinary director and executive chef from the East Coast was hired to expand and refresh the Garage Bar and Graydon’s Crossing concepts.

SpartanNash hosting companywide milk drive for food banks

SpartanNash is pitching in to help food banks deal with milk shortages.

Lab-grown meats are possible

LANSING — The food industry may be getting closer to the introduction of lab-grown, or cultured, meats.