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Stroh’s Ice Cream Plant Will Close

Posted by Bob Skilnik on March 6, 2007

DETROIT — The Stroh’s ice cream plant near Brewery Park is closing in April strohlabel.jpgand production is moving to a facility in Belvidere, Ill., company officials told The Detroit News late Tuesday. Stroh’s ice cream has been produced in Detroit since the Prohibition era and is one of the city’s last links to the Stroh family’s brewing and ice cream dynasty that began in 1850.

The decision means 29 workers will lose their jobs, but another 75 will continue to work in a warehousing and distribution facility in Detroit, said Marguerite Copel, a spokeswoman for Dallas-based Dean Foods Company, which owns the Detroit ice cream facility that produces Stroh’s, Melody Farms, Mooney’s and Nafziger’s brand ice cream.

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Small Breweries Gaining On Big Producers

Posted by Bob Skilnik on March 6, 2007

It has been a remarkably good year for craft brewers.

Artisan producers – the nation’s 1,377 relatively small craft brewers – shipped 11.7 percent more beer by volume in 2006, according to the Brewers Association, an industry group representing these independent breweries. Their sales grew much more than those of imported beers or those made by the megabrewers, according to preliminary numbers provided the group by Information Resources.

“I think people are starting to get beer styles, and it’s kind of allowing them to see what’s going on with craft beer,” said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewer’s Association, based in Boulder, Colo. “It’s an age of exploration.”

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