Richmond, Tasman 7081,
New Zealand Hops Ltd
PO Box 3205
Richmond, Nelson 7050,
P +64 3 544 8989
F +64 3 544 6007
We are a cooperative of Master Growers, built on family values, whose legend and cultivars have been crafted for over 150 years with creativity and passion, aiming to be the most revered supplier of hops to the world.
From our humble beginnings, we have grown into a strong and prominent primary industry in New Zealand. In 2020 NZ Hops Ltd. are exporting to over 20 countries around the world with key markets being the USA, UK, Australia and Asia.
The story of hops craftsmanship spans 150 years in the Nelson region, with many of todays growers continuing the legacy and knowledge handed down over many generations.
From plant to pint, we get to work with the Growers (the hop Heroes) and the Brewers (the hop Alchemists) who use our hops locally, around New Zealand and internationally to produce craft beers that whet your appetite.
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Plant & Food Research scientist Dr Ron Beatson was awarded the prestigious Morton Coutts Trophy at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand 2021 New Zealand Beer Awards in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the New Zealand hops industry. Dr Beatson has led the research and development of hop breeding and genetics for 38 years at Plant & Food Research. Based at the Motueka Research Centre, he recently celebrated his 50th anniversary as a Plant & Food Research scientist.Over the past three decades, New Zealand-grown hops have built a strong reputation for novelty and high quality with the brewing industry globally. Dr Beatson has been instrumental in the research, development and release of 16 specialty hop cultivars imparting unique flavours to beer, varieties including Motueka™, Riwaka™, Nelson Sauvin™ and the recently released Nectaron® - named in part for its creator - which have placed New Zealand hops on the world stage.Dr Kieran Elborough, Group GM Technology Development of Plant & Food Research says, “Dr Beatson is a leading expert in hops research. He is highly regarded by the industry, and well respected by his peers, collaborators and clients.“His successful breeding and selection of new hops cultivars have transformed the New Zealand brewing industry. Because of his foresight, we have the basis to keep producing new hops that will surprise and exceed the expectations of brewers and growers.“The recent expansion of the NZ hop industry in area and volume is in no small part due to cultivars bred and selected by Dr Beatson,” says Elborough.Craig Orr, Chief Executive NZ Hops said "NZ Hops has a long standing relationship with Plant & Food Research enabling us to remain at the forefront of innovation in our industry. Ron wholeheartedly deserves this award for his outstanding achievements and dedication. Without his work, we wouldn't have our hugely popular and unique hop varieties, such as Nectaron®, Nelson Sauvin™ and others. Working alongside our Master Growers, we have been able to produce world-renowned hops for our brewers, who are in turn, able to produce award-winning brews. Congratulations Ron on this momentous occasion."The Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards celebrates and recognises quality not only in beer but also in the broader organisations and individuals that make the New Zealand brewing industry so vibrant.Named after the New Zealand inventor who revolutionised the science of brewing beer through the continuous fermentation method, the prestigious Morton Coutts award recognises innovation and/or outstanding achievement in the brewing industry.Read More