The students were warmly welcomed and given a tour of the farm and factory. Led by the knowledgeable staff, they had the chance to witness the intricate processes involved in crafting their renowned ciders. This hands-on experience allowed the students to appreciate the meticulous attention to detail and the dedication required to maintain the high-quality standards of Healey’s products.
Furthermore, the students were encouraged to ask questions during a Q&A session with Joe Healey (CO04). This interaction provided invaluable insights into the behind-the-scenes operations of the business. Joe’s expertise and willingness to share his experiences allowed the students to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by Healey’s Cyder Farm.
One of the most enlightening aspects of the trip was Joe Healey’s discussion on how external factors, beyond the control of the business, have influenced product development at Healey’s. Specifically, he shed light on the shift towards increased consumption of low-alcohol and low-calorie beverages, which has significantly impacted the company’s strategies.
A trip to Healey’s wouldn’t have been complete without a tractor ride through the orchards. The students enjoyed learning about the different trees and seeing the vast number of them that grow on the family farm.
A huge thank you to Joe Healey (CO04) for inviting us and taking the time to talk to the students.