HOP BREEDING PROGRAM

Our farms are more than fields and hops. They are our communities, customers and employees future.

As the largest hop grower in Australia it’s important for us to consider the economic, environmental and social impact of every decision we make, which is why we have agreed to join the UN Global Compact alongside the other regional representatives of the global BarthHaas group. This is a global initiative that offer businesses a framework to help them incorporate sustainability into their operations, as well as manage and measure their performance against universal management principles linked to the environment, human rights and anti-corruption. Together we’re taking a shared responsibility for a better world by setting meaningful targets.

We are committed to ensuring the community shares in our success through supporting local business, volunteering, financial assistance and educational opportunities where possible. Our employees are hand-picked based on their qualifications and ability to embody these values, regardless of gender or ethnicity.

Each and every employee is dedicated to growing alongside our customers so we can continue to support their success. This involves a lot of investment in capacity improvements that are subject to extensive feasibility testing in regards to long-term sustainability.    

We currently produce one of the highest yielding crops in the world by continuously monitoring soil moisture levels to ensure we are using water as efficiently and effectively as possible. This technologically advanced approach allows us to use only what we need to deliver high quality hops to brewers around the world and save the rest to support the local flora, fauna and recreation.

The local fauna is particularly important to some of our other sustainability practices on farm. We have introduced natural predators like coccinelid ladybird beetles to keep the two-spotted mite and other pests at bay, which allows us to maintain our disease free status while significantly reducing our application of agricultural chemicals. We also agist flocks of sheep from local farmers for weed management, which helps to further reduce chemicals and tractor activity as well as retain organic soil matter.

Similarly, we are working to minimise chemicals from our hop analysis process where possible, including phasing out the Lead Conductance Value method in favour of Spectrophotometry. Where this is not possible, we will re-use or recycle.

Some other measures we have taken are LED lighting upgrades that have resulted in energy savings across the business, and participation in the Farm Waste Recovery program.