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Sweetgrass Farm's gin earns accolades in World Drink Awards


A spirits maker in Union was named “Best Contemporary American Gin 2017” in the World Drink Awards.

Hannaford finishes conversion of Bud's stores


Hannaford Supermarkets has completed its purchase of two Bud's Shop 'n Save stores, in Newport and Dexter.

VIP buys Auburn office building

Laurie Schreiber |

VIP Inc. has purchased a 15,351-square-foot office building at 24 Harriman Drive in Auburn for $1.375 million to accommodate the company's need for a larger headquarters and support center.

Popular Schoodic eatery to get new life

The scheduled reopening of Bunker’s Wharf Restaurant in Gouldsboro is being greeted with enthusiasm in the Downeast community.

Iconic Ellsworth restaurant, motel sold to undisclosed buyer

The iconic Jasper’s Restaurant and Motel in Ellsworth, founded by Jasper Tilden in 1957, is now under contract to be bought by an undisclosed buyer.

Baseball and lobster rolls: Eventide sets up shop near Fenway

Just off the heels of being the only Maine eatery named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the best restaurants in the world, Eventide Oyster Co. of Portland said it will set up a new space near Fenway...

Whole Foods sweet on Portland cheesecake maker

A Portland-based maker of cheesecakes, Izzy's Cheesecake, said it is being sold in an additional 30 Whole Foods stores, giving it a total of 40 in five New England states.

Immigrant mix changing in Lewiston

Lori Valigra |

Shukri Abasheikh, who owns the bustling 1,500-square-foot Mogadishu Store on Lisbon Street in Lewiston, was among the first wave of Somalis who moved to the central Maine city in July...

Large company runner-up: OTTO Pizza

How would you describe your company’s core mission?:Since we never formalized our mission statement, we are now taking the time...

Small company winner: Opportunity knocks for Cheating Gourmet's co-founder brothers

Lori Valigra |

Scott and Jon Demers of Cheating Gourmet LLC saw opportunity in the frozen seafood market, where innovation and value-added products have been as inactive as the food in a grocer's...