Food manufacturers

Breweries turn to outside investors to underwrite growth

June 28, 2014
Dan Human
Six breweries and two distilleries in Indiana have sought outside investments since January 2013, a few of them multiple times, federal records show. That’s up from just one brewery in both 2009 and 2010.
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FDA prepping long-awaited plan to reduce salt

June 17, 2014
Associated Press
Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty for health reasons.
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ConAgra expanding Indiana popcorn facility

June 11, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
ConAgra Foods says it will spend nearly $9 million to expand its popcorn production operations in northwestern Indiana, where it expects to add up to 80 workers in the coming year.
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Surge in craft breweries strains hops supply

May 31, 2014
Scott Olson
Hops, used as a flavoring agent, are in high demand by microbreweries that need the crop to give their pale ales and other varieties more taste than what’s found in traditional mass-market beers.
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Upstart chip-maker wins space on shelves of local groceries

May 24, 2014
Dan Human
Mark McSweeney launched Broad Ripple Potato Chip Co. last year out of his existing business, a franchise of Great Harvest Bread Co.
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Pork packer planning to produce 98 positions at Indiana plant

April 21, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indiana Packers Corp., which makes Indiana Kitchen bacon, said it will spend $2.3 million on a 56,500-square-foot facility on 5.9 acres about 45 miles from Indianapolis.
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Chatham Tap crew buying ex-church for brewery, restaurant

April 19, 2014
Scott Olson
The owners of two popular pubs on Massachusetts Avenue are delving into the trendy micro-brewery business with plans for a brewery and restaurant in a historic former church a few blocks away.
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Beck’s Hybrids prospers against far bigger firms

April 19, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
When Lawrence and Francis Beck planted six acres of hybrid corn on their Hamilton County farm almost eight decades ago, the father and son sowed the seeds of a family business that’s still growing despite widespread industry consolidation.
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Bloomington brewer taps Indy ad firm, French designer to recast beer labels

April 12, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Upland recently hired Indianapolis ad agency Young & Laramore to help streamline and unify its varied packaging themes.
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Sweetener maker plans $21M in improvements, 151 new jobs

March 31, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Carmel-based Heartland Food Product Groups is seeking nearly $1 million in tax breaks on building work and new equipment for its Indianapolis production facility.
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Dow Agro parent sets stage for sale or spinoffRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
J.K. Wall
Dow AgroSciences LLC is likely to become a stand-alone public company in the next three years, according to some Wall Street analysts—if the wunderkind division of Dow Chemical Co. lives up to sky-high expectations.
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Dow AgroSciences nears jackpot from genetic engineering

March 8, 2014
Dan Human
Dow AgroSciences LLC is spending millions of dollars and racking up hundreds of patents as its expands ever deeper in the burgeoning global market for genetically modified crops and pesticides.
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Weaver Popcorn picks Whitestown for new HQ, production line

February 5, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The firm plans to move its headquarters from Noblesville to the AllPoints at Anson development in Whitestown, where it expects to spend $18 million to add a production line and 40 jobs.
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New law paves way for micro-distilleries to open across state

November 23, 2013
Sam Stall
A new state law allows Indiana distillers to obtain a permit to produce and sell spirits by the glass, bottle or case. Previously, they could sell only to distributors, never to the public.
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Food company delays plans for $28M Indiana plant

November 21, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Sugar Creek Packing Co. officials say the delay is needed because of changes in construction plans for a sewage-treatment plant at the former Really Cool Foods plant near Cambridge City.
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Startup bakery seeking tax breaks on $78M project

November 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Dallas-based Specialty Bakery LLC plans to build a 226,778-square-foot production and distribution facility in southwest Indianapolis that would create 241 jobs by 2018.
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Noblesville company taking on industry giants with healthier snacksRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Darlington snack company for 30 years peddled sweet treats to large institutional users—think schools, hospitals and nursing homes. But growing concerns over America’s obesity epidemic have the small Noblesville company hanging its hopes on healthier fare: all-natural, whole-grain-rich snacks.
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Nestle picks Anderson for $72M plant expansion

September 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Nestle USA plans to invest $72 million to add a seventh production line to its plant in Anderson, the beverage maker announced Tuesday.
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Software firm finds beer business is a frothy marketRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Dan Human
Carmel-based Blue Horseshoe Solutions develops software that manages supplies, warehousing, deliveries, worker productivity and other logistical complexities connected with any number of goods-producing businesses, but about 25 percent of its business falls within the beverage category.
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Flavor-maker to close Indy plants, lay off 47

July 23, 2013
Mason King
Kerry Ingredients & Flavours LLC plans to consolidate the Indianapolis manufacturing operations into other U.S. facilities. Thirty-five temporary workers also will lose positions.
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Anderson woman churning out dog chews made from elk antlers

July 6, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Cindy Dunston Quirk spent a decade coming up with an allergy-free dog chew idea, then, within two weeks of deciding on elk antlers, had a product packaged and ready to sell.
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Hostess set to resume full production in Indy

July 3, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hostess Brands LLC wants to have its Indianapolis plant in full production by the end of next week, an executive said Wednesday. The company received a tax incentive agreement worth $536,000 from the city on Wednesday.
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Hostess prepares to open plant despite tax-break question

June 25, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Hostess Brands LLC has asked the city for a tax abatement on $10 million in new equipment. City officials might decide on July 3, but Hostess is moving ahead with its plans to reopen the plant that closed in November.
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Hostess to open bakery in Indianapolis

April 29, 2013
Associated Press
Hostess Brands LLC said Monday that it will open bakeries in Indiana and Illinois, following announcements last week that it will reopen bakeries in Georgia and Kansas in its effort to bring back some of its snack brands.
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'Beer geeks' hatch plan for east-side hops farm

April 13, 2013
Scott Olson
A couple of fledgling entrepreneurs hope to tap into the increasing popularity of local microbreweries—not by starting one but by supplying them with a key flavoring ingredient integral to making beer.
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