A Changing Of The Guard For Cabot Retail Stores – Erica Burke Named General Manager of Retail Operations

Cabot, VT – Cabot Creamery Co-operative, currently celebrating its 100thyear of operation, has announced that Cabot Visitor Center Manager Erica Burke has been promoted to the General Manager of all Cabot retail operations including the three Vermont stores in Cabot, Waterbury, and Quechee, and on the Waterfront in Portland, ME. 

Burke succeeds Laurie Callahan, who dedicated 25 years to the farmers as Cabot’s Director of Retail and Tourism.

“Our retail stores touch visitors, second home owners and residents, allowing us to show off what’s new for us and other Vermont specialty foods.  Our stores are Cabot’s only direct connection to customers.  We rely on retailers in all parts of the country to carry and sell our products.  At our own stores, we can take time with folks to talk about our cooperative and our products,” says Cabot Creamery CEO Ed Townley. “As founding members of both the Vermont Specialty Food Association and the Vermont Cheese Council, our retail stores welcome and sample Vermont’s special bounty of spirits, brews, cheeses and Vermont products.  We thank Laurie for enhancing our commitment to Vermont throughout her tenure.  And I salute Erica as our newest retail champion.”

More than 250,000 customers visit Cabot stores in any given year where the highlight is sampling the co-ops award winning cheeses.  “Once people try our cheese and other Vermont products, they buy ours and our partners – and more importantly, folks buy when they get home,” states Burke. 

Cabot has grown from a butter and a cheese vat in the town of Cabot, Vermont to four creameries in three states producing over one thousand varieties of cheese and dairy products being distributed throughout the US and 22 countries. Since its founding, all profits have been returned to the farm families, who proudly employ almost 900 people in their manufacturing operations.

About Cabot Creamery Co-operative

Cabot Creamery Co-operative has been in continuous operation in Vermont since 1919, and makes a full line of cheeses, Greek yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and butter. Widely known as makers of “The World’s Best Cheddar,” Cabot is owned by the 800 dairy farm families of Agri-Mark, the Northeast’s premier dairy cooperative, with family farms located throughout New England and upstate New York. For more information, visit: http://www.cabotcheese.coop.

Cabot Creamery Co-operativeis the world’s first cheese maker and dairy cooperative to achieve B Corporation Certification, a validation of its attention to environmental and social impacts on stakeholders.