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Hops set acreage, production value records

Photo courtesy Capital Press

Photo courtesy Capital Press

“U.S. hop growers set new records in acres harvested and value of production in 2016, and reached second best in production volume.

Increases have been fueled for several years by growth of the craft beer industry but now supply has caught up with demand, said Pete Mahony, director of supply chain management and purchasing for John I. Haas, a major processor and grower in Yakima.

“Some varietal re-balancing needs to occur but total U.S. acreage now seems sufficient to meet demand,” Mahony said.”

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Hops set acreage, production value records