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Brewery is latest tenant for Bangor’s historic Nichols Block

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Black Bear Brewing Co., an Orono-based family owned brewery and tap room, is opening its second tap room in Bangor’s historic Nichols Block.

Bixby opens retail shop in Rockland

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Bixby & Co., a maker of organic chocolate bars, added a retail operation to its manufacturing site and headquarters in Rockland.

Maine Craft Distilling raises $500K for expansion

A growing Maine distillery has raised $522,750 in equity to handle increased production and expansion in Portland as well as out of state.

Maine Food Insider: Pass the ravioli … Bruno's Restaurant launches new pasta company

MAUREEN MILLIKEN |

Bruno's Restaurant and Tavern has been providing the Portland area with Italian food for decades, but it took some antique kitchen machinery gathering dust in a friend's garage to give Danny...

L.L. Bean, seeking retail reboot, revamps branding

In a new branding initiative intended to boost retail sales that have been flat the past two years, L.L. Bean has launched a new ad campaign called “Be an Outsider.”

Restaurateur opens three businesses in Camden

Restaurateur Matt Haskell is opening a microbrewery, restaurant and Japanese pub in one building in Camden.

A question of balance: Walmart evaluating 74 regional stores in face of online shopping trends

Lori Valigra |

The Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s regional general manager is visiting all 74 stores in his coverage area of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and eastern Massachusetts to assess whether stores need to be...

Portland distillery a finalist in nationwide contest for best craft gin

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Hardshore Distilling Co. of Portland has been selected as a finalist for the Best Craft Gin Distillery in 2017 in a nationwide competition hosted by USA TODAY.

LePage calls for emergency special session of Legislature over new 'food sovereignty' law

MAUREEN MILLIKEN |

Gov. Paul LePage is calling for an emergency special session of the Legislature to amend the “food sovereignty” law set to go into effect Nov. 1, saying if the new law isn't changed it...

Maine Food Insider: Forbes names Forager as startup 'likely to make a splash'

MAUREEN MILLIKEN |

Portland-based digital food sourcing platform Forager was named by the Forbes Technology Council this month as one of eight startups across the country that are going to transform their industry.

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