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Local Cider Has Big Dreams, Plans to Spread Across the U.S.

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The business plans to be in all 50 states in the next five years. The business plans to be in all 50 states in the next five years.
KENNEWICK, WA- D's Wicked Cider has not even been around for two years, but their business has grown exponentially.

D's Wicked Cider Kennewick plans to be a household name in all 50 states within 5 years.

Ask the owner if he expected this, and he will say no. 

"No. Not even close," said Daniel Washam, owner of D's Wicked Cider.

In December 2013 they made 450 gallons of cider, selling $4,200 worth.  In December 2014 they have made 12,000 gallons, selling $120,000 worth.  That is a 4,700% increase.

Unfortunately, it has not all been easy for this rapidly growing company.

"There's always growth problems and it's definitely been the tail wagging the dog.  We've had to make sacrifices.  We started off crawling, then we started walking, and now we're running," said Washam.

"If you look at some of the other million case production facilities or million gallon production facilities throughout the country, they're massive.  That's our goal.  We're going to be in 50 states in 5 years, most likely, and we've got to be able to meet this demand," said cider maker, Travis Maple.

D's Wicked Cider is currently selling in Washington and Oregon, but by January, they will be in Alaska, Colorado, and Hawaii.

They are working on a contract with a distributor to sell in all 50 states and that distributor said they have not seen anything like this cider.

"Their statement was 'there's nothing on the market available quite like this'," said Washam.

No matter how much work it takes, they are always reaching for their goal.

"Sometimes we'll be very busy, have long days, long nights, but it's all about that final goal in the end," said Maple.

Washam said it all started with a glass of cider he made for his wife and now they have nine tanks in producing more than 12,000 gallons of cider a month.

D's Wicked Cider is in almost every grocery store chain in Washington.
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