Grower Owned Co-operative
About NZ Hops
New Zealand Hops is a Nelson-based grower co-operative with core business values founded on collective sustainability, innovative research and modern operational capability. Hops have been grown in the region for more than 150 years and co-ordination of the industry was facilitated with the inception of the New Zealand Hop Marketing Board in 1939 followed by NZ Hops in 1988. Hops can only be grown successfully within 35 to 55 degree latitude locations globally and the Nelson – Richmond – Motueka area, with its relative shelter from the nearby Kahurangi and Richmond ranges, offers optimum growing conditions.
The company has supported a professional plant-breeding programme since the 1950s and in the early 1970’s New Zealand became the first country in the world to commercially produce hops from triploid hop cultivars in response to international brewers’ demand for seedless hops. With 18 Members currently this co-op exports 85% of its harvest to over 30 countries world-wide.
Harvested for perfection
Hops are harvested in NZ in late February and March of each year. During drying hot water radiators are the source of heat thereby ensuring the hops stay free from any contamination by exhaust gases. The dried hops are pelleted in NZ Hops’ facility and hop extracts are produced at a neighbouring modern Supercritical CO2 extraction facility, Pharmalink Extract Ltd. Quality and safety is assured throughout every stage of production via an auditable on farm GAP certification programme and cold storage and processing facilities are provided under ISO (9001-2008) quality and HACCP systems.
The environmental pure difference
Pure New Zealand Hops are grown in the regions’ pristine river valleys and plains under a low impact, integrated pest management systems to produce certified spray-free hops. New Zealand Hops Ltd offers a range of completely organically produced and certified hops. Innovation in hop breeding, chemistry and analysis continues through our research partners, New Zealand Plant and Food Research and in collaboration with the New Zealand Hop Research Committee.
NZ Hops currently offers 24 unique New Zealand-developed triploid cultivars as well as a number of plantings of some new world and traditional northern cultivars.
All are available in various pack sizes as whole cone, type 90 pellets and Supercritical CO2 Extract.
Research and Development
New Zealand Hops has worked closely with Plant & Food Research (formerly Hort Research) on a plant breeding programme for more than 50 years. The programme is managed by Dr Ron A. Beatson at the New Zealand Hop Research Centre at Riwaka, Nelson Province.
The plant breeding work carried out at Riwaka under Dr Beatson’s direction has been recognised by brewers and other industry experts from many parts of the world. They have brought interesting and new varieties to the brewing world and continue to do so at the present time. Dr Beatson’s work has produced hop varieties with high alpha acid, and with retained aroma qualities found to be very acceptable by many brewing companies, as well as new triploid lines derived directly from the European Hallertau and Saaz type hops
Cooperative Business NZ Visit
Co-operative Business NZ CEO, Craig Presland, visited New Zealand Hops in September 2016 and was impressed by the history, endurance and evolution of the organisation including planned grower (on farm) investment of over $35 million over the next few years. In addition New Zealand Hops has its own cool storage expansion plans required to keep up with increasing producer volumes.
“NZ Hops is well placed to capitalise on the rapidly growing craft beer market globally with its carefully developed range of cultivars and varieties” reports Craig.
“This agri-business has been able to match specific brewer taste and flavour requirements with its local grower capabilities resulting in an impressive reputation globally. In NZ alone there are now over 220 small craft beer manufacturers, each with their own requirements, and this is reflective of global trends as consumer tastes have become more specific and refined. NZ Hops has aligned supply to these market preferences, and has been an outstanding success within NZ agri-business sector for more than 150 years, an outstanding example of sustainability and endurance” he says.