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Walden Local Meat Acquires Full Controlling Interest in Vermont Packinghouse

Oct. 11, 2023
Massachusetts-based Walden has been a partial owner of Vermont Packinghouse since 2020 and acquired remaining interest from Lorentz Meats.

Massachusetts-based Walden Local Meat has fully acquired Vermont Packinghouse (VPH), purchasing the majority interest in the regional meat-processing facility in Springfield, Vt., from Lorentz Meats, according to a release. VPH is a USDA-inspected, large-animal beef and pork processing facility that services more than 100 farms in the Northeast. Walden has been a customer of VPH since 2017 and partial owner since 2020.

Walden’s stated mission is to service communities across New England and New York with sustainably and humanely raised meat. The company says the acquisition reflects its commitment to building out its supply chain, serve farmers in the Northeast and grow the market for local meat.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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