Capstone – Project

Profitability, Partnering, Succession in NYS Drinks Industry – Little Apple Cidery

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Project Synopsis

Little Apple Farm and Cidery is a Certified Organic Apple Orchard and start-up Farm Cidery in Hillsdale, New York. We produce fresh and hard cider in a fast growing innovative industry. Our goals are to achieve profitability, partner with other drinks industry companies and establish a farm and cidery succession strategy. We are three years into a 10-year business plan and completing a major investment in new equipment. Time to consider course corrections and address key issues.


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Company Information

CompanyLittle Apple Cidery
HQNew York
StageSmall Business
Hiring PotentialN/A

Company Overview

Little Apple Cidery is a NOFA-NY Certified Organic orchard in Hillsdale, NY situated near the Massachusetts border and Taconic Range. We are the orchard on Orchard Lane. The Farm Cidery began operations in 2015 producing custom-crafted fresh and hard ciders for the local market from heirloom, cider and wild apple varieties.

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Experiential Learning Program Details

SchoolUniversity of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business
Engagement FormatCapstone - Small Team Consulting Project - Students work in small groups of 2-6 directly with faculty and host company project champions on developing real solutions to real-world challenges.
Students Enrolled120 Enrolled, 2-5 per group per project
Meeting Day & Time3/2 - 3/5/2019 on-site at host company
Student Time Commitment1-3 Hours Per Week
Company Time Commitment3-5 Hours
Duration0.43 Weeks

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Alice Obermiller

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