Hop forecast predicts 9% decline in 2018

Early reports for the 2017 hop harvest are suggesting a 9% decline in volumes worldwide. This news was presented as a first estimate at the recent meeting of the International Hop Growers’ Convention (IHGC) which took place in Yakima, USA earlier this month.

Poor weather in parts of the European growing regions is being blamed for the decline and forecasts for worldwide output amount to around 100,000 tonnes in 2017. There was a drought since the beginning of June, which lasted until noteworthy rainfalls in the last week of July.

John Gray, marketing manager for Brewers Select said: “Whilst we are working closely with our hop supply partners to mitigate any shortages in 2018 we do advise brewers to contract their hop supply with us. Customers can then draw down from their contract as and when they require the hops during the year, pre-paying before each delivery. We keep in touch with customers thereafter to review their hop contract requirements.”

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