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  • Haribo working on plans to double size of Pleasant Prairie plant as it looks to build 2 million square feet

    With production underway at its U.S. candy plant in Pleasant Prairie, Haribo of America is already designing a second phase of equal size, with two more that could bring the total plant to about 2 million square feet.… Read more

  • How frozen pizza giant Palermo’s plans to grow Funky Fresh spring rolls into a national brand.

    You might not see a lot of parallels between frozen pepperoni pizza and healthy spring rolls, but it somehow works at Funky Villa. That’s the name of the unusual partnership between frozen pizza giant Palermo’s and the creator… Read more

  • Sweet potato chip manufacturer expanding Muskego plant

    Jackson’s Chips, a Muskego-based manufacturer of kettle-cooked sweet potato chips, is expanding the size of its facility, adding 10,000 square feet of space, which will nearly triple its production capacity. The company opened the facility less than two… Read more

  • Food & Beverage Manufacturing Facility Ready for Lease

    Orange & Fifth is expanding. Owner Brian Miller is purchasing a building on Milwaukee’s northwest side that he says is “ideal for food and beverage manufacturing.” At more than 40,000 square feet, the Milwaukee-based building includes warehouse and… Read more

  • Milwaukee-area manufacturer introduces $15,000 retention bonus to combat turnover

    After sustaining substantial turnover among production employees, pet food maker Stella & Chewy’s revamped its strategy for retaining them: A $15,000 bonus if the company cuts in half its voluntary turnover the next three years. “We thought that… Read more

  • Lush Popcorn expands into Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood

    Milwaukee’s Lush Popcorn is expanding with a second location. The popcorn maker, owned by siblings Marcia and Marc Taylor, debuted in 2014 and has been a tenant of the Sherman Phoenix Marketplace since the development opened in late 2018. Lush Popcorn… Read more

  • Reaching Goodness One Cookie at a Time

    Alan Goodman learned to bake under duress. As a child, after lying about his whereabouts after school – playing basketball instead of going to the library – he paid his penance by helping his mother in the kitchen.… Read more

  • Sprecher releasing soda made with Door County apples

    Glendale-based Sprecher Brewing Co. announced Wednesday that it is releasing a limited-edition Honeycrisp Apple Blend soda. The limited fall seasonal soda is made exclusively with a blend of Honeycrisp, Cortland and McIntosh apples handpicked from Wood Orchard LLC in Door County. Sprecher Honeycrisp… Read more

  • Wisconsin expected to produce nearly 5 million barrels of cranberries this year

    Wisconsin’s cranberry growers are expecting a 4.97 million barrel crop in 2023, based on U.S. Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) crop projections. Wisconsin will remain the largest cranberry producer in the world, growing and harvesting approximately 60% of the… Read more

  • Wisconsin brewery first in U.S. to promote beer to support Ukraine humanitarian efforts

    Oconomowoc craft beer and baseball lovers will now have a new beer to try on tap at the Wisconsin Brewing Company Park, home of the Lake Country DockHounds. That beer, a pilsner brewed with a unique ingredient, not… Read more

  • Ray Simpkins brings big-box experience to local grocer Outpost

    Ray Simpkins says he has always been a salesman. At a young age, Simpkins said, he would knock on doors around his neighborhood offering candy bars for purchase so he could buy remote-controlled cars. “Retail has been in… Read more

  • Valentine Coffee Roasters opens new cafe in West Allis

    Valentine Coffee Roasters has opened its new café in West Allis. The shop is at 5835 W. National Ave., the former location of Public Table, which closed in late 2022. Valentine neighbors Kegel’s Inn, owned by Julian Kegel.… Read more

  • Dohmen Co. Foundation invests $15 million in Los Angeles food business

    A Dohmen Co. Foundation’s investment fund has provided $15 million to a Los Angeles company with a mission of making healthy food more accessible. That represents the first funding pledge under the Milwaukee-based foundation’s Dohmen Impact Investment Fund.… Read more

  • New bill in Madison could benefit distilleries, craft breweries

    From how late a brewery or winery can remain open to what products can be sold at each establishment, Wisconsin’s alcoholic beverage industry is currently a challenging one to navigate. Many of the state’s post-Prohibition laws leave a… Read more

  • “Fortune Favors the Pecans” as Chef Eric Rupert’s company grows up

    On the heels of expanding into a massive Cottage Grove production facility, chef Eric Rupert’s candied nut company, formerly Nutkrack, launched a new, updated brand on May 15th, 2023. The company will continue to grow nationally as Fortune… Read more

  • LMI Packaging expansion clears Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission

    PLEASANT PRAIRIE — A 50,000-square-foot expansion to a packaging facility moved forward during Monday’s Plan Commission meeting, with construction to begin as early as next month.LMI Packaging, 8911 102nd St., primarily manufactures heat-seal lids, about 3.6 billion annually.… Read more

  • New Babcock Hall facilities stand to drive innovation in Wisconsin’s dairy industry

    State-of-the-art renovations to UW-Madison’s Babcock Hall are expected to revolutionize the Wisconsin cheese industry and bring the university’s iconic dairy production back to campus after a 3½-year hiatus. The Babcock Dairy Plant will resume operations on campus and… Read more

  • Bassett Mechanical Announces Expansion of Kaukauna Headquarters

    KAUKAUNA, Wisconsin – Bassett Mechanical is excited to announce the expansion of its Kaukauna, WI, headquarters. The expansion will add 16,200 square feet of additional office space. It will include a new training area, a new cafeteria with… Read more

  • Milwaukee food industry combats staff shortages with flexibility, free lunches and increased pay

    There was no playbook for the Covid-19 pandemic, Sanford owner Justin Aprahamian said. In mid-March when Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers created the safer-at-home order, restaurants, grocery stores and food producers all saw their business shift. Employees questioned their safety, revenue streams dried… Read more

  • Pet Food Company Opens New Wisconsin Plant

    RICHFIELD, Wis. — Dr. Marty Pets, a canine and feline brand offering cutting-edge, premium freeze-dried raw dog and cat food and supplements, is pleased to announce the opening of Golden Pet Manufacturing. Enabling a robust supply chain with… Read more

  • Haribo hiring 100 employees to work at Pleasant Prairie factory

    As Haribo progresses toward the completion of construction for the first phase of its Pleasant Prairie manufacturing plant, the company is hosting a three-day career fair this week to hire future employees. “We’re aiming to have approximately 100 new manufacturing… Read more

  • Regal Ware, Inc., and the Village of Kewaskum Partner on Future Civic Center Project

    Kewaskum, Wisconsin (March 7, 2023) – Regal Ware, Inc., and the Village of Kewaskum are proud to announce a positive joint agreement benefiting both organizations. The Kewaskum Village Board voted on Monday night approving a letter of intent to… Read more

  • Palermo Villa’s growth is not just driven by its pizza branding with Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’

    The growth of Palermo Villa Inc. — and its plans for a new pizza plant in Jefferson — go beyond the popularity of its newest brand Surfer Boy based on the popular sci-fi horror series “Stranger Things,” chairman… Read more

  • Mama Bev’s Bakery moving, fundraising for expanded grocery distribution

    A Milwaukee-area bakery that sells St. Louis butter cakes has started another fundraiser and made other moves to support continued growth in its retail distribution. The Mama Bev’s Bakery brand started off as a dessert option at owner Gary… Read more

  • Johnsonville Ventures raises $99.5M for transaction not yet disclosed

    Johnsonville Ventures, the venture capital arm of sausage company Johnsonville Holdings, raised $99.5 million that an executive said will go toward re-capitalizing an undisclosed company in its investment portfolio. The transaction will close by the end of February… Read more

  • Johnsonville replaces Klement’s as sausage sponsor at Summerfest

    A new sausage company is coming to Henry Maier Festival Park. Milwaukee World Festival Inc., the presenters of Summerfest, on Friday announced Sheboygan Falls-based Johnsonville LLC as a new sponsor of Summerfest with a multi-year sponsorship. Johnsonville co-owner Ralph… Read more

  • Palermo’s to expand into former Tyson Foods facility in Jefferson, will add 200 jobs

    Palermo’s will establish operations in this facility in Jefferson. Photo courtesy of Palermo’s. Milwaukee-based Palermo Villa Inc., a frozen pizza manufacturer, is planning an expansion into a new Jefferson facility that will create more than 200 jobs and increase production… Read more

  • Sartori Cheese turns to fourth generation of family leadership with new CEO

    Plymouth-based Sartori Cheese announced this week the promotion of Bert Sartori to chief executive officer. He is now the fourth Sartori family member in 83 years to take the helm as CEO of the company. Bert’s father, Jim Sartori, represented the third generation of… Read more

  • Stella & Chewy’s to sell products in Petco stores

    Stella & Chewy’s LLC has struck a deal with San Diego-based Petco Health and Wellness Company Inc. that will put products from the Oak Creek premium pet food company into Petco stores in all 50 states. Petco (Nasdaq:… Read more

  • Krones acquires Kenosha County specialty equipment manufacturer

    Franklin-based Krones Inc., a subsidiary of Germany-based integrated packaging and bottling line system manufacturer Krones AG, has acquired a majority stake of Salem Lakes-based R+D Custom Automation LLC. Terms of the deal, which closed Nov. 9, were not disclosed. R+D supplies machinery… Read more

  • Perrigo to buy Wisconsin baby formula plant, expand production in $170M investment

    Irish health and wellness products company Perrigo Company plc said Tuesday that it is acquiring an infant formula plant in Wisconsin from Nestlé as part of a $170 million strategic investment to expand formula production in the U.S.… Read more

  • Wisconsin Sausage Maker Completes $35M Expansion

    DENMARK, Wis. — The nation’s largest co-manufacturer of sausage and hot dog products has completed a $35 million expansion in Denmark with support from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. WEDC Deputy Secretary and COO Sam Rikkers announced that… Read more

  • Local potato chip company rooted in Milwaukee

    Milwaukee Chip Company has grown tremendously since it was established as a limited liability corporation in the spring of 2020. Within a year, the company was renting kitchen space by the hour at Upstart Kitchen to create its… Read more

  • Get to Know Third Wave Bioactives

    Third Wave Bioactives is the “secret ingredient” in many of your favorite pre-packaged, natural, non-GMO foods. Its products extend the shelf life and enhance the flavor of foods, all while using natural ingredients. The company that develops fermentation-based… Read more

  • Sensient acquires Turkish food coloring company

    Milwaukee-based Sensient Technologies Corp., a manufacturer of colors, flavors and other specialty ingredients, announced Wednesday its acquisition of Gebze, Turkey-based Endemix Dogal Maddeler A.Ş. (Endemix). Endemix is a vertically integrated natural color and extracts company with customers in the food and… Read more

  • Lakefront Brewery sensory training challenges employees

    Every Thursday, Lakefront Brewery employees get the opportunity to sample beer, but it’s not what you think. They are not necessarily trying the latest Lakefront innovation or what’s on tap. It’s part of the brewery’s sensory training that… Read more

  • How America’s Dairyland attracted a Ghana company’s $30 million investment

    It’s common for Wisconsin officials to talk about transcending the cheese and brat stereotype when announcing new companies moving to the state, but being America’s Dairyland was one of the reasons a cocoa company from Ghana chose to… Read more

  • Wisconsin’s snack market booms with proteins and local foods

    Snack season might dovetail with school and sports for some families, but for an increasing number of us, snacks and small meals are the new normal.  If you grew up in a world of no snacks between meals,… Read more

  • Eagle Park takes on a legacy with Milwaukee Brewing Co. brand acquisition

    For Eagle Park Brewing Co., still less than a decade old, acquiring one of the most recognizable Milwaukee craft beer brands, obtaining what co-owner Jake Schinker called a built-in legacy, was an opportunity the brewery could not pass up. Eagle… Read more

  • Getting There: Gina Balke

     What excites you most about your new role?  “The (food and beverage) industry is on a roll. Coming off of COVID-19, the industry is so much stronger. Wisconsin continues to be a hub for food and beverage manufacturers.… Read more

  • Top Note: Adult soft drinks for grown up palates

    They started by serving delicious drink concoctions to friends and at local farmers’ markets. Now they count celebrity chefs among their biggest fans. Although their success might be based in bitters, there’s no bitter end in sight for… Read more

  • Chicago-based Pilot Project will purchase MKE Brewing through $8 million in seed financing

    Chicago-based brewery incubator Pilot Project is purchasing Milwaukee Brewing Co. near Fiserv Forum and has closed on $8 million in seed financing to become the new owners of the 70,000-square-foot production facility in downtown Milwaukee. It is part of… Read more

  • Mama Bev’s Bakery plans to fundraise for expansion

    KENNY YOO – Gary Plassmeyer of Mama Bev’s Bakery A Hales Corners business that started as a pizza shop’s dessert offering plans to fundraise to support its growth. Gary Plassmeyer started Mama Bev’s Bakery to provide St. Louis butter… Read more

  • Central Standard shuts down production to celebrate Brandy Old Fashioneds

    Central Standard Craft Distillery will shut down production at the state’s largest distillery. But that shutdown will only be for one day in celebration of Brandy Old Fashioned Day across Wisconsin. The Central Standard Crafthouse & Kitchen at… Read more

  • Lakefront Brewery Hosts Annual National Cheese Curd Day Party

    MILWAUKEE (September 20th, 2022) – Once again, Lakefront Brewery will play host to a national cheese curd day celebration featuring their hottest and most award-winning menu item, fried cheese curds! Lakefront will be observing the Saturday holiday on… Read more

  • Matrix food packaging equipment maker expanding in Ozaukee County

    Founded in 1988 in a home garage in Ozaukee County, Matrix Packaging Machinery’s equipment is now used in food distribution across the continent, and it is growing in Grafton to continue manufacturing all of its proprietary machine components… Read more

  • Discourse Coffee brews up success

    Discourse Coffee founder Ryan Castelaz sees himself as a storyteller who uses coffee as the medium to weave his tales. His passion for storytelling was ignited in childhood when he fell in love with opera. As a young… Read more

  • Carbliss celebrates growth, win

    The experts say the hard seltzer market is losing its fizz, but that dip has yet to hit the canned cocktail market. The tremendous growth experienced by Sheboygan-based Carbliss seems to prove this market trend. Launched in 2019, co-founders Adam… Read more

  • Gateway Tech pushes to approve culinary apprenticeship program, partners with Aurora Health

    Gateway Technical College is pushing to add a new apprenticeship opportunity for its students. The Kenosha-based technical college is partnering with Aurora Health Care to add a culinary apprenticeship, a three-year program combining real world work with in-school… Read more

  • Milwaukee Brewing Co. purchased, announces last day of service

    Milwaukee Brewing Co. will have its final day of taproom service on Aug. 30 after announcing on social media that a new brewery will purchase the taproom at 1128 N. Ninth St. near Fiserv Forum. The brewery posted… Read more

  • Third Space enhancing taproom experience, celebrates Wisconsin IPAs

    Third Space Brewing president and co-founder Andy Gehl says his brewery had two main goals in 2022. One was to grow sales in the marketplace across Wisconsin. Though the craft beer industry has seen a national decline in sales, according… Read more

  • Waukesha manufacturer looks to revolutionize beer production with Pewaukee demonstration brewery

    Suggesting it is approaching a “major” breakthrough that “could alter an entire industry,” Waukesha manufacturer Hydro-Thermal Corp. is proposing a demonstration brewery to test new beer-producing technology in Pewaukee. “Hydro-Thermal in Waukesha, Wisconsin, is on the verge of… Read more

  • Calypso expands retail distribution to 3,000 additional outlets nationwide

    Made in Milwaukee Calypso flavored lemonade continues to grow its national reach. The brand, which is owned by Milwaukee-based King Juice Co. Inc., recently added 3,000 new outlets to its distribution network, including Walmart, Publix, Sheetz, H-E-B and Kroger locations.… Read more

  • Sprecher Root Beer ranked best root beer by Tasting Table

    Tasting Table, a national food and drink website, named Sprecher Root Beer as the best root beer out of 19 throughout the country. Some of the other top root beers included Bulldog (No. 2), Hank’s (No. 3), Saranac… Read more

  • Pleasant Prairie-based Fair Oaks Foods expanding into Iowa with new bacon facility

    Pleasant Prairie-based Fair Oaks Foods is once again expanding, this time with the construction of a new fully cooked bacon facility in Davenport, Iowa. The new 150,000-square-foot facility will be located in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center and is expected… Read more

  • East side Milwaukee investors gobble up Ma Baensch building

    The longtime Milwaukee home of Ma Baensch Marinated Herring went on the market in June and quickly sold to an investor group with roots in the surrounding east side neighborhood. Bender-McNamara LLC of Milwaukee acquired the currently vacant… Read more

  • $2 million in DWD grants to provide training for 286 southeastern Wisconsin workers

    The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development on Thursday announced $2 million in worker training grants, including four grants for southeastern Wisconsin companies that will support training for up to 286 workers in the region. The Wisconsin Fast Forward… Read more

  • CSL USA fermentation facility opens in Caledonia

    CSL USA Inc. (Cultures Supporting Life USA Inc.), a manufacturer of ingredients used in the dietary supplement and food industries, has opened a fermentation facility in Caledonia. The new 80,000-square-foot facility will support the food, beverage, health and… Read more

  • Gov. Evers Kicks Off Dairy Month Announcing Major State Investment in Wisconsin Cheese Company

    PLYMOUTH — Gov. Tony Evers today announced the state of Wisconsin is supporting a major expansion of Masters Gallery Foods with up to $1.5 million in performance-based state tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). The company… Read more

  • 10 Years Marks Another Milestone for FaB’s Chief: Jurewicz to Retire June 30

    As FaB Wisconsin celebrates its 10-year anniversary in 2022, the year marks another milestone for its founding Chief FaBricating Officer, Shelley Jurewicz, who announced she will be retiring on June 30, 2022. “I want to thank you for… Read more

  • Miller Brewing introduces beer-infused charcoal

    Miller Brewing Company and parent company Molson Coors is offering a new way for Miller Lite lovers to enjoy the taste of their beer. Miller Brewing announced Monday the creation of a beer-infused charcoal dubbed Miller Lite Beercoal. To bring… Read more

  • Hollander Chocolate plans to move its HQ from Fox Point to former auto dealership in Port Washington

    Fox Point-based Hollander Chocolate, Inc. is planning to move its headquarters to Port Washington. The company, which makes café sauces and powders for craft beverages, is seeking to move into the former Ernie Von Schledorn car dealership located at 1180… Read more

  • Sargento Foods to acquire Wisconsin-based Baker Cheese Factory, Inc.

    PLYMOUTH, Wis. — Sargento Foods announced Tuesday it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Wisconsin-based Baker Cheese Factory, Inc. Sargento said the acquisition will add to the wide variety of sliced, shredded, and snack natural cheese products… Read more

  • Made in Milwaukee: KHS USA works to fill products for global beverage companies

    If you recently popped open a can of White Claw or Coca-Cola, chances are that can was filled with help from Town of Brookfield-based KHS USA Inc. The company makes filling and packaging equipment for food and beverage producers… Read more

  • Standard Process building 10,000-square-foot expansion

    Palmyra-based Standard Process Inc., a manufacturer of whole food-based nutritional supplements, is constructing a 10,000-square-foot complex that will be connected to the company’s existing Juice Process building. Located on their certified organic farm, the expansion will be home to a… Read more

  • Masters Gallery Foods is First Manufacturer in Wisconsin to Deploy 100% Electric Class 8 Orange EV Truck

    Plymouth, WI — Masters Gallery Foods added to its award-winning green initiatives with the purchase of a pure-electric terminal truck from Orange EV, making it the first manufacturer in the state of Wisconsin to deploy their 100% electric Class… Read more

  • Food industry strategies emerge for navigating cost inflation

    Facing cost increases of double-digit percentages to 100%, metro Milwaukee food businesses are implementing strategies including negotiating with suppliers not just on price but packaging, reformulating products including smaller sizes and running their own trucks to suppliers rather… Read more

  • Johnsonville Recognized as One of America’s Best Midsize Companies

    Johnsonville is proud to announce it’s been honored with a spot in Forbes Magazine’s list of “America’s Best Midsize Companies” for 2022. The unsolicited recognition was awarded in acknowledgement of Johnsonville’s working conditions, compensation, potential for development, company image and more.… Read more

  • Milwaukee Brewing Company leadership seeks to sell company, assets

    After 25 years in business, Milwaukee Brewing Company’s board of directors announced Friday plans to seek potential buyers for the business and all of its assets. Company leadership has tapped New Mill Capital, a manufacturing asset acquisition and disposition firm, to help… Read more

  • Minnesota candy company purchases Stuffed Puffs factory in Delafield

    Minnesota-based specialty candy company Maud Borup, Inc., has purchased the Stuffed Puffs factory in Delafield for $3.6 million. The sale of the 40,100-square-foot building, located at 3776 Kettle Court East, took place on March 4, according to state property transaction records.… Read more

  • Wisconsin sets record high for agricultural exports in 2021

    Wisconsin hit a new record for agricultural exports in 2021, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced Monday. Experts said that signals a return to normalcy after the effects of retaliatory tariffs and the COVID-19 pandemic.… Read more

  • Cheese Maker Sargento Announces Slew of Leadership Appointments

    PLYMOUTH, WI — Sargento Foods Inc. has welcomed new leaders and announce new roles: Kris Cherukuri, Vice President of Information Technology, Vera Petrova Dickinson, Vice President of Food Safety & Quality, Chris McCarthy, Vice President of Pricing & Demand Planning, Holly Baumgart, Vice… Read more

  • FaBcap food and beverage business accelerator now a national program

    Wisconsin’s FaBcap Accelerator program has expanded nationally and is now serving six times as many businesses across the U.S. Instead of serving the usual group of 10 businesses, FaBcap will now assist 60 businesses in the food and beverage industries.… Read more

  • Wisconsin accelerator program for food and farm entrepreneurs goes national

    From City Lights Brewing Co. and Valentine Coffee Co. to Funky Fresh Spring Rolls and Soul Brew Kombucha, the FaBcap Accelerator has helped 50 Wisconsin food and beverage companies find their footing. Now, the state-sponsored accelerator is transforming into a… Read more

  • Palermo’s acquires majority stake in Funky Fresh Spring Rolls

    Milwaukee-based frozen pizza manufacturer Palermo Villa, Inc. has acquired a majority stake in Funky Fresh Spring Rolls, a Milwaukee-based business specializing in handcrafted spring rolls. According to a press release, Palermo’s will work with Funky Fresh Spring Rolls to expand… Read more

  • Host Luke Zahm looks ahead to a new season of ‘Wisconsin Foodie’

    The new season of Wisconsin Foodie premieres 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20 on PBS Wisconsin. The season of rest is upon me – and I loathe it. Ten months out of the calendar year are spent researching, documenting, traveling, actively… Read more

  • Upstart kitchen, in Sherman Park, has a line of entrepreneurs eager to start food businesses

    At any given moment, the entrepreneurs who rent prep space in the shared commercial kitchen at Upstart Kitchen, 4323 W. Fond du Lac Ave., could be making barbecue, Nigerian cuisine, liquor-infused ice cream, baked goods, potato chips or community meals. In the… Read more

  • Oak Creek-based seasoning company Asenzya acquired by European company Solina

    Oak-Creek based Asenzya, formerly known as Foran Spice Company, has been acquired by Solina, a European producer of savory ingredients solutions, the companies announced Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Asenzya is a custom seasoning company focused on… Read more

  • Central Standard creates new brewmaster series

    Central Standard Craft Distillery created a new brewmaster series where the Milwaukee-based distillery partners with different local, national and even international breweries to create craft spirits. Central Standard’s manufacturing facility is based at 2330 W. Clybourn St. on… Read more

  • Haribo’s Kenosha County plant being constructed with future expansion in mind

    All of the Haribo Gold Bear gummis sold in the U.S. are shipped in from eight company factories in six different countries. That changes by the second quarter of 2023, when the German candy maker will bring online… Read more

  • Canadian cheese maker Saputo selects Franklin for $60 million facility

    Canadian cheese maker Saputo Inc. chose Franklin for an estimated $60 million office and distribution facility that could have up to 650 jobs. That’s according to information the company has shared with city of Franklin officials, said Mayor Steve… Read more

  • Wild Fork Foods to enter market with Glendale store

    A purveyor of blast-frozen meats and seafood plans to open a store in Glendale this year. Wild Fork Foods, owned by JBS USA Food Co., is developing a store near the Bayshore shopping center. The retailer plans to… Read more

  • Stella & Chewy’s launches first national marketing campaign

    What started off as a brand founded by a woman making food for her two dogs in her one-bedroom New York apartment almost two decades ago has now grown to become a national competitor in the pet food… Read more

  • Utah-based freeze-dried food company to establish operations in Oak Creek

    Utah-based freeze-dried food company Thrive Foods has leased a new 341,000-square-foot industrial building in Oak Creek and plans to establish operations there. The building was built on speculation at 9141 S. 13th St. by Milwaukee-based Frontline Commercial Real Estate LLC. Thrive Foods is a… Read more

  • The Milwaukee-made Calypso lemonade is going global. Here’s how the brand has found a niche in the non-carbonated drink sector.

    While National Lemonade Day approaches on Aug. 20, Milwaukee based King Juice, 851 W. Grange Ave., is seeing an increase in interest in its Calypso lemonade sales.  Since 1999 the company has been making Calypso lemonade on the south side of… Read more

  • Hunger Task Force launches $3.4 million campaign for new HQ

    Hunger Task Force is launching a $3.4 million capital campaign to support its new headquarters building. The hunger relief organization announced in December plans to move from its current headquarters at 201 S. Hawley Court in Milwaukee to a larger warehouse… Read more

  • Carla’s Pasta bought by Wisconsin specialty food company

    Tribe 9 Foods of Wisconsin announced Thursday that it had bought Carla’s Pasta of South Windsor for $26.3 million and planned to maintain local production while expanding volume and distribution. Tribe 9, a Madison-based maker of gluten-free pasta… Read more

  • Wisconsin accelerator with national reach takes food businesses to the next level

    As the fifth annual FaBcap Accelerator unfolds within the UW System’s Food Finance Institute, or FFI, the 2021 cohort includes a familiar face: Christine Ameigh of Christine’s Kitchens and Slide Gourmet Potato Chips. FaBcap is the state’s only… Read more

  • Pet food maker Stella & Chewy’s will expand its Oak Creek headquarters. That $67.7 million project will add 245 jobs.

    A plan to nearly double the size of natural pet food maker Stella & Chewy’s Oak Creek headquarters is proceeding — a $67.7 million project expected to create 245 jobs over the next three years. The project is… Read more

  • Central Standard owners buy downtown building where they plan to open tasting room

    Milwaukee-based Central Standard Craft Distillery is the new owner of the historic former Wisconsin Leather Co. building in downtown Milwaukee. The distillery last year announced its intentions to open a tasting room and events venue in the 11,700-square-foot, three-story building at 320… Read more

  • Reynold’s Pasty Shop has been feeding northern Milwaukee for six decades

    “Lemme get two hot ones,” says a longtime customer as he places his order at Reynold’s Pasty Shop in northern Milwaukee. Reynold’s has been handcrafting its pasty (pronounced “pas-tee”) for more than 60 years; the Burleigh Street location has been… Read more

  • GLK Foods – Clean, fermented and on trend

    APPLETON, WIS. – GLK Foods’ point of differentiation exists between fresh vegetables and processed products, in the market space reserved for foods described as minimally processed. The company has built a growing business on sauerkraut, pickled vegetables and… Read more

  • The challenges of taking a FaB startup national

    Cindy Poiesz, founder of Evolve Brands. Cindy Poiesz, founder of Evolve Brands has a classic entrepreneur success story. She started selling her granola mix, Supernola, at farmers markets in 2015. Sales grew tenfold after she partnered with a food… Read more

  • Nestle Launching $50M Expansion Project at Wisconsin Plant

    Global food and beverage firm Nestle is preparing to launch a $50 million project to expand its production facility in Eau Claire, WI, local news organizations reported. The investment will make the facility the largest manufacturing site within Nestle’s Health… Read more

  • Milwaukee-based health food startup offers anxiety relief with vitamin-fortified drinks

    Satori Food Project Inc. has developed vitamin-fortified drinks that can be made in a Keurig brewer to provide anxiety relief. The K-Cups come in two flavors: twi hot cocoa and mocha latte. Milwaukee-based Satori was founded in 2019… Read more

  • Incubator kitchen start of effort to foster development in Sherman Park

    Tamesha Russell always knew she wanted to work in the culinary field. As a child, she found joy in cooking and baking for family and friends. Russell said she took over the duties of preparing Thanksgiving dinner as a… Read more

  • Gov. Evers, DATCP Announce Additional $10 Million for Food Security Initiative

    MADISON- On Thursday, Nov. 12, Gov. Tony Evers, with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), announced two of Wisconsin’s largest hunger relief organizations will receive an additional $10 million to help serve Wisconsinites experiencing… Read more

  • Food business incubator joins affordable apartments in North Avenue development plan

    Developers gained their first approval this week toward buying a city of Milwaukee lot on East North Avenue to build new affordable apartments and an accelerator for local food businesses.  The project is a partnership between Milwaukee minority-owned… Read more

  • Hales Corners maker of St. Louis butter cakes Mama Bev’s expands distribution

    A recent contract with a manufacturer will allow a Milwaukee-area maker of St. Louis butter cakes to expand its distribution. Gary Plassmeyer, the founder and chief executive officer of Mama Bev’s Bakery in Hales Corners, said the transaction… Read more

  • Pretzilla sold to Benestar Brands, Highlander Partners

    Milwaukee-based Miller Baking Co., the maker of the Pretzilla brand, has been acquired by Benestar Brands, a portfolio of Dallas-based private investment firm Highlander Partners L.P. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. A family-owned business since 1923, Miller Baking launched the… Read more