Hops

Happy medium needed in hops growth

[9 November/Rural News] Chief Executive of NZ Hops, Doug Donelan, says that the co-operative has at least quadrupled the value over the past 10 years as sales have grown from about $8 million to about $35m. Mr Donelan notes that are those around the industry that believe New Zealand could triple the current production volume...

Government and industry join forces for hop venture

[10 October/Stuff] Taxpayer funds will be used to develop top quality hops for New Zealand’s craft beer business. They want to replicate the success of the wine industry, and make New Zealand craft beer sought after globally. Garage Project and Freestyle Farms have partnered together with the aim to develop the hops. Their partnership is...

Hopportunity knocks in Tapawera

[31 July/Radio NZ] MyFarm has launched a $17.64 investment offer to fund New Zealand’s largest hop orchard, the Tapawera Hop Garden Limited Partnership. It included the purchase of a 96 hectare property and lease of a 50 hectare property that would be developed into a hop garden. MyFarm CEO, Andrew Watters, said half the garden...

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...