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Our 2021 harvest is in!

Julie North @ 2021-04-09 14:24:58 +1200

Well, the frenetic weeks of annual harvest have now drawn to a close!  The 2021 harvest was largely finished by the Easter weekend, with few late bales delivered soon after. The season ran a little ‘slower and lower’ than previous years due to cooler temperatures and more pockets of rain than normal. However, we generally enjoyed mild calm weather throughout. Whilst total hop production delivered was down close to 20% versus last year, with the effects of the Boxing Day hailstorm, we’ve been rewarded with some awesome yields for some cornerstone varieties like, Riwaka™, Nectaron® and Nelson Sauvin™. Most pleasing however, given the...

The American Brewers Association announces two new beer styles unique to the use of New Zealand grown hops

Julie North @ 2021-02-25 13:31:50 +1300

Today America’s Brewers Association released its highly anticipated 2021 Beer Style Guidelines which have included two completely new styles recognising New Zealand hops: New Zealand-Style Pale Ale New Zealand-Style India Pale Ale The guidelines set the scene for brewers, beer judges and competition organisers all around the world. New Zealand hops have been recognised for their unique profile, providing flavours and aromas like no other hops. The Association has particularly noted the strength of New Zealand hop varieties; Nelson Sauvin™,  Moutere™, Wakatu™, Rakau™ and Motueka™. Use of these hops and others from the portfolio of New Zealand grown hops, will help define...

The Zespri effect - Has NZ's Hops Industry found its Sungold?

Julie North @ 2021-02-15 14:30:17 +1300

Craft beer drinkers can relax.

The hailstorm that hammered the Nelson region on Boxing Day, knocking out as much as one-fifth of this season’s hops crop, won’t have much impact on the price of beer.

That’s according to the co-operative NZ Hops, whose 27 growers produce most of the local hops used by many of New Zealand's 200 craft beer makers.

NZ Hops Capturing World Attention - NZ Herald

Molly McLeod @ 2020-11-13 15:57:54 +1300

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/brand-insight/nz-hops-capturing-world-attention/WDQT3QP2SX6OEVULJM7POPO5BM/ NZ hops capturing world attention 13 Nov, 2020 12:00 AM Hop breeders, Dr Ron Beatson and Kerry Templeton. Photo / Supplied. Sponsored byPlant & Food Research Plant & Food Research's 70 years of work with hops still paying off globally. Kiwis like their beer – we have more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the world. With more than 200 craft breweries nationwide, experimentation to produce beers with new and different flavour experiences is widespread, with the major flavour component coming from hops. New Zealand has some of the most sought-after hops in the world. Not only does...

New collaborative research agreement locks in a sustainable future for the New Zealand hops industry

Molly McLeod @ 2020-10-23 16:07:59 +1300

23 October 2020 - Media statement   New collaborative research agreement locks in a sustainable future for the New Zealand hops industry Brewers around the world will be able to access exciting and unique New Zealand hops well into the future, thanks to a new hop breeding partnership.An agreement signed today, sees NZ Hops Ltd, formally partner with Plant & Food Research to ensure a comprehensive strategy is carefully designed to support a sustainable future for the industry.NZ Hops Ltd, a cooperative of 27 growers, is the market leader in the New Zealand hops industry and supplies New Zealand grown hops to 20 countries around the world.  Chief Executive Craig Orr, says "This new...

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