Vermont Creamery, whose products are carried by numerous outlets in the Greater Capital Region, has become part of Big Dairy.
Land O' Lakes has purchased the 33-year-old Websterville, VT, company that put itself up for acquisition because it has experienced a level of growth that made it need a partner to help it realize its business potential. Technically, the Vermont company will become an independently operating subsidiary of Land O' Lakes.
Vermont Creamery's main products are goat cheeses, cultured butters and fresh dairy. In announcing the development, co-founders Allison Hooper and Bob Reese said the company is a "a good fit" for the Minnesota-based butter-maker. And, Land O'Lakes president and CEO Chris Policinski said his company would like to bring the brand to a broader market.
Land O'Lakes officials were in Websterville this morning to meet with about 100 employees. They said they plan to make significant investments in the facilities and will increase both starting and
hourly wages and benefits for all employees.
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