Vande Bunte Eggs/Konos, Inc
Vande Bunte Eggs began in 1946, in Forest Grove, Michigan, a small rural community west of Hudsonville, when Howard Vande Bunte began buying eggs from area farmers, packaging them and selling to grocery stores and restaurants. Howard then purchased a small farm with hens in Martin, Michigan, about 35 minutes south of Forest Grove. The farm housed a modest 35,000 hens and this farm, originally known as “The Tanis Farm” and later as Konos, Inc., has now grown to 17 barns housing 2 million laying hens.
With the purchase of Mussman’s Back Acres, an existing egg producer/processor in Grant Park, IL and the addition of a new Cage Free facility in neighboring Otsego, MI, as well as contracting with approximately 11 smaller Organic farmers in Missouri, Indiana and Ohio, Konos now has a capacity for approximately 3 million layers as well as 750,000 pullets. They expect to package around 80 million dozen eggs in 2018.
Konos is now run by Howard Vande Buntes’ sons Tim and Paul. With the hiring of nephew Rob Knecht in 2011, the third generation is now developing a passion and competence for the demands of this industry. Rob currently handles all sales for Konos and represents Konos as a board member of the UEP and MAPI. In 2015, Konos hired Adam Dickerson, another VB son/nephew, to construct and manage the new cage-free facility in Otsego, MI.
- City: Martin
- State: MI
- Country: United States