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.

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.

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