About Loftus Ranches & Yakima Chief – Hopunion
B.T. Loftus Ranches Inc.
B.T. Loftus Ranches Inc. is one of the Yakima Valley's longest running hop farms. In 1920, the Loftus
family moved to Moxee, Washington in pursuit of work on the railroad and began farming a variety of
crops and livestock. With the end of the Prohibition era, B.T. and Leota Loftus planted the family's
first hop field in 1932. Today, Loftus Ranches is owned and operated by third generation hop growers
Mike and Cheryl (Hanses) Smith. The fourth generation of the family to grow hops is represented by
their oldest son, Patrick, who joined the business in 2008. Loftus Ranches has ownership in Select
Botanicals Group and the Hop Breeding Company. The farm has significant acreage planted of Simcoe®,
Citra®, Palisade®, Mosaic®, Warrior® and Tomahawk® in addition to several
experimental hop varieties. Loftus Ranches is one of the largest growers for the craft beer industry,
valuing quality, sustainability and innovation. They are dedicated to their craft and look forward to
growing varieties that meet the needs of microbrewers for many years to come.
Yakima Chief – Hopunion
In 2006, Yakima Chief, Inc. and Hopunion LLC combined their respective craft beer
business segments in an agreement which allowed Hopunion to focus solely on craft
brewing customers, and Yakima Chief on larger global markets. This initial market
segmentation created a culture where Hopunion was influenced by independent artisan
brewers, while Yakima Chief was impacted by process and the ability to meet customer
requirements for compliance with supplier audits and quality criteria.
As craft breweries became larger and more unified in their focus on quality,
sustainable practices and consistency of product, demand for both companies began
to overlap. The ownership of Hopunion and Yakima Chief commissioned a study in 2013
to research the feasibility of a full business merger and whether or not the
resulting new company would be better equipped to serve the entire brewing community.
Inspired by the shared vision of connecting family hop farms with the world's finest
brewers, Yakima Chief, Inc. and Hopunion LLC decided to fully combine operations on
July 31, 2014. The resulting new company, Yakima Chief - Hopunion, or YCH HOPS for
short, a 100% grower-owned supplier of hops and hop products, is who we are today.