Food and Beverage

Agricultural roots, today's palates.

“Made in Vermont” is synonymous in the minds of consumers with high-quality, authentic, artisanal products.

BACK TO SECTORSREGIONAL PROFILES
64,571

Food system jobs (2019)

556

organic farms in vermont (2016)

$1.1 billion

in restaurant sales (2018)

14.2

breweries per capita (#1 in u.s.
per 100,000 21+ adults) (2019)

Innovation and interconnectivity from farm to plate.

Vermont is quickly becoming the East Coast epicenter of food and farm entrepreneurship.

Vermont 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 AgriMarkCommonwealth Dairy, and Ben & Jerry’s in the dairy industry; and Long Trail BrewingWoodchuck Cider, and Caledonia Spirits in beverages. King Arthur Baking Co., a 200-year-old, employee-owned company, is the largest producer of bread flour in the country. 

Within the food system, producers collaborate, recognizing the value of working together to promote their products, share best practices, and expand Vermont’s reputation for world-class products. 

Since the state began implementing its first Farm to Plate Strategic Plan, Vermont has added 6,560 food-system jobs — now totaling almost 65,000 — and increased food-system gross sales by 32% and value-added food manufacturing by 58%. In the past ten years, 10 new inspected meat processing facilities and 151 new dairy processing facilities (both on-and off-farm) came online, fueling continued sustainable growth in the state’s thriving agriculture sector (based on 2019 data). 

Vermont attracts students who value farms and food, and there are many talented graduates interested in being part of the local food system. Opportunities abound from short courses and stackable credentials, to a 2-year hands-on technical degree to four-year bachelor degrees and even a food systems masters or law degree. Higher education institutions such as the University of VermontVermont Technical CollegeSterling CollegeVermont Law SchoolMiddlebury College, and Bennington College keep 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.

 

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Food and Beverage in Vermont

Supports for Food System Businesses

Supports for Food System Businesses

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In Vermont, Food is
Serious Business

From world class restaurants and family owned bakeries to global brand ice cream and beer, Vermont’s food and beverage establishments and manufacturers  employ tens of thousands, delivering the bounty of our thriving food system.

Vermont’s Breweries, Distilleries & Cideries 

Brewery, Distillery, Cidery
14th Star Brewing Company LLC
Brewery
1st Republic Brewing Co
Brewery
Appalachian Gap Distillery
Distillery
Bent Hill Brewery, LLC
Brewery
Black Flannel Brewing Co.
Brewery
Burlington Beer
Brewery
Caledonia Spirits, Inc
Distillery
Champlain Orchards Inc
Cidery
Citizen Cider
Cidery
Cold Hollow Cider Mill
Cidery
Eden Specialty Ciders
Cidery
Farnham Ale & Lager - South Burlington
Brewery
Foley Brothers Brewing
Brewery
Frost Beer Works
Brewery
Groennfell Meadery
Cidery
Harpoon Brewery
Brewery
Hermit Thrush Brewery
Brewery
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Brewery
Kingdom Brewing
Brewery
Lawson's Finest Liquids, LLC
Brewery
Long Trail Brewing Company
Brewery
Magic Hat Brewing Company & Performing Arts Center, Inc.
Brewery
McNeill's Brewery
Brewery
Mountain Cider Company
Cidery
Next Trick Brewing
Brewery
Northshire Brewery
Brewery
Otter Creek Brewing Company, LLC
Brewery
River Roost Brewery
Brewery
Smugglers' Notch Distillery
Distillery
Spirits of Old Bennington
Distillery
Stonecutter Spirits LLC
Distillery
Stowe Cider
Cidery
Switchback Brewing Co
Brewery
Ten Bends Beer
Brewery
The Alchemist Cannery
Brewery
Trout River Brewing Co.
Brewery
Vermont Brewers Association
Brewery
Vermont Cider Co.
Cidery
Vermont Distillers
Distillery
Vermont Pub & Brewery
Brewery
Vermont Spirits Distilling Company
Distillery
Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery
Brewery
WhistlePig Farms
Distillery
WhistlePig, LLC
Distillery
Windfall Orchard
Cidery
Woodchuck Cider
Cidery
Wood's Cider
Cidery
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery
Brewery
Region
14th Star Brewing Company LLC
Northwest
1st Republic Brewing Co
Central
Appalachian Gap Distillery
Northwest
Bent Hill Brewery, LLC
Central
Black Flannel Brewing Co.
Burlington Beer
Northwest
Caledonia Spirits, Inc
Northeast
Champlain Orchards Inc
Northwest
Citizen Cider
Northwest
Cold Hollow Cider Mill
Central
Eden Specialty Ciders
Northeast
Farnham Ale & Lager - South Burlington
Northwest
Foley Brothers Brewing
Southern
Frost Beer Works
Northwest
Groennfell Meadery
Northwest
Harpoon Brewery
Southern
Hermit Thrush Brewery
Southern
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Northeast
Kingdom Brewing
Northeast
Lawson's Finest Liquids, LLC
Central
Long Trail Brewing Company
Southern
Magic Hat Brewing Company & Performing Arts Center, Inc.
Northwest
McNeill's Brewery
Southern
Mountain Cider Company
Northwest
Next Trick Brewing
Northeast
Northshire Brewery
Southern
Otter Creek Brewing Company, LLC
Northwest
River Roost Brewery
Southern
Smugglers' Notch Distillery
Northwest
Spirits of Old Bennington
Southern
Stonecutter Spirits LLC
Northwest
Stowe Cider
Central
Switchback Brewing Co
Northwest
Ten Bends Beer
Northwest
The Alchemist Cannery
Central
Trout River Brewing Co.
Southern
Vermont Brewers Association
Northwest
Vermont Cider Co.
Northwest
Vermont Distillers
Southern
Vermont Pub & Brewery
Northwest
Vermont Spirits Distilling Company
Southern
Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery
Southern
WhistlePig Farms
Northwest
WhistlePig, LLC
Windfall Orchard
Northwest
Woodchuck Cider
Northwest
Wood's Cider
Southern
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery
Northwest
Location
14th Star Brewing Company LLC
St. Albans Town
1st Republic Brewing Co
Essex Junction Village
Appalachian Gap Distillery
Middlebury
Bent Hill Brewery, LLC
Braintree
Black Flannel Brewing Co.
Burlington Beer
Williston
Caledonia Spirits, Inc
Hardwick
Champlain Orchards Inc
Shoreham
Citizen Cider
Burlington
Cold Hollow Cider Mill
Waterbury
Eden Specialty Ciders
Newport Town
Farnham Ale & Lager - South Burlington
South Burlington
Foley Brothers Brewing
Brandon
Frost Beer Works
Hinesburg
Groennfell Meadery
St. Albans
Harpoon Brewery
Windsor
Hermit Thrush Brewery
Brattleboro
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Greensboro
Kingdom Brewing
Newport Town
Lawson's Finest Liquids, LLC
Warren
Long Trail Brewing Company
Bridgewater
Magic Hat Brewing Company & Performing Arts Center, Inc.
South Burlington
McNeill's Brewery
Brattleboro
Mountain Cider Company
Chittenden
Next Trick Brewing
West Burke Village
Northshire Brewery
Bennington
Otter Creek Brewing Company, LLC
Middlebury
River Roost Brewery
Hartford
Smugglers' Notch Distillery
Jeffersonville Village
Spirits of Old Bennington
Bennington
Stonecutter Spirits LLC
Middlebury
Stowe Cider
Stowe
Switchback Brewing Co
Burlington
Ten Bends Beer
Hyde Park
The Alchemist Cannery
Waterbury
Trout River Brewing Co.
Springfield
Vermont Brewers Association
Burlington
Vermont Cider Co.
Middlebury
Vermont Distillers
Marlboro
Vermont Pub & Brewery
Burlington
Vermont Spirits Distilling Company
Hartford
Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery
Brattleboro
WhistlePig Farms
Shoreham
WhistlePig, LLC
Windfall Orchard
Cornwall
Woodchuck Cider
Middlebury
Wood's Cider
Springfield
Zero Gravity Craft Brewery
Burlington

Representative Food & Beverage Businesses in Vermont

Region
Southern
Location
Brattleboro
Region
Central
Location
Waterbury
Region
Southern
Location
Springfield
Region
Northwest
Location
Burlington
Region
Northeast
Location
Morrisville
Region
Central
Location
Montpelier
Region
Northwest
Location
Essex Junction
Region
Northwest
Location
Enosburg Falls
Region
Southern
Location
Grafton
Region
Central
Location
Barre
Region
Northeast
Location
Greensboro Bend
Region
Northeast
Location
Greensboro Bend
Region
Central
Location
Waterbury
Region
Southern
Location
Norwich
Region
Northwest
Location
Burlington
Region
Northwest
Location
Burlington
Region
Southern
Location
Bridgewater Corners
Region
Northeast
Location
Saint Johnsbury
Region
Southern
Location
Bennington
Region
Central
Location
Weybridge
Region
Northwest
Location
Burlington
Region
Northwest
Location
Shelburne
Region
Northwest
Location
Saint Albans
Region
Southern
Location
Rutland
Region
Central
Location
Waterbury
Region
Central
Location
Websterville
Region
Central
Location
Middlebury
Region
Southern
Location
Rutland
Region
Northwest
Location
Burlington