Premier's Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence

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2014 Regional Award Winner


Dornoch Hops Ltd.

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Dornoch Hops Ltd.

Cherie Swift, Rick Elder and MPP Ann Hoggarth

Until now, growing hops has meant starting with a rhizome: the horizontal underground section of the plant's stem. The problem? There's only a 60 to 75 per cent success rate and growers have no way to judge which rhizomes will produce healthy plants. Meanwhile, rhizome producers face their own issues. An adult hop plant can make only a limited number of rhizomes, which are cut in spring. So it's no exaggeration to say that Dornoch Hops has revolutionized the industry when co-founder Cherie Swift used cloning and root-cutting techniques to produce low-cost living plants for hops growers. Now, she can generate hundreds of plants from a single parent and do it year-round with 100 per cent success. For hops growers and beer brewers, that's an achievement worth toasting.

Creation Date: November 18, 2014
Last Reviewed: November 18, 2014