Local Cider Has Big Dreams, Plans to Spread Across the U.S. - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

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

Posted: Updated:
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.
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Tri-CitiesTri-Cities NewsMore>>

  • Two local fire chiefs share personal stories in support of proposed bond, levy

    Two local fire chiefs share personal stories in support of proposed bond, levy

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 8:50 PM EDT2018-07-18 00:50:36 GMT

    Two fire chiefs are coming forward to talk about how emergency services have impacted their lives personally.

    More >>

    Two fire chiefs are coming forward to talk about how emergency services have impacted their lives personally.

    More >>
  • Help Center Monday: Mental health

    Help Center Monday: Mental health

    Monday, July 16 2018 8:46 PM EDT2018-07-17 00:46:33 GMT

    For this week's help center, we had several specialists come in to answer your questions about mental health. 

    More >>

    For this week's help center, we had several specialists come in to answer your questions about mental health. 

    More >>
  • House approves Newhouse bill honoring fallen Richland Marine

    House approves Newhouse bill honoring fallen Richland Marine

    Monday, July 16 2018 5:52 PM EDT2018-07-16 21:52:57 GMT

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation H.R. 5504, to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility at 4801 West Van Giesen Street in West Richland, Washington as the “Sergeant Dietrich Schmieman Post Office.” 

    More >>

    The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation H.R. 5504, to designate the U.S. Postal Service facility at 4801 West Van Giesen Street in West Richland, Washington as the “Sergeant Dietrich Schmieman Post Office.” 

    More >>