May 16, 2021

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Stonewall Kitchen Acquires Longtime Roaster Vermont Coffee CompanyDaily Coffee News by Roast Magazine

Vermont Coffee Company

Vermont Coffee Company focuses on organic-certified coffees at its 40,000-square-foot Vermont roastery. Courtesy photo.

Maine-based specialty foods company Stonewall Kitchen has acquired longtime organic coffee roaster Vermont Coffee Company.

The coffee company, founded by Paul Ralston in 2000, joins a small portfolio of specialty food brands owned by Stonewall Kitchen, including the Stonewall brand, Village Candle, Tillen Farms (pickled and jarred foods) and Napa Valley Naturals (oils and vinegars).

The Boston-based private equity firm Audax Private Equity purchased a controlling stake in Stonewall Kitchen in 2019, precipitating a wave of six acquisitions. Just a month ago, Stonewall acquired the spices and seasoning brand Urban Accents.

2018 courtesy photo.

The financial terms of the VCC acquisition were not made public, although Stonewall Kitchen said in an announcement yesterday that the coffee company will remain at its headquarters in Middlebury, Vermont. Additionally, Stonewall announced plans to open a VCC brand cafe in downtown Middlebury in the fall.

“As a purpose-driven company, finding the right home for our brand and the friends I’ve made was of the utmost importance to me,” Ralston, who first began roasting on an antique Royal No. 4 slotted-drum roaster in 1979, said in a press announcement yesterday. “I am extremely happy that Stonewall Kitchen will be the new home of Vermont Coffee Company and will continue roasting with our entire team here in Middlebury.”

Stonewall Kitchen

A lineup of products from Stonewall Kitchen brands. Courtesy photo.

In 2018, VCC became the first roasting company in the United States known to use renewable biogas to power its roastery and headquarters, which occupies a 40,000-square-foot building with multiple Loring machines.