Richmond, Tasman 7081,
New Zealand Hops Ltd
PO Box 3205
Richmond, Nelson 7050,
Phone +64 3 544 8989
Fax +64 3 544 6007
We are so pleased to share with you all, 2020 has been a record crop! We harvested 1,231,936 kilograms of hops, a whopping 18% on last year. This was largely due to an increased yield per hectare, fantastic reward for our highly experienced Co-op growers who have worked long and hard on their farms, to maximise their growing conditions. We also enjoyed a hot and dry summer here in Tasman providing excellent conditions for harvest which began in late February and ended earlier this month.
The timing of the lockdown has caused minimal strife for the only region commercially growing hops in New Zealand.
Chief executive Craig Orr said the industry had been somewhat fortunate that the March 26 lockdown had occurred at the back end of the 2020 harvest.
“Even though we’re only about one percent of the world’s hops output, the investment made by New Zealand Hops into research and development over the decades is one of the reasons why we have a thriving hop industry. We supply to brewers here and in the States, Australia, Europe and Asia. We’re very lucky to be a part of a co-operative business with huge potential.” - Ben Giesen
We wish to give a summary of our actions and plans in place while we navigate through the next few weeks, in a lock-down situation in New Zealand, and explain any implications for you, our valued customers.
As New Zealand’s primary supplier of hops from our 28 farms within the Co-op, we are confirming the safety and well being of our employees and partners remains top priority. Our Government has moved to enforce new restrictions upon us regarding the potential risks that Coronavirus presents. This notice is to advise our position accordingly;