perfecting our passion
for hops

The rigorous standards we set for ourselves are guided by certification programs that have helped ensure quality, safety and responsibility for generations. We are proud to consistently maintain these established principles.

Quality

ISO 9001

Assuring quality is a challenge in any industry, but when you are responsible for growing, processing and delivering a food product from many different farms, your quality management systems (QMS) have to be exceptional.

Meeting ISO 9001 standards requires dedicated cooperation across all departments. The certification verifies our commitment to providing products and services that satisfy our customers’ needs, and continually improving our processes.

Our quality management principles include customer-focused leadership and evidence-based decision-making driven by internal audit teams and brewer feedback programs.

ABOUT ISO

The International Organization for Standardization, ISO, is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards in relation to products, services and systems. These internationally-recognized, market relevant standards pertain to a wide range of industries, including technology, food safety, agriculture and healthcare.

As a globally recognized set of standards for quality, safety and efficiency, ISO certifications are instrumental in facilitating international trade. They offer many technological, economic and social benefits, including cost savings, waste reduction, increased productivity and enhanced customer satisfaction. For consumers, ISO certifications provide the necessary assurance to know that products produced by an ISO facility are safe, efficient and good for the environment.

All requests to review ISO 14001-2015 Environmental Manual can be made by emailing [email protected].

ENVIRONMENTAL

ISO 14001

Wasting resources is not only expensive, it’s just plain wrong. ISO 14001 supplies the methods to control air pollution, water and sewage issues, waste management, soil contamination, climate change mitigation and resource efficiency.

FOOD GRADE & HEALTH

ARE HOPS GENETICALLY MODIFIED (GMO)?

The document below details our compliance with applicable US and EU food safety standards, so let us cut to the chase: Yakima Chief Hops products are all-natural, GMO-free ingredients produced from healthy hops, grown and manufactured without the use of synthetic or artificial additives or methods.

All of our hops are developed using traditional breeding methods without deliberate, specific modification of the DNA by molecular cloning.

Kosher

All Yakima Chief Hops whole leaf hop, hop pellet and hop extract products are certified Kosher Parve. Our production facilities in Yakima and Sunnyside, Washington pursue annual certification, meaning they meet specific, comprehensive requirements in the production, monitoring and processing of all aspects of agricultural production from farm to consumer.

Organic Certification

YCH purchases Organic Hops directly from Certified Organic growers.  It takes a lot of dedication of labor, time and resources to produce quality organic hops.  Organic growers have to follow USDA requirements and go through inspections of the field and picking facilitates.  Growing requires more labor for weed control and alternate means of pest control.

YCH goes through WSDA inspections at all facilities for our certification.  Producing organic products requires strict procedures for cleaning, which means more labor and production time. In accordance with USDA Organic Regulations, this certification ensures that no chemicals were used on any products labeled as Organic and enforces efforts to maintain the natural environment so you can receive a natural product.