Jul 31, 2019
$12M in produce-processing projects planned in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gary McDowell recently announced some food processing projects that will be awarded funds under a competitive grant program.

The $1.8 million in grants for the 20 projects will leverage more than $12 million in private investments, according to a press release.

The majority of the 20 processing projects he announced seemed to involve fruit and vegetables. Here are some of those grants, as announced by McDowell:

  • Allen Market Place, operated by Allen Neighborhood Center (Lansing) – $79,216. Expanding the Veggie Box Program and Shared-Use Kitchens to Strengthen Mid-Michigan’s Food System.
  • Fluffy Bottom Farms (Chelsea) – $73,000. Equipment Improvement and Market Expansion Proposal.
  • Food Entrepreneur Accelerator & Startup Terminal LLC (d.b.a. FEAST Detroit) (Inkster) – $120,000. Modified Atmosphere Packaging Line for Contract Manufacturing Refrigerated Entrees and Condiments in HPP Ready Containers.
  • Gallagher’s Vineyard & Winery (d.b.a. Rove Estate) (Traverse City) – $125,000. Gallagher’s Vineyard & Winery Corp (d.b.a. Rove Estate) Production Facility.
  • JNelson Farms (Hope) – $40,390. Expanding Permanent and Mobile Frozen Storage.
  • Lazy Ballerina Winery (Saint Joseph) – $30,000. Winery Production Expansion to Process Michigan Grapes and Fruit.
  • McClure’s Pickles (Detroit) – $90,000. Increase Pickle Production in Southeast Michigan.
  • Next Phase Enterprises (Hillman) – $94,800. Establish Commercial Dry Bean and Hemp Flour Production Line to Expand Markets for Michigan Crops.
  • North Bay Produce (Traverse City) – $125,000. Purchase Compostable Packaging Equipment for Blueberries.
  • North River Distillery LLC (Jackson)  $18,600. Increase Efficiencies to Make North River Vodka Production More Economically Feasible.
  • Oomen Brothers Inc. (Hart)  $100,000. Install Broccoli Floret Process Line to Meet Market for Domestic Frozen Product.
  • Superior Sales Inc. (Hudsonville)  $125,000. Superior Sales Celery Processing Project.
  • TCB Food Processing (Bangor)  $125,000. Increase and Expand Processing and Co-Packing Capacity.
  • TCWC LLC, d.b.a. Traverse City Whiskey Company (Traverse City)  $125,000. Purchase Equipment for Improving Value-Added Production of Michigan Cherries and Spirits.

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