VCC, Woodchuck and Green Mountain Beverage Returned to Local Ownership as Cider Category Grows
Vermont Business Magazine Northeast Drinks Group LLC a privately owned holding company, today announces that it has closed on the transaction to purchase the Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC, from C&C Group plc. Vermont Hard Cider Company is famous for its Woodchuck brand. C&C announced in mid-March that it sold the Middlebury plant and Woodchuck cider for $20 million to Northeast Drinks.
The purchase of VCC from C&C Group plc includes NDG acquiring Woodchuck, the iconic hard cider, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, along with the rest of the portfolio of award-winning brands. Woodchuck is set to re-introduce several limited-edition ciders in the coming months, paying homage to the brand’s popular variants over the years. NDG is very optimistic about the health of both the segment and VCC’s portfolio of brands as the company moves into 2021, with Cider growing at 14% and Woodchuck +24% in the last 26 weeks.1
In addition, Green Mountain Beverage, a division of Vermont Cider Company, which is a leading manufacturer and co-packing facility of hard cider, alcoholic RTDs and specialty non-alcoholic beverages, is now fully owned and controlled by NDG.
Bridget Blacklock of Vermont Cider Company:
“New ownership comes at an exciting time for the company as Woodchuck celebrates its 30th anniversary and has demonstrated healthy growth in 2020, which has continued this year, with depletions trending +26% over the past 90 days. With NDG, we look forward to new ownership not only investing in key areas of support with our existing brands but also focusing on new product innovation and launches.”
David Mandler of Northeast Drinks Group:
“We’re pleased to share that all will remain intact at VCC. NDG was formed for the sole purpose of acquiring VCC and it will be keeping all employees and contracts in place to ensure a seamless transition. NDG has plans to add employees to support key areas of the business as we evaluate the Company’s needs for the future. We could not be more excited to return VCC to local ownership. In addition, NDG is continuing the relationship with C&C as importer for their cider brands including Magners.”
About Northeast Drinks Group
Northeast Drinks Group LLC is a privately owned holding company comprised of members originally from the Northeast that have experience across the beverage sector. For additional information please visit www.ne-dg.com.
About Vermont Cider Company
Vermont Cider Company is a leading hard cider maker in the United States, with a state-of-the-art cidery located in Middlebury, Vermont. Vermont Cider Company crafts a variety of ciders for a variety of consumers. There is iconic Woodchuck, fruit forward Wyder’s as well as the classic Magners Irish Cider and Blackthorn, rounding out our import offerings. Vermont Cider Company reinvigorated American hard cider in 1991, with the launch of Woodchuck, and stays focused on the category today through our commitment to crafting innovative and refreshing hard ciders. For more information about Vermont Cider Company, please visit: www.vtciderco.com.
Source: MIDDLEBURY, Vt.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Northeast Drinks Group LLC 4.9.2021 1 [IRI TUS Multi Outlet + Conv 26wks ending 3/14/21]