Caribou Coffee Unveils New Concept Store with Updated Design and Infused Cold Press

The new Edina location features nitro and infused cold press drinks, fresh sandwiches, and Scandinavian-inspired décor.

New Twin Cities Restaurant Replaces Reservations with Prepaid Vouchers

Gavin Kaysen's 20-seat Demi works to take the risk out of restaurant economics.

Beth Ford, Fortune 500 CEO, Approaches Leadership as a Team Sport

For the first time since being promoted to Land O'Lakes CEO, Ford talks in depth about her journey to the top and how she's steering Minnesota's $15 billion ag cooperative into the future.

What's with Dunkin' Donuts Slow Rollout in Minnesota?

More than a decade ago, the donut chain announced a plan to open 100 shops across Minnesota.

Food Hall-Styled Restaurant Incubator Coming to North Loop This Summer

Occupying a space on the first floor of the under-construction, mixed-use development known as The Nordic, the space will help local chefs test their restaurant concepts.

Cargill to Acquire Smet, a Belgium Chocolate and Sweets Decorations Supplier

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but both companies expect to benefit from combining their product portfolios and networks of suppliers and customers.

Caribou Coffee Promotes John Butcher to President, CEO

Butcher replaces Sarah Spiegel, who stepped down from the Brooklyn Center-based coffee chain after less than a year and a half on the job.

When Small Businesses Can't Decipher Minnesota's Complex Food Laws, the Food Innovation Team Steps In

The Food Innovation Team is an eight-member group that includes two more food system advocates, as well as representatives from the state health and agriculture agencies and a couple people from county health departments.

Greenhouse Vegetables Supplier Revol Greens Plans to Expand After $11M Sale of Its Facility

The Medford company has sold its 132,398-square-foot greenhouse to Equilibrium Capital Sustainable Investment, but will then lease back the space, and double its size. The transaction will not impact current employees.

Craft Beverage Boom Moves Beyond Beer and Liquor

Three non-alcoholic craft beverage startups in Minneapolis.

Low Crop Prices, Fewer Farms

Five years of weak prices for corn and wheat—and now a trade war—are taking a toll.

Bite Squad Delivers: From Startup to $321 Million Sale in Six Years

The food delivery company has become a national player, but does it have the right strategy to dominate?

Dairy Farmers of America Acquiring Maplewood Manufacturing Facility from Agropur

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the facility’s roughly 200 employees will maintain their positions.

Romaine Recall Continues to Toss Up Trouble for Restaurants

The FDA says it’s safe to eat most romaine lettuce again—but will you? Skyway salad spots say the impact of the recall will be tough to overcome.

These Two Common Words are Redefining Local Restaurants

By adding "kitchen and bar" to their name, restaurants around the Twin Cities are hoping to recreate their image.

Is Minnesota’s Health Code Stifling a BBQ Renaissance?

Barbecue purveyors in the Twin Cities say yes.

Acquisition of Pearson Candy Company Returns Ownership to Minnesota

After seven years under Connecticut-based private equity firm Brynwood Partners, the St. Paul candy business known for the Salted Nut Roll expects to benefit from Minneapolis-based Spell Capital’s familiarity with the region and company.

Ben & Jerry’s Teams with Local Nonprofit on Mission-Driven Flavor “Pecan Resist”

The limited-run flavor was launched recently as part of a campaign to lend publicity and financial support to four justice-based organizations, including Minnesota’s Honor the Earth, which is battling the Enbridge pipeline.

Food Giant Schwan’s Sells 80 Percent of Business to Korean Company in $1.8B Deal

In the deal with South Korea-based food and bioengineering business CJ CheilJedang, the Bloomington-based, family-founded Schwan’s will retain 20 % ownership, full ownership of its home service division, and headquarters and leadership team.

Hemp Could Become the Midwest’s Next Big Cash Crop. But What’s the Potential Environmental Impact?

Even if the market for industrial hemp becomes viable, a green revolution isn’t likely to result from mass production of the crop.

‘It’s a Really Unhip Situation’: Minneapolis Voters Could Shake Up Liquor Licensing for Restaurants

If approved, the ballot measure would eliminate the boundaries that restrict liquor to restaurants within seven acres of commercially-zoned areas, better known as the “the 7-acre rule.”

Moo-ve Over Farmers: Cargill Introduces Robot Cattle Driver

The tech enables farm staff to herd cattle from a greater distance, improving both animal and employee welfare.

Bryant-Lake Bowl to be Sold, Owner Bartmann Seeking Additional Investor

Restaurateur Kim Bartmann believes another investor could help to drive growth in her restaurant portfolio.

Buffalo Wild Wings Owner is Buying Sonic for $2.3B

If the transaction is approved, Sonic will join Inspire Brand’s portfolio of more than 4,700 Arby’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Rusty Taco locations worldwide.

Minnesota-Made Beer Gets Its Due: State Record 12 Medals at National Competition

Eleven Minnesota craft breweries won 12 awards at the 2018 Great American Beer Festival—by far the highest number of collective wins for Minnesota companies since 2000.

Reviving a State Fair Landmark: Inside the Hamline Dining Hall’s Fundraising Campaign

How a Minnesota State Fair staple is utilizing the public to update its facilities after a kitchen breakdown.

Supervalu Sells 19 of 36 Shop ‘n Save Stores to Schnucks Markets

The deal involves Shop ‘n Save pharmacies and fuel centers. Divestment comes shortly after announcement that Eden Prairie-based Supervalu will be acquired by United Natural Foods Inc.

Agriculture Tech Startup Sentera Raises $14M

The capital, contributed primarily by investors from the Midwest and East Coast, will help accelerate commercialization of Sentera’s drones, analytics platform, and other products.

Could Minnesota Become the King of Garlic?

With help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the state’s garlic growers have embarked on an effort to see if Minnesota garlic can become a full-fledged industry.

A Fair Chance: Inside the State Fair Incubator Where Food Startups Split Time

The State Fair space owned by small business incubator Midtown Global Market features two businesses for six days each – giving the vendors a taste of fair business, and fair-goers a taste of the vendors.

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