This past year has been incredibly fulfilling for Yakima Chief – Hopunion. As the brewing industry continued to thrive, so did our family farms and production operations. We thank you for your continued contributions to the hop and brewing industries as the success of our newly-formed company would not have been possible without the enthusiasm, support, and compassion of brewing partners like you.
Throughout 2015, we accomplished many goals and learned much about the capabilities of our dedicated staff. Our Yakima production facility achieved ISO 9001 certification in relation to quality management as determined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In addition, our Sunnyside facility achieved ISO 14001 re-certification regarding environmental management in June.
Accompanying our ISO certification achievements this past year was Lean manufacturing training for all employees. This training provided more than 4,000 hours of workshopping for personnel from every department, and offered numerous tools to enable our team to reduce waste and improve quality of work, service, and product.
Moving forward into 2016, we carry with us our first sustainability report highlighting many of these accomplishments and more. It has been formatted to Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards, and offers a public declaration of our progressive sustainability goals for future years. We view these goals as a wonderful opportunity to practice our company values of collective responsibility and continuous improvement, and look forward to a establishing a shared sense of accountability and transparency as we strive to meet them.
As a valued customer of YCH, we have included a copy of our 2015 Sustainability Report for you. Over the next year, we look forward to continuing to improve and expand our sustainable efforts both on the farm and throughout our production facilities. Collectively, we can all make progress in preserving our natural resources.From all of us at YCH HOPS, have a happy New Year!
To download a copy of our 2015 Sustainability Report, click here.