Maple and More
November/December 2017 ■
By Meagan Parrish, Senior Reporter
Rows of barrels are piled high against the wall outside of Runamok Maple’s production facility, which is tucked into a serene hillside in Cambridge, Vermont. They’re
the same type often used to hold oil, but what’s inside these
barrels is a commodity that’s much more valuable than that —
“Right now a barrel of oil is about $50,” Eric Sorkin, the
company’s co-owner points out. “But right now the same
amount of syrup is worth about $1,500.”
That’s just plain maple syrup. What Runamok is now
producing is fetching an even higher price.
Last year, the company transitioned from manufacturing
wholesale maple syrup — which it had been doing since
2009 — to producing specialized, flavor-infused syrups.
Sorkin, alongside his wife and company co-owner, Laura, knew
Runamok was entering a market with large potential and few
competitors. But their success in the last 18 months has been
beyond their wildest expectations.
Part of what sets Runamok’s syrups apart is the way its
bottles are designed. Even in Vermont, where grocery stores
are stocked from the floor up with locally made maple syrups,
Runamok’s products stand out from the crowd. Instead of the
traditional jug, Runamok’s syrup is presented in sleek bottle
that looks more like it would hold a specialty liquor. Affixed to
the front, a whimsical illustration portrays the main ingredient
Runamok Maple produces specialized, flavor-infused maple syrups at its Vermont facility.