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Manchester company recognized for exporting

Release Date: 
Friday, April 26, 2019

Small Batch OrganicsMANCHESTER CENTER, Vt. – A local granola manufacturing business is being recognized by the federal government for its global sales.

Small Batch Organics, owned and operated by Lindsay Martin, has been named the 2019 Vermont Exporter of the Year by the Small Business Administration.  The company’s largest export markets are Canada, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. According to a 2018 report by the International Trade Administration, Canada is the largest market for Vermont exports, followed by Hong Kong.

“Our Small Batch Organics items are sold to a variety of stores. From local Vermont mom and pop stores to an organic grocery store chain in Taiwan, Small Batch Organics has a broad reach in the marketplace. At our facility, all elements of the process are managed, all of the granola and bark are produced, packaged and shipped by the Small Batch Organics team,” Martin said.

As a child, Martin’s family lived in and traveled throughout Africa, Asia and Europe. She says exporting has given her the opportunity to stay connected with her upbringing.

Small Batch Organics also has a significant national reach. Its granola is sold in more than 1,000  grocery stores throughout the U.S.

A serial entrepreneur, this is the fourth business Martin has started in Vermont. Prior to Small Batch Organics, she had a farm stand and a bakery, but none of her prior ventures took off like her current one. When the company started in 2015 it did not have a space to produce granola, it had to be built and when completed it was only 2,000 square feet. Today the business has 13 employees and occupies a 13,000 square-foot facility on Natural Form Way with 5,500 square feet dedicated to production and 7,500 to warehousing.

Martin said she when she started Small Batch Organics she had only one granola recipe, but knew it was something special and it could sell. Four years later Small Batch Organics offers 11 flavors, including its Original, Toasted Coconut Ginger and Cranberry Maple Crunch.

 “All of the flavors are based on the original formula, with changes being made to highlight special ingredients and garnishes. The products are all organic, gluten free and kosher. Small Batch Organics ingredients are sourced directly from farms and artisanal food producers when possible to insure quality ingredients,” she said.

Small Batch Organics global reach is continuously growing. It recently attended a trade show in Japan and in early April began exporting to Panama. The company is also working on a new package, so its granola will have a longer shelf life to be exported to more countries. 

Small Batch Organics and other small business award winners will be presented their awards during the 2019 Vermont Small Business Awards Ceremony cohosted by Vermont Business Magazine in June. The ceremony is open to the public and registration will be available in May.

Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.

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