Pelleting preserves the hop acids and hop oils, producing a more consistent product. The inset photo shows the nitrogen cooling system in Yakima Chief's pellet mill, one of the largest, most advanced in the world. Liquid nitrogen cooling of the die head, as the pellet is formed, helps preserve the vital characteristics of the hops. Another advantage of the nitrogen cooling process is that YC-Type 90 Hop Pellets are less likely to clump together and are free-flowing out of the package into your brew.
The pellet mill has a current capacity of over 150,000 pounds of hops per day and utilizes one of the largest mixing/screening systems of any commercial facility. Yakima Chief produces a uniform, very pure quality pellet - used to make superior extracts - or market directly to brewers. We certify the varietal integrity of every lot and the alpha-acid content of process samples is routinely checked for conformance to customer specifications. We can provide YC-Hop Pellets in large homogenous lots of consistent bitterness.
Personal service, product consistency, technical support and fair pricing - that's the value package that Yakima Chief has established for the brewing industry.
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Yakima Chief, Inc. was founded by hop growing families, some of them growing hops in the Yakima Valley for more than 130 years. The fourteen grower families, who farm more than 20% of the hop acreage in the United States, joined together to build an organization which would market their hop products direct to brewers worldwide.
Yakima Chief now owns and operates nine cold storage warehouses in the YakimaValley, in addition to contract warehousing worldwide. Yakima Chief's pelleting plant is one of the largest, most advanced in the world. In 1999, an important link to providing all of YCI's products direct was completed. Our state-of-the-art CO2 extraction facility enables us to provide extracts to brewer's specifications, under the most stringent quality controls, including ISO 9001 certification.
Yakima Chief has made a significant investment and commitment to the brewing industry in order to have the capabilities to supply all the hop needs of brewers - we can guarantee product consistency and deliver products at a fair price because we are responsible for all the processes.
Mission - to grow, produce and sell high quality hop products worldwide and to ensure the long-term viability of the U.S. family hop farms.
Vision - to become the leading marketer of U.S. hops by offering products with the best value to brewers worldwide and to continue to build on our leadership position as an innovative company.
The Yakima Chief Difference - Our Quality/Value Package. Product consistency, personal service, exceptional technical support, hop-tracking certification, new varieties, fair pricing and total responsibility for the hops from our farms direct to your brew house.