Originally published in The Commons issue #390 (Wednesday, January 11, 2017). This story appeared on page C3.
BRATTLEBORO—Runamok Maple, a Cambridge, Vt.-based maker of all-natural, organic maple syrup, including a collection of barrel-aged, smoked, and infused maple syrups, recently announced the acquisition of Brattleboro-based Bascom Maple Farms’ maple candy operation.
According to a news release, the candy operation of Bascom Maple Farms, consisting of maple candy and maple butter, will be owned by Runamok Maple and operated under the name of True North Maple, a newly developed maple candy brand from Runamok Maple.
True North Maple will use the production facilities at Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation’s Cotton Mill Building in Brattleboro, but will operate as a separate entity.
“Our team plans to build on the amazing foundation that Bascom Maple Farms has created and offer consumers a fresh, innovative approach to maple candy and maple butter,” said Eric Sorkin, co-founder of Runamok Maple and True North Maple.
Beyond producing its own maple candy products for consumers under the name True North Maple, Sorkin’s team will supply six private labels with their maple products as well as actively seek collaborations with other sugar makers who are looking to “white label” or private label.
Bascom Maple Farms, the largest independent supplier of pure maple syrup, maple sugar, and maple candy in the country, will continue to be a leading supplier of maple products to distributors, manufacturers, and retailers.
Bascom will contract their candy from Runamok and will still be marketing maple candy through its Coombs and Brown Family Farms brands.
With the sale of his maple candy operation to Runamok Maple, founder and owner Bruce Bascom plans to focus his attention on growing his core maple businesses.
Bascom Maple Farms is one of the largest producers of pure maple syrup in New England and the largest independent maple supplier in the country. The Bascom farm is located on over 3,000 acres high in Alstead, N.H., near the Connecticut River. It is a major supplier of maple products to retailers, distributors, manufacturers, and restaurants.
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