people and planet first
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.
2019 CSR REPORT
Maintaining a healthy supply chain.
We pride ourselves on our ability to be the leading hop supplier of choice and seek out opportunities to continually improve our methods in achieving that accolade. We’re proud of the products we sell and actively participate in the grower portion of our supply chains. Our culture is built on a foundation of continuous improvement to provide our customers with the highest quality hop products and promote environmentally sustainable practices throughout all operations from propagation to pint.
It all starts in the field and hop farming, like all farming, takes a lot of capital. Smart investments in land, facilities and people ensure the long-term availability of sustainably grown northwest hops to meet global demand.
Collectively there are 52 different farms from which we source our hops, with 52 different ways of mastering their craft. In addition to our growers located in the Pacific Northwest, we have several other growers providing us with quality hops throughout the world. While these farms are located miles apart, they all possess the same shared values. We take great pride in ensuring that the growers that participate in our supply chain reflect the same values we hold here at YCH.
We deeply respect the growers and family farms that continue to supply us with world-class hops year after year and are dedicated to doing right by them. Each year, we distribute an industry-leading percentage of our earnings back to the growers, referred to as our return-to-grower (RTG), to help them make continuous improvements, reinvest in their farms and continue their legacy. Each year, we make grower distributions based on the earnings for that particular year.
Amount of the revenue returned to growers for hops sold. *CY2019
95% LOCAL HOPS
Sourced from Washington, Oregon
and Idaho farms.
55+ Family Farms
Produced and Supplied raw hops to YCH. *CY2019
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
Healthy hops require a healthy planet.
Recognizing the intrinsic relationship between healthy hops and a healthy planet, it was only natural for us as a grower owned company to embrace the need to incorporate environmentalism into our overall business approach. Simply put, we understand that in order to reap the benefits of a bountiful harvest year after year, appropriate measures must be put in place to preserve the natural resources we heavily rely on to ensure the quality of our hops.
This ideology is also applied within our facilities as we have invested in equipment and process improvements that allow us to lessen our overall impact on the planet, while simultaneously reducing our carbon footprint.
Our long-term success as a company is dependent upon the health of the planet. This mindset forces us to operate with a holistic view of our environmental impact, being mindful of our business activities and striving to do the right thing while satisfying our customers’ expectations.
359,005 KILOWATT HOURS
Electricity generated from onsite solar panels.
Water reclaimed to help support local avian habitat & recharge the groundwater.
Amount of locally recycled cardboard.
Being a responsible neighbor, globally.
Different perspectives help us all to achieve more. There are billions of people on this planet with valuable skills to offer and an incredible drive to succeed. However, we recognize that many people are overlooked based on their background when companies aim to fulfill employment opportunities. We believe that an organization becomes stronger with increasing diversity and strive to employ people with varying experiences and backgrounds.
It is this unique blend of employees that helps us to meet the challenges and opportunities of today’s world as we expand into more international and complex settings. We embrace the different perspectives that each employee brings to the table while we navigate the various needs and cultures of the global brewing community.
Our employees are more than just hopheads and beer geeks. They are individuals from all different walks of life who have come together over their shared passion and appreciation for our mission, vision and values. Since our inception, Yakima Chief Hops has built a strong legacy of giving back to our communities in which we live, work, and play.
We are committed to enriching the lives of our community members by providing employees with opportunities to actively participate in our Give Back program. These programs range from offering paid volunteer hours for employees to engage in local nonprofits, to participating in our Community Blends program which supports worthy causes through collaborative development of new hop blends. .
Hours of skill-based volunteering donated by employees.
Number of local community partners.
Amount donated to local non-profit organizations.
Download our annual Corporate Social Responsibility Reports to read more about our efforts to bring value to our employees, enrich our communities and protect our natural resources. You can also learn more about our certifications here.