“Made in Vermont” is synonymous with high-quality, authentic, artisanal products in the minds of consumers, who are willing to pay a premium for a taste of the Green Mountains.
Vermont is quickly becoming the East Coast epicenter of food and farm entrepreneurism. The state ranks first in the nation for craft breweries per capita and is regularly recognized for its award-winning cheeses from companies like The Cellars at Jasper Hill, Spring Brook Farm, Vermont Creamery, and Cabot Creamery Cooperative. The Alchemist Brewery’s Heady Topper is a widely-sought-after favorite and Hill Farmstead has been named the best brewery in Vermont, the United States, and the world (for the 4th time in a row!) by RateBeer.com.
Vermont food products are in high demand nationally; the state produces 47 percent of the nation’s maple crop — making it the national leader — and 67 percent of all milk in New England.
Major regional and national players include AgriMark, Commonwealth Dairy, and Ben & Jerry’s in the dairy industry; and Long Trail Brewing, Woodchuck Cider, and Caledonia Spirits in beverages. King Arthur Flour, a 200-year-old Vermont company, is the largest producer of bread flour in the country.
Within the food system, there is a spirit of cooperation and partnership amongst producers, who recognize the value of working together to promote their products, share best practices, and expand Vermont’s reputation for world-class products. It is a close-knit community, committed to an ethic of sustainability, social responsibility, and epicurean excellence.
Since the state began implementing its first Farm to Plate Strategic Plan, Vermont has added 6,374 food-system jobs — now totaling 64,385 — and increased food-system gross sales by 32 percent and value-added food manufacturing by 58 percent. In the past two years, 23 new meat facilities and 25 new dairy processing facilities came online, fueling continued sustainable growth in the state’s thriving agriculture sector (based on 2016 data).
Vermont attracts students who value farms and food, and there are many talented graduates interested in being part of the local food system. The Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium, which includes the University of Vermont, Vermont Technical College, Sterling College, Green Mountain College, Vermont Law School, Middlebury College, and the New England Culinary Institute, keeps the talent pipeline full, turning out scores of skilled graduates annually, with programming and certificates in almost two dozen core areas of food systems study.
KEY FACTS AND FIGURES
Of all Vermont farms are organic (2016)
Million in agriculture sales in 2017
Breweries per capita (#1 in the U.S. per 100,000 21+ adults)
[Source: Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund]
REPRESENTATIVE VERMONT COMPANIES IN FOOD, BEVERAGE, AND CONSUMER GOODS
|Against the Grain Gourmet||2051 Bakery Products; 5461 Bakeries||Southern||Brattleboro|
|Ben & Jerry’s||2024 Ice Cream||Central||Waterbury|
|Black River Produce||5148 Produce Distribution; 5431 Produce Retail||Southern||Springfield|
|Bruegger's Enterprises||2051 Bakery Products; 5461 Bakeries||Northwest||Burlington|
|Butternut Mountain Farm||2033 Sauces/Salsa/Juices & Jams; 2099 Prepared Foods/Nec||Northeast||Morrisville|
|Cabot Creamery Cooperative||2021 Butter; 2022 Cheese||Central||Montpelier|
|Copeland Furniture||2511 Furniture/Wood||Central||Bradford|
|Darn Tough Vermont||2252 Hosiery||Central||Northfield|
|Food Science Corporation||2833 Medicinal & Nutritional||Northwest||Essex Junction|
|George Weston Bakeries||2051 Bakery Products; 5149 Grocer Products||Northwest||Williston|
|Grafton Village Cheese Co. LLC||2022 Cheese||Southern||Grafton|
|HP Hood||5143 Dairy Products Distrib||Central||Barre|
|Hubbardton Forge||3645 Lighting Fixtures||Southern||Castleton|
|Keurig Green Mountain||2095 Coffee; 5149 Grocer Products||Central||Waterbury|
|King Arthur Flour||2041 Flour; 5149 Grocer Products||Southern||Norwich|
|Koffee Kup Bakery||2051 Bakery Products||Northwest||Burlington|
|Lake Champlain Chocolates||2064 Candy||Northwest||Burlington|
|Long Trail Brewing Company||2082 Brewers||Southern||Bridgewater Corners|
|Maple Grove Farms of Vermont||2033 Sauces/Salsa/Juices & Jams; 2099 Prepared Foods/Nec||Northeast||Saint Johnsbury|
|Maplebrook Farm||2022 Cheese||Southern||Bennington|
|Monument Farms||2026 Milk & Yogurt||Central||Weybridge|
|New England Culinary Institute||8221 Colleges & Universities; 8222 Junior & Other Colleges||Central||Montpelier|
|New England Woodcraft||2499 Wood Products/Nec; 2511 Furniture/Wood||Southern||Forrest Dale|
|Orvis Company||3949 Sporting & Athletic Goods||Southern||Sunderland|
|Pompanoosuc Mills||2511 Furniture/Wood; 5712 Benches/Retail||Southern||East Thetford|
|Rhino Foods||2053 Frozen Desserts||Northwest||Burlington|
|Seventh Generation||5199 Non-durable Goods Distrib/Nec||Northwest||Burlington|
|Shelburne Farms||0191 Farms; 2022 Cheese||Northwest||Shelburne|
|Simon Pearce||3229 Glassware; 3269 Pottery||Southern||Windsor|
|St Albans Cooperative Creamery||5143 Dairy Products Distrib||Northwest||Saint Albans|
|Vermont Creamery, Inc.||2022 Cheese||Central||Websterville|
|Vermont Hard Cider Company||0175 Orchards; 2085 Distillers/Liquors||Central||Middlebury|
|Westminster Cracker Company||2052 Cookies & Crackers||Southern||Rutland|