Hops

Hop grower cluster is expanding

[14 May/Farmers Weekly] New Zealand’s hop growers were expanding to cater for craft beer demand. Growers were making large investments in new plantings and facilities according to NZ Hops. NZ Hops Chief Executive, Doug Donelan, said wind and heat dominated the growing season before harvesting started in mid-February. It meant growers produced a much lighter...

Hops production in NZ slumps by 10 percent

[22 May/ Radio NZ Country] The New Zealand Hop Co-operative says that its 18 growers, all of whom are in the Nelson region, has seen production fall around 10% to 750 tonnes.  CEO, Doug Donelan, said the crop had suffered as the the weather had not been right since spring started wet, and was compounded...

Why did US-based FS Investors pour millions into a Nelson hop farm?

 [1 April/ Stuff] The Overseas Investment Office has approved the sale of a 119-hectare farm in Upper Moutere for $9.8 million to overseas buyer FS Investors. Labelled Freestyle Farms, it was the first such purchase by an overseas buyer of a hop farm. FS Investors partner David Dunbar said the company’s investments are interesting and...

More money, more problems – Kiwi craft beer growing pains

[26 February/ New Zealand Herald] Recent statistics show total beer consumption is growing again, with the high alcohol category-typically reflecting the craft beer market- doubling over the past 5 years. Craft beer growth has created a problem for many local craft brewers who “suddenly see themselves running multi-million dollar operations.” Many NZ craft beer companies...

Asian thirst for unique NZ hops bolsters industry growth

 [5 December/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] New Zealand Hops Limited Chief Executive, Doug Donelan said new land was being converted to hop gardens, processing cool store capacity was being increased, and five new growers had started gardens in the last few years. The surge in growth of the industry was due to a new generation...