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Aroostook Beef gets into retail to expand reach

The owners of the Aroostook Beef Co. in New Canada are opening a retail operation in Fort Kent to expand their customer base.

Buyers chow down on Maine food companies

Lori Valigra |

Tourists aren't the only ones with an appetite for Maine food establishments. Maine's foodie culture is attracting bigger buyers. In a single week in June, three Maine food companies, two...

Grocers cut waste, but does it earn them customers?

Lori Valigra |

Manomet Inc., a Plymouth, Mass.-based nonprofit that initiated the nation's first Grocery Stewardship Certification in 2012, chose grocery stores to measure because they are among the top businesses...

Maine Food Insider: Food startups can access $500K in new funding

Lori Valigra |

Funding can be tough to get for startup food and beverage companies, but a new loan fund totaling $500,000 combining local, regional and state monies aims to ease that challenge.

Portland restaurant Zapoteca closes

High-profile chef Shannon Bard has closed her Portland restaurant Zapoteca after six years.

NYC firm buys Fork Food Lab startup

Foodworks, a New York City-based company that operates two other culinary incubators in the Northeast, has acquired the Portland-based startup company Fork Food Lab.

Bon-Ton to leave Maine Mall in August

Renee Cordes |

Department store Bon-Ton at the Maine Mall in South Portland will close at the end of August, its struggling owner announced on Tuesday.

Maine Food Insider: Allagash ups the ante to stoke brewers into buying more local grain

Lori Valigra |

Portland's Allagash Brewing Co., which last week pledged to buy one million pounds per year of Maine-grown grains by 2021, in a sense challenged other craft brewers in the state to buy more...

Bella Luna Toys engages the imagination with natural, wooden toys

Lori Valigra |

Sarah Baldwin, owner of Rockland online natural toy store Bella Luna Toys, saw firsthand how video-game stares turned into inquisitiveness when, as a former kindergarten...

Gathering place in 'boatbuilding capital of the world' gets new life

Laurie Schreiber |

The brand-new Brooklin General Store, where fishermen gather at 5 a.m. to get their coffee and pastries before heading out to sea, represents an investment in an essential community gathering place...