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Minnesota Value Added Grant Program Recipients

Fiscal Year 2017 - Round 1 Grantees

Business Name Descripion of Grant Project Grantee City Grantee County
Al-Corn Clean Fuel LTD Overhaul of corn processing facility and construction of dried distillers grain with solubles (DDGS) storage silos to improve efficiency and profitability of production of value-added products, including DDGS. Claremont Dodge
Ann River Vineyard LLC Construction of a winery facility and purchase of grape and wine processing equipment to diversify market channels and increase economic sustainability of the farm. Mora Kanabec
Big Steer Meats Purchase of dual printing scales, walk-in freezer, ball former and knee lever stainless steel sinks to address food safety and increase efficiency and number of meat products and thereby expand sales. St. Paul Ramsey
City Foods Studio LLC Install and purchase walk-in cooler/freezer unit, exhaust hood, sink and upgraded electrical service to increase production, storage capacity and number of start-up food production businesses that can utilize this incubator kitchen. Minneapolis Hennepin 
Conger Meat Market LLC Build new walk-in cooler, knock boxes, rails and racking and purchase equipment to increase efficiencies, expand number of value-added meat products, and enter new wholesale markets. Conger Freeborn
Dehmer's Meats, Inc. Facility upgrades and installation of a smokehouse and purchase a sausage mixer and water activity meter kit to be able to safely produce new product lines. Saint Michael Wright
Dumpling and Strand, Noodlers at Large LLC Purchase and install a modified atmosphere packaging tray sealer to increase production rates and shelf life and enter new markets. Minneapolis Hennepin
Erdmans County Market Purchase and install a roll stock vacuum packing machine, automatic tie clipper, water activity meter, pH meter, refrigerated cooler, and wireless data loggers to address food safety requirements as increase product line and production efficiency. Kasson Dodge
Heart O' Lakes Quality Meats Purchase two freezer units and construction of an addition to be able to slaughter more livestock and further process more retail meat. Pelican Rapids Otter Tail
JonnyPops, LLC Purchase and instal new equipment for each area of the manufacturing line to increase production capacity and efficiency while reducing food safety risks. St. Louis Park Hennepin
Mackenthun's Meats and Deli Inc. Purchase and install a large freezer to enable production of a larger variety of sausages and increase profits. St. Bonifacius Hennepin
McDonald's Meats, Inc. Construction of a large addition to their slaughtering and meat processing facility to expand market outlets by processing more local livestock and expanding product offerings. Clear Lake Sherburne
Mighty Axe Hops Purchase equipment to process local hops into pellets to enable sales to more markets and increase profitability of hop farmers' businesses. Foley Benton
Mills Locker Plant Purchase a vacuum stuffer with a twist linker to increase uniformity of meat products and efficiency of production. New York Mills  Ottertail
Minnesota Syrup Co. Purchase and install an updated and larger evaporator to increase syrup quality, food safety and efficiency of syrup production. Finland Lake
Ody's Country Meats & Catering, Inc. Construction of a drip cooler to increase food safety and production efficiency and capacity of meat products from local beef and hogs. Spring Valley Fillmore
Schroeder Meats LLC Purchase  a larger carcass splitting saw to decrease splitting time, increase food safety, and benefit local livestock producers. New Germany Carver
TFC Poultry Purchase and install 2 water jet deboners and peripheral equipment to enhance food safety, meat processing efficiency and production and thereby expand markets. Ashby Grant
Valley Natural Meats, Inc. Facility and equipment costs to retrofit a plant according to food safety requirements to increase niche MN livestock producers' market access. Northfield Rice
Vertical Malt  Purchase equipment to increase processing efficiencies, capacity and types of products produces to grow the business to be sustainable. Fisher Polk

Fiscal Year 2016 - Round 2 Grantees

Business Name Description of Grant Project Grantee City Grantee County
Alemar Cheese Purchase a new vat and refrigerated truck, and make facility improvements to expand markets. Mankato Blue Earth
Askegaard Organic Farm Purchase equipment and make electrical upgrades to mill the flaxseed on farm and improve packaging efficiency. Moorhead Clay
Bakers' Acres, LLC Purchase a brush washer to increase efficiency and expand wholesale sales, including to schools. Avon Stearns
Bergen Meat Processors Build expansion and purchase equipment for meat processing and retail areas to increase number of product lines. Windom Jackson
Bongards Creameries Construct a refrigerated warehouse and connect it to the processing plant to improve efficiency and productivity to increase co-op's cheese production for USDA commodity programs and schools. Norwood Carver
Butcher Block Retrofit a building and purchase equipment to initiate a custom meat processing business that complies with food and meat safety regulations and serves local hog producers. Fairmont Martin
Carl's Lefse, Inc. Purchase equipment to increase storage space, handling efficiency, and processing capacity. Hawley Clay
Chickenhead Farm Purchase equipment, including a refrigerated truck, and make facility improvements to initiate an inspected goat and sheep slaughtering business. Silver Lake McLeod
French Lake Butcher Shop Purchase and install a walk-in freezer to increase efficiency and enable continued growth of production and sales. South Haven Wright
Jazzy Foods, LLC Build custom pans and shaper tool to increase the efficiency of production and profitability of a new frozen pork appetizer production business. Saint Paul Ramsey
Keepsake Cidery Purchase a pasteurizer, construct a cooler, and upgrade HVAC system to extend marketing season and increase food safety and product quality. Dundas Rice
L'Etoile du Nord Vineyard LLC Purchase equipment and retrofit a building into a wine production facility to diversify markets and increase profitability. Parkers Prairie Douglas
Mariner Farms LLC Purchase and install a biomass furnace, LED lighting, electrical service, and nutrient water flow system to remodel and expand a greenhouse and start an aquaponics business. Lutsen Cook
Minnesota Valley Business Development Co Purchase produce processing and traceability equipment and vehicles to increase efficiency, capacity and food safety. Mankato Blue Earth
My Minnesota Farmer LLC Construct a temperature-controlled packing house and produce warehouse to increase food safety, efficiency, and processing capacity to expand wholesale accounts and marketing season. Montgomery Le Sueur
Nelson Grass Farm Purchase an egg washing machine and other equipment to increase efficiency, food safety and sales of eggs and enable expansion of customer base. Ogilvie Kanabec
Northern Excellence Seed LLC Retrofit unused space and purchase cleaning, grain handling, storage, color sorter, and accessory equipment to increase quality and food safety of cleaned soybeans to expand markets and diversify producers' markets. Williams Lake of the Woods, Roseau
Redhead Creamery LLC Purchase a cream separator, butter churn, and dip tank to initiate production of specialty butter and expand variety of products and increase profitability of on-farm creamery. Brooten Stearns
Sapsucker Farms Purchase 12 oz. bottling and labeling machine and cold pasteurization system to increase efficiency and volume of hard cider produced to expand distribution. Mora Kanabec
Sno Pac Foods Purchase and install UVC emitter systems in refrigerated storage and packaging areas to improve food safety and continue compliance with food safety regulations. Caledonia Houston
So Good Brand, Inc Purchase high pressure beverage juice processing equipment to expand sales from regional to national markets. Minneapolis Hennepin
Stony Creek Dairy Purchase milk processing, monitoring and labeling equipment, and refrigerated trucks, and upgrade distribution facilities to increase efficiency and food safety. Melrose Stearns
Weiss Asparagus Farm Construct a building and purchase processing and packaging equipment to increase efficiency and profits. Red Lake Falls Red Lake

Fiscal Year 2016 - Round 1 Grantees

Organization Name Grant Project Description Grantee City Grantee County
Bio Wood Processing LLC Purchase a Rotochopper and colorizer to be able to produce mulch and enter new markets. Faribault  Rice
Burt's Meats and Poultry, LLC Build a large expansion with a cooler and freezer to improve processing efficiency and capacity. Eyota Olmsted
Edel's Meat Market Purchase deli cases and new flooring to be compliant with food code.  Montgomery Le Sueur
French Lake Butcher Shop Purchase a slicer to produce new meat products and increase efficiency and number of retail outlets. South Haven Wright
Hmong American Farmers Association Construct an aggregation facility for growers in their Alternative Markets Program, which will increase food safety and access to additional markets, including retailers and schools. St. Paul Dakota County
Hugh's Gardens Purchase and install a potato washer to increase profitability and product quality and begin processing carrots. Moorhead Norman
James Jirik Construct and equip a maple syrup processing facility to increase production and syrup quality. Kilkenny Rice
Krenik's Meat Processing, Inc. Purchase equipment to improve food safety and packaging efficiency, including convection ovens, temp logger, scale and vacuum packager. Montgomery Rice
Krenzke Meats Install flooring in the cooler and cutting room to meet food safety regulations and maintain current markets. St Charles  Winona
Lakes Area Cooperative Install a large walk-in freezer, expand meat processing and packaging rooms, and purchase a roll stock packager to improve food safety, processing capacity, and efficiency. Perham Ottertail
Living Greens Farm, Inc Purchase flooring, walls, cooler and refrigerated truck to increase food safety, packaging, and distribution of aeroponically grown produce year-round. Faribault Rice
Love Creamery  Purchase ice cream maker, hardening cabinet, and transportation freezer to increase production and food safety for wholesale distribution. Two Harbors Lake
Mankato Brewery Purchase fermenters and heating and cooling tanks, and renovate facility to increase production capacity.  N. Mankato Nicollet
McDonald's Meats, Inc. Purchase a smokehouse, vacuum stuffer, double clipper, and packaging machine to increase production capacity expand private label accounts. Clear Lake Sherburne
Mississippi Topsoils, Inc. Purchase two in-vessel composting units, biofilter, and support equipment to serve larger volume compost-user markets. Cold Spring Stearns
Mixmi brands, inc. Purchase and install equipment and refrigeration to increase capacity to serve school and retail markets. Fridley Anoka
Red Table Meat Company LLC Purchase an oven to increase processing of hogs. Minneapolis Hennepin
ST Joseph Meat Market, Inc Purchase a sausage stuffer and packaging and retail freezer equipment to increase efficiency, marketing, and food safety. Saint Joseph Stearns
Terroir Chocolate Purchase stone grinder, mill, grain separator, ice cream maker and refrigeration to increase production capacity sell to more retail markets. Fergus Falls  Ottertail
Timbersweet  Expand the bottling room, syrup cold storage, and commercial kitchen to increase efficiency of bottling and number of product offerings Cohasset Itasca
Union Pizza & Brewing Company Improve equipment and facility to start production and distribution of non-alcoholic craft beverages. Fergus Falls Otter Tail
Vertical Malt Purchase steeping tanks, malting chambers, HVAC and kiln needed to start commercial production of craft malt products. Fisher Polk
WELCOME MEATS, INC Purchase a smokehouse and pellet generator with data logger system to improve meat product quality and increase product offerings. Welcome Martin
Willmar Downtown Development Inc. Retrofit a historic building into a food hub and commercial kitchen that will be used to clean, store, process, and aggregate local products. Willmar Kandiyohi

Fiscal Year 2015 - Round 2 Grantees

Organization Name Grant Project Description Grantee City Grantee County
11 Wells Spirits Company LLC Purchase fermenters, bottling and grain handling equipment to enable entrance into Canadian market. Build a cocktail tasting room to enter a new type of market. St. Paul Ramsey
APPLE JACK ORCHARDS,LLC Upgrade value added business to be able to make all apple bakery products on-farm and increase profitability. Delano Wright
Big Steer Meats Enlarge facility and purchase meat processing equipment to increase efficiency and processing capacity to enter new markets and improve food safety. St. Paul Ramsey
Blue Earth Locker Purchase smokehouse to produce more Ready-to-Eat products and expand markets. Also temperature probes for all coolers and freezers to improve food safety. Blue Earth Faribault
Bluebird Gardens Refrigerated trucks and crates to increase market access and enable entrance into Farm to Institution program. Fergus Falls Otter Tail
Brandt Gardens & Greenhouse LLC Walk in cooler and freezer and scale to increase food safety, marketability, and diversify farm business. Lakefield Jackson
Carlos Creek Winery A large expansion project to modernize wine processing facility. Will increase efficiency, processing capacity, food safety and access to new markets. Alexandria Douglas
Clover Valley Farms, LLC Create dry and heated storage rooms, produce washing/ packing areas and improve labeling to increase efficiency and marketing of value added products. Duluth St. Louis
Dehmer's Meats, Inc. Purchase three scales to enable access to wholesale and private label accounts for homestyle sausages. Project will address food safety. Saint Michael Wright
Falk's Seed Farm A seed color sorter and the essential facility upgrades and equipment. Will improve the quality and food safety of cleaned seeds to retain customers and access new markets. Murdock Swift
Featherstone Fruits and Vegetables LLC Purchase conveyors, pallet scale and refrigerated delivery van to increase sales by improving efficiency, food safety, and market access. Rushford Filmore
Foley Locker, Inc. Acquire smoke houses, meat packaging machine, and temperature data loggers to increase efficiency, production and food safety; should diversify markets. Foley Benton
Greg's Meat Processing Purchase a ventilation hood and meat tumbler to diversify markets. Also a labeling system and moisture tester to comply with new food safety requirements. Hampton Dakota
Idle Acres Expand, upgrade and equip current facilities, including a truck scale, to process alfalfa and grass into a Total Mixed Ration food biscuit. Cokato Wright
Lau's Meats, LLC Repair floor in current meat processing facility and purchase retail sale equipment in 2nd location to expand market access and increase sales. Waseca Waseca
Mankato Brewery Obtain fermenters, brite tanks and upgraded water system to increase production capacity and beer quality. Upgrade the taproom to increase market access. N. Mankato Nicollet
McDougall's Apple Junction Increase the storage capacity and length of marketing time of apples by construction of a refrigerated cooler that will be accessible with a fork lift. Hastings Washington
Metz's Hart-Land Creamery Purchase a 2nd cheese vat to increase efficiency and production capacity. This will enable access to additional markets with different cheeses, and increases in sales. Rushford Winona
Open Hands Farm, LLC Build a root vegetable storage facility, add refrigeration equipment and storage bins to improve food safety, enable extension of the marketing season and access to new markets. Northfield Dakota
Robin Brekken Farms, Inc. Purchase a mobile grass pelletizing system including mobile generator, trailer, and scale to diversify markets and enable market access of damaged grains. Crookston Polk
Schmidt's Meat Market Purchase a thermoforming packaging machine which supports their food safety plan, increases efficiencies, and should increase custom meat processing for local farmers. Nicollet Nicollet
Seven Songs Organic Farm Create a food-safe washing and packing shed and dry storage area to increase packaging efficiency, market access and diversity of markets. Kenyon Goodhue
Singing Hills Dairy Install equipment to improve food safety and a walk-in cooler for larger quantities of value-added goat dairy products. Will increase profitability and market access. Nerstrand Rice
Sojourner Farms LLC (dba Sojos) Replace manufacturing line to meet increase in demand and new regulatory requirements. Will expand product lines, increase efficiency, food quality, and production to diversify markets. Minneapolis Hennepin
SPROUT MN, LLC. Facility improvements and food processing equipment for a food hub to increase local producers' profitability and markets including institutions. Brainerd & Little Falls Crow Wing & Morrison
Stickney Hill Dairy Expand and modernize goat cheesemaking facility to meet new food safety requirements and increase production to meet demand and diversify producer's markets. Kimball Stearns
Taylor Foods Inc dba Taylor Meats Purchase and install walk-in freezer/cooler units including 3 phase compressors to increase production capacity, diversify markets, and improve food safety of meat products. Watertown Carver
Wiste's Meat Market Expand processing area, install walk-in freezer and cooler, smokehouse and scales to increase efficiency, food safety, processing capacity and markets and to achieve Equal To status. Janesville Waseca
Xochiquetzal LLC Facility improvements and equipment to start a commercial kitchen to enable the processing of produce, including ginger. Will diversify their markets and extend sales season. St Cloud Stearns

Fiscal Year 2015 - Round 1 Grantees

Organization Name Grant Project Description Grantee City Grantee County
Autumn Woods Farm LLC Construct a loading dock and add a second pasteurizer to meet demand for product. Forest Lake Washington
Backus Locker, LLC Install a compressor, and upgrade the floor to improve safe food handling and increase the amount of meat processed. Backus Cass
Badger Seed LLC Purchase and install palletizer for packaging turf grass seed to access markets. Roseau Roseau
Bakers' Acres, LLC Expansion and improvements to packaging room for food safety and traceability during field harvest. Washing equipment to expand for CSA, farm-to-school and wholesale markets. Avon Stearns
Bemidji Brewing Company, LLC Purchase equipment to triple production and meet the demand. Will purchase more Minnesota sourced or grown barley malts and hops. Bemidji Beltrami
Bemidji Downtown Meats Inc Construct a new facility to process and sell more retail and wholesale products as an equal-to meat processing facility and meet the growing demand for locally raised meat. Bemidji Beltrami
ENKI Brewing Company Purchase brewing, quality control and packaging equipment, and cold and ambient storage to triple production capacity and purchase more MN grown ingredients. Victoria Carver
Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery LLC Purchase bottling line, tanks, keg washer and filler to expand distribution of hard cider to more retail outlets. Spring Valley Mower
French Lake Butcher Shop Purchase a utensil washer to improve efficiency and food safety to help meet increasing custom processing and retail customer demand. South Haven Wright
Greg's Meats Purchase a blast freezer to process more cattle and hogs for local farmers. Purchase label making scale system, and traceability equipment to address food safety. Hampton Dakota
Isanti Spirits LLC Purchase distillation and processing equipment to increase market access to a regional and international distribution level. Isanti Isanti
K & K Dairy Establish a creamery to make dairy products and a restaurant to sell pizzas using their mozzarella cheese and beef products. Pine Island Goodhue
Lorentz Etc., Inc. DBA Lorentz Meats Remodel the cutting floor area, including installation of a conveyor system, to optimize space and keep up with increased capacity in other areas of the facility. Cannon falls Goodhue
Metz's Hart-Land Creamery Purchase a power cheese curd mill, service counter scale, refrigerated delivery truck, flash freezer and retail refrigeration to make the creamery more efficient, food safe and increase market access. Rushford Winona
Minnesota Elderberry Cooperative Purchase a mobile de-stemmer, stainless steel sinks and baskets, and food grade buckets to safely process and store elderberries for commercial and retail market. Minneapolis Hennepin
Minnesota Valley Business Development Purchase processing equipment and additional refrigeration to expand the sale of locally grown produce to institutions. Mankato Blue Earth Mankato Blue Earth
Mississippi Topsoils, Inc. Install a climate-controlled storage warehouse to increase production throughout the year and enable access to the new greenhouse grower market. Cold Spring Stearns
Norseman Distillery LLC Purchase fermenter tanks and a hammer mill grinder to triple production and increase their purchases of locally grown grains. Minneapolis Hennepin
Prairie Drifter Farm Purchase fencing, pack shed sorting surfaces, containers, a brush washer, and improvements to the pack shed to increase field quality of produce, cleanliness, and efficiency of post harvest handling operations. Litchfield Meeker
Sawtooth Mountain Maple Syrup Company Purchase and install larger reverse osmosis machine to increase production capacity and efficiency to allow expansion into new markets. Grand Marais Cook
Schroeder Meats LLC Purchase Poly Clip System machine, data loggers and retail freezer case to produce more sausage and address efficiency and food safety concerns, including temperature control. New Germany Carver
St Joseph Meat Market, Inc Expansion/remodel of meat processing space to process more local livestock as well as address employee safety and food safety. Saint Joseph Stearns
Sweet Cheeks Honey Purchase food-grade equipment to create a more sanitary processing system and increase market access. Includes implementation of a GAP food safety plan. Cleveland Le Sueur
Sweetland Orchard, LLC Purchase semi-automated packaging and labeling equipment, uv pasteurizer, and refrigerated delivery vehicle for greater market access and implement their food safety plan. Webster Scott
The Lone Grazer Creamery Initiate a small creamery and cheese production facility using milk from grass-fed cows to produce specialty cheeses. Minneapolis Hennepin

Fiscal Year 2014

Business Name  City  Summary of Grant Project
Alemar Cheese Company, LLC Mankato Cold storage and other equipment to increase cheese processing capacity and diversify markets
Amundsen Farms Duluth Build egg processing facility with food safety measures to increase market diversity and market access for egg producers
Apple Jack Orchards Delano Equipment to keep in compliance with GAP, ensure fruit safety and expand wholesale market opportunities
Arlington Market Arlington Equipment to increase processing of local livestock and improve food safety
Autumnwood Farm LLC Forest Lake Equipment to initiate ice cream processing business for new market development
Bemidji Downtown Meats Bemidji Build retail space and cold storage to increase processing capacity and market access for local livestock
Big Steer Meats St. Paul Smoke house and other equipment to expand production and allow expansion into new wholesale and retail markets
Cannon River Winery LLC Cannon Falls Increase use of local grapes by purchasing tanks and other wine production equipment to increase sales to diverse markets
Carlos Creek Winery Alexandria Change bottling line to increase bottling speed and options, marketing and sales to diverse markets
Clover Valley Farms LLC Duluth Equipment to scale up culinary vinegar production; diversify markets to wholesale and retail sales
Dick Stangler Seed Packaging Kilkenny Diversify local producers market access by purchasing a truck scale and packaging line
Eagan (City of) Eagan Improve food safety and market access; install electrical access to farmer's market vendors
Edel's Meat Market Montgomery Equipment to expand livestock processing ability, diversify markets and improve food safety
Evansville Meat Market Evansville Update building and equipment to upgrade to "equal to" meat processing to expand and diversify markets
Farm on St. Mathias Brainerd Build licensed food processing facility and packing shed to increase market access and diversity for local producers
Fergus Foods, LLC Fergus Falls Expand and diversify markets with packaging equipment to increase food safety and production of allergen free foods
Foley Locker, Inc. Foley Diversify markets by buying 2 smokehouses and equipment to process and pack meat on site
Food Farm Wrenshall Add storage and cooler building to store more vegetables and add equipment for food safety. Will diversify markets.
Four Seasons Apiaries LLC Saint Paul Initiate business that breeds and sells honey bees to expand market access of Minnesota honey producers
Fruit Acres, Inc. La Crescent Modernize apple production packing house and line to be GAP certified and increase market access
Gregory's Foods, Inc. Eagan Upgrade to increase frozen bun-line production and expand product type and markets
Hazelnut Oil Marketing Lake City Business and marketing plan to purchase and distribute local, cold pressed hazelnut oil
Hunt Utilities Group Pine River Feasibility study to demonstrate need and viability of local foods facility within part of food hub network
Irish Ridge Farm Winona Market analysis and plan for production and distribution of grass-fed beef in Southeastern Minnesota
James Jirik Kilkenny Maple syrup processing equipment to improve safety and quality; also increase efficiency to expand marketing
Klein Foods, Inc. Marshall Increase production of fudge with purchase of freezer and sifter to diversify markets
Lake Haven Custom Meat Processing Sturgeon Lake Build new facility and equipment to expand to processing local livestock to retail markets
Lamberton Meats Storden Significant improvements of meat process facility to reopen business and expand market access
Lavalier's Berry Patch and Orchard New Hope Bring in utilities and equipment to improve sanitation, reduce pesticides and expand market access to schools
Little Falls Development Center Little Falls Feasibility study to develop a business plan for food hub so local producers can access larger markets
Lorentz Meats Cannon Falls Build 4 season livestock handling facility and remodel slaughter area to increase processing of local livestock
Minnesota Elder-berry Cooperative Minneapolis Develop business plan; how to operate, legal mechanisms and prospectus for elderberry producing cooperative
Mississippi Mushrooms LLC Minneapolis Retort-boiler system to decrease crop loss and contamination and increase production and market access
MN Valley Business Development Corp Mankato Retrofit warehouse into local food hub to increase small farmers' access to school and other markets
Montgomery Orchard, LLC Savage Building, food safety and processing equipment to initiate sweet and hard apple cider business to diversify markets
Northcountry Producers LLC Minneapolis Increase market access and diversity through purchase of refrigeration, distribution equipment and mobile market vehicle
Oak Knoll Farm Albert Lea New building for cooler, wash station and root cellar to increase production, quality and markets of CSA distribution hub
Ody's Country Meats & Catering Spring Valley Retail freezer to increase local production and walk-in cooler to meet Minnesota food safety requirements
Red Table Meat Company LLC Minneapolis Expand local hog processing and market access through purchase of additional processing and storage equipment
Redhead Creamery LLC Brooten Diversify milk markets by building a cheese plant, including all equipment to produce, test and market cheese
Riviana Foods Clearbrook Forage bagger to increase processing capacity, decrease food spoilage and increase market access of locally cultivated wild rice
Round Lake Vineyards Round Lake Diversify markets by purchasing tanks and other wine production equipment to initiate full service winery business
Scandia Valley Dairy LLC Brainerd Conduct a feasibility study of goat cheese production business from Minnesota goat milk.
Schmidt's Meat Market Nicollet Expand cooler to increase production and product line and diversify local livestock producers markets
Schneider's Meats Askov Construct building and equipment for smoking to start local livestock processing business and diversify markets
Sno Pac Farms LLC Caledonia Develop a Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) plan and food safety plan
Sno Pac Foods Caledonia 3 large feed hopper tanks in vegetable line to eliminate food contamination and meet new food safety requirement
Sogn Valley Orchard Dennison Grinder and create certified refrigerated cider storage to diversify marketing to local schools
Stony Creek Dairy LLC Melrose Dairy production equipment, expand distribution warehouse and refrigeration transportation to address all goals of grant program     
Sweetland Orchard LLC Webster Expand, prepare and equipment cidery room for hard cider production; diversify their and local orchards' markets
T & R Meat Processing, LLC Clearwater Freezer and update meat processing facility to comply with food safety codes to maintain market access
Terroir Chocolate Fergus Falls Equipment to increase production capacity of organic, premium chocolate bars and diversify markets
The Alchemy, LLC Minneapolis Develop business and marketing plan, recipe for Minnesota sugar beet vodka and obtain federal regulation approval for label
The Big Dipper Creamery Blaine Develop business and marketing plan to expand ice cream business that uses locally grown ingredients.
Whistling Well Farm Hastings Retail refrigeration and freezer units with electrical to enable marketing new products and address food safety

MDA Contact

Julie LaClair, Program Administrator
julianne.laclair@state.mn.us, 651-201-6135

 Ag Marketing & Development Division