Meet & Greet with Andrew Blake

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Meet & Greet with Andrew Blake

November 30, 2022 | The Hatch | 12:00 PM

By Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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Date and time

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 · 12 - 1pm EST


MSU Hatch 325 E Grand River Ave Suite 345 East Lansing, MI 48823

About this event

Join the Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Michigan State University for an exclusive Meet & Greet event on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. at the Hatch (325 E. Grand River Ave., Ste. 345, East Lansing, MI 48823).

Complimentary lunch will be provided!

About our Guest

Andrew Blake, President, Blake's Family of Companies

An innovative entrepreneur, Andrew celebrates every aspect of what it means. A husband, father, farmer, business owner, and spiritual explorer are some of the avenues in which Andrew cultivates his perspective.

Andrew’s commitment to blazing his own trail has served him well professionally; he turned an obscure college idea, which would later become Blake’s Hard Cider Company, into one of the fastest growing beverage companies in the country. All of this happened while Andrew worked to evolve the fields that raised him, by transforming Blake Farms into a leader in the agricultural space and becoming one of the preeminent destinations in the Midwest.

Today, Blake's has expanded its offerings into 24 states and has a 40,000 square foot production facility with 250,000-barrel capacity in Armada, MI. Blake's Hard Cider is now the fastest growing business in its category in the nation. Blake Family of Companies now staffs over 800 employees and has expanded its portfolio to include a wholesale food and non-alcoholic beverage company under the Blake's umbrellas as well as a franchisable modern take on a farm fresh bakery that rolled out in 2020 as Bakehouse46.

In 2022, Blake’s Beverage Collective portfolio grew with the acquisition of Bend, Oregon’s AVID Cider Co., a regional craft cidery and seltzer company in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, Blake’s invested in an alternative alcohol-facility aimed at bringing a variety of infused non-alcoholic beverages to the marketplace, the first being Blake’s Cold Pressed Juices which will be available in all major retailers throughout the Midwest.


The Hatch (325 E. Grand River Ave., Ste. 345, East Lansing, MI 48823)

About the organizer

The Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation empowers students to learn through action by providing programs, courses, and resources to foster an entrepreneurial mindset and create new ventures. Students are primed to embrace failure mindfully, explore unknowns, and develop skills that matter.