Sustainability - Sustainable thinking and action from production to marketing.
A particularly impressive feature of our hops is their splendid aroma, which is due not least of all to the optimal growth conditions.
“Healthy soil, healthy hops, healthy beer”
The trio of the biology, chemistry and physics of the soil is decisive for being able to produce healthy plants of the best quality. Thanks to his training as a soil practitioner, manager Thomas Kiermeier has a comprehensive knowledge of dealing with plants and soil. In a constant exchange of information with the partner companies, the prevalent conditions are discussed, depending on the season, and expertise is shared. In addition to this, there is the possibility of receiving hops continually from the same site, via pre-contracts. This way, the brewers’ quality preferences can be optimally catered to, after all, the hops make a substantial contribution towards an excellent beer aroma.
Our own compost facility lays the foundation for high-quality hops
Own Compost Facility
Since 2011, we have been able to live up to our extremely high standards of soil quality by means of our own compost facility. Only in this way is it possible to ensure the first-class quality of our hops.
- Processing of agricultural organic waste materials
- Coal compost
- Development of organic long-term fertilizer
- Potting composts
Research and Innovation
The philosophy of our business is sustainable treatment of people and nature. Efficient and well thought-through approaches characterise the entirety of our operations, day in, day out. Just as John F. Kennedy said “He who acts where others talk gets ahead in life.”
- Trials with organic crop protection
- Heat recovery (drying)
- Reduced soil tillage
- Photovoltaics (over 1,000 kW on our roofs)
- And much more besides
As a result, we have since been able to reduce fertiliser use by 40% and chemical crop protection by 30%, while the quality of the hops has benefited substantially. The start has been made for the long-term process of soil cultivation and the advantages for all those involved will continue to develop steadily.