is both natural and human
In addition to ensuring the availability of top quality hops to brewers around the world, our efforts are always focused on improving the world around us.
Hop farming, like all farming, takes a lot of capital. Smart investments in land, facilities and people ensure the long-term availability of sustainably-raised Northwest hops to meet a growing global demand.
Our business decisions are driven by social responsibility and industry-leading returns that enable our growers to invest in expanding their operations to supports the financial stability of the surrounding communities.
To increase operational cost-efficiency throughout our network of family farms, we conduct an annual cost survey and facilitate collaboration to better understand production costs and provide guidance for individual business plans.
Amount of the revenue returned to growers for hops sold. *CY2017
95% LOCAL HOPS
Sourced from Washington, Oregon
and Idaho farms.
Hops that met or exceeded
our strict quality standards.
IT’S NOT ABOUT THE NEXT 5 YEARS. IT’S ABOUT THE NEXT 50 YEARS. IT’S ABOUT 5 GENERATIONS FROM NOW.
Steve Perrault | 5th Generation Hop Grower | Perrault Farms
To thrive, we must adapt. It takes a lot of water and energy to grow, process and deliver a high volume of hops to brewers around the world. Yakima Chief Hops is dedicated to constantly assessing and adopting new activities and technologies to conserve resources and enhance plant health while minimizing our impact across our supply chain.
On the Farm
It’s no secret that the Northwest gets plenty of water, but that doesn’t mean we take it for granted. Yakima Chief Hops takes a leading role in water efficiency because we know that every drop saved can be used to irrigate an additional acre of hops or remain in our waterways to support habitat and recreation. We leverage innovations like drip irrigation systems and water-efficient hop varieties to keep water usage at the lowest possible levels.
Yakima Chief Hops farms have taken major steps in reducing energy consumption and emissions by using variable frequency drives on irrigation pumps, high efficiency LED lighting and solar power. Other efforts include improving fertility and pesticide programs and reducing cultivation to minimize tractor passes and retain organic soil matter.
In Our Facilities
Yakima Chief Hops actively pursues every opportunity to continuously improve and reduce our use of electricity and release less carbon dioxide. Consolidating inventory to one site managed by Lean principles means we receive hops at the site where they will be processed, minimizing internal transfers of product between warehouses.
Examples of our eco-friendly advances include designing our Sunnyside shipping facility with elevated roofing and space-efficient pallet racking to maximize pounds per square foot, and investing in solar technology and CO2 recapture systems that allowed us to cut our direct emissions in half.
83,499 KILOWATT HOURS
Electricity saved with Yakima
FGX building upgrades.
In new CO2 Recovery System.
*Starting in late 2018
Amount of cardboard recycled
10/2017 to 03/2018.
As a grower-owned company, we know our success as an organization depends on the success of the people who make it happen. We strive to be Yakima Valley’s employer of choice, committed to providing our richly diverse workforce with safe and gratifying working conditions, competitive compensation, career development opportunities and recognition for notable contributions.
Diversity and Community
A responsible company reflects and supports its communities by hiring qualified employees regardless of gender or ethnicity, and by creating programs that let others share in its prosperity. Of 195 full-time employees in 2017, 30% were women, and roughly half were from a minority group. Our Community Blends program was created to support worthy causes through collaborative development of new hop varieties. In 2017, we partnered with Pink Boots Society® to create a special blend that raised more than $39,000 for a women-in-brewing education fund.
Recognizing Excellence and Innovation
Yakima Chief Hops’ employee incentive and awards programs promote safe and healthy lifestyles, innovation and continuous improvement. Our Excellence and Employee of the Year awards recognize team members who best exemplify Yakima Chief Hops values. The Square Watermelon Award, our highest honor for employee innovation, is awarded annually to the person or group responsible for suggesting the most valuable new idea in support of our mission, vision and values.
Lean manufacturing training to
employees of all levels.
Enrolled in ESL courses.
Enrolled in their first
project management course.