Monday, November 17, 2014
FLETCHER – With 14,000 gallons produced this year, Noble Cider is not the same company it was two years ago when the market’s big thirst for their small batch of 2,000 gallons caused the barrels to run dry before the next apple season.
“That’s when we had our first realization that we needed to make a lot more because we can’t just stop selling. We have to continue to have something to sell in order to still be a business,” said Trevor Baker, co-founder of Noble Cider. “Running out just isn’t an option anymore.”
In less than two years, the local hard cider company has grown its production by 700 percent, increased its contracts from 5 to 75 and is in the process of opening a 9,000-square foot facility in the former Carpet Connection building in West Asheville.
The startup phase is over.
However, a new opportunity to help Western North Carolina businesses like Noble Cider to grow has just begun.
AdvantageWest, the nonprofit economic development partnership for the state’s 23 westernmost counties, was recently awarded a five-year, $1.2 million contract to develop ScaleUp WNC.