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.

Cargill Investing $150M into New Production Facility in Brazil

Production at the plant, along with improvements to existing facilities, will focus on meeting rising demand for pectin, a citrus fruit-based texturizer used in jams, beverages.

Gene-Editing Pioneer Recombinetics Wraps $34M Series A

The capital will allow the St. Paul-based company, known for creating hornless cattle, to add staff, secure patents, and boost production and development.

Land O’Lakes Subsidiary Acquires Iowa-Based Agricultural Software Co. Agren

The deal boosts the capabilities of Land O’Lakes Sustain, a Land O’Lakes division that utilizes partnerships with farmers and other businesses to promote precision conservation in farming.

Pork Prices are Shrinking Amid the Trade War, Causing Concern Among Minnesota Farmers

Minnesota is the third-largest pork-producing state in the U.S.

Inaugural Food, Ag, Ideas Week Planned for Twin Cities

Grow North is launching the event to promote agriculture entrepreneurship.

Minnesota Wineries are Locked In a Battle Over Legitimacy

The state’s oldest winery fights its upstart competitors over what constitutes a Minnesota wine.

New State Grant Program Awards Quarter Million to Urban Agriculture Projects

Beneficiaries of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture program include schools and the Sioux community.

Pickle Dip Startup Looks to Triple Production

After a year in business, Darling Pickle Dips wants to dip into new markets.

How a 13-Year-Old’s Hot Dog Stand Became Northside’s Newest (Official) Eatery

Thanks to a collaboration with Minneapolis officials and the Northside Economic Opportunity Network, eighth grader Jaequan Faulkner’s hot dog business became a legitimate, permitted operation Monday.

Low Soybean Prices, While Bad for MN Farmers, May Not Be Bad for the State’s Economy Overall

Trade policy will always create winners and losers. The key is to mitigate the harms to the losers.

Former NBA Player, Minnetonka Native Kris Humphries Becomes First Crisp and Green Franchisee

The former basketball star—and ex-husband of Kim Kardashian—is moving into a new career with Crisp and Green, the Wayzata-based healthy fast casual eatery.

Where Are the Food Halls?

A status check on the region’s long-delayed projects.

CEO of Food Bank Second Harvest Heartland Stepping Down

Rob Zeaske will leave the organization next year to move to Boston for his wife’s job. The CEO spoke to TCB about his departure and what it means for the Twin Cities non-profit.

How JonnyPops Overcame a Root Beer Apocalypse

The frozen treat maker works to save Fourth of July after two truckloads of its most in-demand flavor melted.

Iowa Pork Producer Wants to Move Into Former Gold’n Plump Site, Create 325 Jobs

Premium Iowa Pork has proposed turning the former chicken plant in Luverne into a pork processing plant. The permit request is being reviewed by city officials.

Cargill-Backed Puris Proteins Lands $12.5M Investment

The plant-based food producer’s latest funding is gained just months after obtaining a $25 million investment in another campaign, and a separate Cargill partnership.

Actress Busy Philipps, Red Baron Pizza Team Up to Help Families Get Groceries

Amid the chaos of early summer break, Bloomington-based frozen pizza brand and the Dawson’s Creek and Vice Principals actress are providing $25 for groceries on to 5,000 parents nationwide.

General Mills Introduces New YQ by Yoplait Yogurt Line

The move doubles down on General Mills’ strategy of offering alternatives to standard Greek yogurt, as a way to boost yogurt sales.

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