Made in Michigan movement releases free holiday guide to Michigan food, grocery, gifts

The Made in Michigan Movement today released its first annual Michigan Holiday Food, Grocery and Gift Guide. Available for free at, the guide offers information on companies producing high quality foods and unique, yet practical, gift ideas in communities across the state.

“This year’s guide represents the start of what we hope will become a tradition for Michigan families and businesses,” said Made in Michigan Movement CEO Neil Yaremchuk. “Michigan’s farmers, craftsmen and other small business owners offer an incredible variety of outstanding holiday foods and gifts. We want the people of this great state to have a simple way to find out how their holiday purchases can support the Michigan economy, without sacrificing quality.”

Michigan-made gift ideas featured in the guide range from the Detroit-made Talegator sports tailgating accessory and handcrafted jewelry from Grand Rapids to Petoskey stone jigsaw puzzles made in Charlevoix and custom-built guitars from Kalamazoo.

The guide also features Michigan businesses from nearly every corner of the Upper and Lower Peninsulas offering food products in the following categories: Meats; Dairy; Bakery; Fruits, Nuts & Grains; Fudge, Candy and Chocolates; Snacks; Condiments & Sides; and Beverages.

“If every Michigan family purchased just $10 a week of local Michigan fruits and vegetables it would keep $37 million new dollars each week working for you right here at home,” according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture.

The 2009 holiday guide is sponsored by Taylor, Mich.-based Arrow Uniform and Ann Arbor, Mich.-based HMB Group.

The Made in Michigan Movement Holiday Food, Grocery and Gift Guide is one of many opportunities offered to Michigan businesses by the Made in Michigan Movement. The organization counts more than 13,000 members in its growing Web community, operates a popular online Michigan business portal at and is planning an expansive Michigan products and services expo to take place in fall 2010. For holiday guide, Web and event sponsorship information, visit or contact Neil Yaremchuk at or (586) 783-9487.

For additional information on the Made in Michigan Movement, visit, follow the organization on Twitter at or search “Made in Michigan Movement” on Facebook.
About the Made in Michigan Movement
The Made in Michigan Movement is an action-oriented, grassroots movement dedicated to bridging the relationships between the Michigan consumer, producer, grower and retailer. The organization is the driving force behind the change and evolution of the purchasing culture in Michigan. Made in Michigan Movement is headquartered in Waterford, Mich. with more than 13,000 members in nearly every Michigan county. For more information, visit