Vermont Food System Plan Product Brief: Spirits

The Vermont distilled spirits industry is little more than 20 years old and has an outsized impact on Vermont’s identity as a destination for farm-to-table dining and craft beverages. Distilled spirits present an opportunity for Vermont farmers and food businesses to have their products showcased as part of a premium drink’s narrative, for Vermont’s agricultural sector to access new buyers via shipment of spirits to export markets, and to build craft-spirits tourism on the shoulders of established beer tourism. While growth opportunities exist for distilling, and the industry can be an asset for developing Vermont’s economy, brand value, and working landscape, supporting and expanding the industry further will require regulatory reform, capital and marketing investment, and supply chain coordination between Vermont farmers, food businesses, and distillers.

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