Sep 17, 2019
Ribbon-cutting for new Riveridge cider-processing facility

About 200 growers and other apple industry professionals attended a Sept. 6 ribbon-cutting for a new cider production facility of Riveridge Produce Marketing in Grant, Michigan.

The company said the 40,000 square foot building is the second-largest in the country in terms of production. It represents a revenue stream for growers with apples that don’t make grade for fresh sales.

– Stephen Kloosterman, associate editor

Riveridge cider facility
The new cider production facility, as seen from the road. Photos: Stephen Kloosterman
Riveridge President Don Armock cuts the ribbon on a new cider production plant near Grant, Michigan.
Riveridge President Don Armock
cider plant tour
A Riveridge employee leads a tour of the cider-making facility.
A load of apples in a hopper at the Riveridge cider production facility near Grant, Michigan.
Riveridge cider processing facility
A conveyor belt pulls apples from a hopper farther into the processing facility.
cider bottle filling
Half-gallon jugs are filled with cider at Riveridge’s new cider processing facility.
Labeling machine
Labels are automatically applied to half-gallons of cider at the Riveridge cider plant.
A barbecue lunch was provided for attendees by Riveridge.
personal-size cider bottles
A new cider flavor for 2019 is salty caramel, and the operation will also start bottling in smaller 16-ounce bottles for the first time, in addition to the gallon and half-gallon sizes.

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