About Us

We are a small family company, active on the market since 2008.

Our seat is in the largest Polish hop region – the Lubelskie Province in the Wilków commune, situated in the very heart of a picturesque Vistula River Valley. The local microclimate gives hop produced in this area an extraordinary aroma and properties unseen elsewhere. We are active in the hop trade throughout the whole European Union.

We cooperate with the best hop planters to whom we put forth very rigorous requirements related to the process of production for the raw material to be of very high quality, have necessary certificates and that it could be used without problems not only in the brewery trade, but also the whole food and pharmaceutical industry. Due to very fruitful cooperation with recipients of a global range, who very dynamically operate in the hop trade, our hop is available in many countries.

Our policy of quality and hop contracting results in the fact that our customers are given constant and easy access to the raw material of the highest quality. Based on many years of loyal cooperation with our strategic trade partner, we actively participate in an international programme, whose aim is seeking and development of new varieties of hop.

Simultaneously, we deal with international trade and servicing of machines and devices for hop production, therefore we have a very well-developed network of international contacts in the group of planters from around the world. This means that we are not a typical entity participating in trade in hop, but one of the few who take care of not only the high quality of the produced raw material, but also for good the technical condition of machines and equipment used in this specialized field of agriculture.

Today, we cooperate with numerous entities of different sizes from many countries, operating in the hop industry, for which hop is an important production element.

Offer

Our offer includes premium quality hop in the form of hop cones. We have all varieties of aromatic and bitter hops, produced in Poland as well as in other countries. Thanks to many years of experience gained for a long time of our activity on the hop market and cooperation with top national producers of hop and proven trading partners, we offer small and large batches of the raw material of the highest quality and uniform characteristics. Owing to the fact that we cooperate with planters on the basis of procurement contracts, we provide our recipients with safety of seamless access to this raw material, as well as punctuality of deliveries which is very significant in this industry.
We make efforts so that the offered hop is produced in accordance with good agricultural practices (GAP), in which we support our farmers by consulting and assistance in documentation keeping. Hop has the necessary certificates confirming the commercial quality. To ensure premium quality of raw material to our recipients from the pharmaceutical trade, some of our farmers undertook production and keeping documentation consistent with the GACP system. In this regard, they obtain professional consulting from our side as, and we also control whether they observe the principles of production compliant with this system. In order to meet requirements of food and pharmaceutical industry, we gladly undergo audits prior to the beginning of cooperation with new customers.

Hop is packed in bags of type RB 60, which can contain from 60 to 65 kg of hop cones.
The second package type offered by us are specialized 1-kilogram bags made in the barrier foil technology. | Using this kind of package, hop is packed in negative pressure in industrial vacuum packing machines. As a result, the raw material packed in this way stays fresh for a long time, and it is easy for transportation.
For customers who want to store the raw material in their warehouses, we offer extended vacuum- packing variant b the option of packing in neutral gas – nitrogen. It gives an additional guarantee that the raw material protected in this way can be stored for a very long time without the risk of loss of its parameters.

Quality policy

Additionally, based on cooperation with external laboratories, we control the raw material as to humidity and the content of α – acids.
For storage and transport, we use specialized bags of RB60 type that guarantee no impact of external factors during storage.
The raw material is stored in warehouses specially adapted for this purpose, with walls made of thermally insulating sandwich panel, and the floor is made of industrial floors with resistance to water and other liquids and smooth surface allowing easy maintenance of cleanliness.
Warehouses are also subject to protection and control within the scope of DDD (deratisation, disinsection, disinfection) conducted by a specialized external company with experience and rights in this respect.
All these steps are intended to provide our customers with the raw material of high quality and safety of its use in any kind of production.

Caring about the premium quality of our raw material, we conduct direct supervision at every stage of production of hop and we care to make sure that this kind of production is based on good agricultural practices. Caring for production in compliance with GAP and GACP we conduct consulting, training in this respect, and we help to planters keep the documentation. All manufacturers with whom we cooperate are obliged to use only those plant pesticides that are approved for use in cultivation of hop and in doses not exceeding the recommended standards.
Each planter has its own control card, in which the date and the scope of the conducted control are recorded.
In order to confirm the quality of hop and for the raw material to be approved into trade, representative samples are taken from each planter, from each variety of hop, for each batch, and then they reach the WIJHARS laboratory. There, under the supervision of experts and using laboratory equipment, commercial quality is assessed. On the condition of fulfilment of criteria specified by the regulations, a certificate confirming the quality of the raw material is issued.

Program for development of new varieties

Thanks to joint trust and loyal cooperation, for several years we have been a participant of an important programme of international range conducted by Charles Faram & Co. Ltd.
The purpose of this project is to face the trends of the brewery market which requires new innovative varieties of hops with unique properties thanks to which brewers can brew beer with unique flavour and nature.

For the purpose of this programme, experienced specialists cross different varieties of hops in order to grow new plants with promising properties. It is an extremely time-consuming process, requiring extensive knowledge about botany and plants genetics – and above all, it requires much patience.

Thanks to the works of botanists, we received seedlings of new crossings of hop which were then sent to plantations located in different parts of our province and on soils of different classes to be able to specify optimum conditions in which plants will feel best, and the obtained cones will have unique properties. This is supposed to help to find and assess the usefulness of the variety in the perspective of its future in the brewery industry.
The initiative, in the case of success, has a potential to significantly and positively affect the whole hop and brewery industry.

Varieties of hops

The information comes from the book entitled

“Polskie odmiany chmielu”

[Polish hop varieties]”

by Urszula Skomra, PhD

Institute of Soil Science

and Cultivation

State Research Institute

Puławy 2010

We are working on reactivation of forgotten Polish varieties which, despite their excellent and exceptional properties, were thwarted by aggressive competition of the largest companies controlling the world hop market.
Using the arising occasion the beer revolution gives us, we want to show that our varieties are as good as those imported from other countries of the world at significantly higher prices, which are not always reasonable. In this way, we will face the trends of the market, presenting the offer addressed to those who want to distinguish themselves on the beer market with unique taste and aroma of produced beers achieved using the Polish unique varieties of hop.

Here is a review of varieties of hops from Polish plantations offered by us:

Cascade
Created in the USA in the 1980s, brought and cultivated in Poland since 2015. Aromatic hop with distinct citrus and grapefruit notes. Is one of the most important varieties and one of those used most often by brewers from the US, as well as from other countries of the world. Ideal for beers of surface fermentation, beers of IPA, APA type. Owing to its intensive aroma, it is also used for cold hopping.
Chinook
This variety comes from USA; it was created in the 1980s, brought and cultivated in Poland since 2015. This is a typical variety of dual application. It is characterized by very distinct mix of both herbal and intensively citrus aroma at relatively high content of alpha acids at the level of 10-12%, which gives the beers very strong note of tropical fruit with a pleasantly distinct gentian.
Like Cascade, it is ideal for beers of surface fermentation, in particular beers of IPA, APA type. Owing to its intensive aroma, it is also used for cold hopping.
Beside the Cascade variety, it is one of the most often used varieties by brewers in the US during full-scale been revolution on the local market.
Puławski
It is our very own variety, quickly gaining recognition among Polish brewers. It is characterized by quite a high content of alpha acids with simultaneous unique aroma. It becomes more and more popular among small breweries, but thanks to their properties, it has a potential to soon become one of most commonly used varieties.
Marynka
This is the most common Polish variety of hop cultivated across the whole country. It is classified into the group of bitter hops, although it shows characteristics of hop of dual properties, i.e. it has excellent aromatic qualities and, at the same time, high quantity of bitter substances. The content of alpha-acids ranges from 5 to as much as 9%.
Variety: gentian, with pleasant aroma (dual purpose)
Origin: Grown by means of crossing the Brewers Gold variety with wild male hop originating from former Yugoslavia
Year of registration: 1988
Plant – Delicate, not very lush, cylindrical or cigar shape, green stem. Leaves density small, leave surface smooth, leaves predominantly five-flap, aquamarine-green. Side shoots of average length, the first yield-bearing shoots placed low, approximately 60cm from the soil surface. Cones quite numerous, evenly located on the plant. In the initial period of vegetation, growth of the plant is slow. It requires systematic removal of runners and numerous shoots growing from the stump throughout the whole vegetation season. The plants are characterized by good capacity to guide to the guides and very good suitability for machine harvesting.
Cones – Bright green, mid-size (length approximately 3cm), egg-shaped, slightly pointy. Leaves adjacent, very closely laid on the rachis. Delicate, regular rachis.
Aroma – Hop with light floral note, pleasant, intensive.
Lubelski
The flagship and the oldest Polish variety of hop classified into the group of superaromatic hops. Appreciated by experienced brewers worldwide for its excellent unique aroma. Until recently, the acreage of its cultivation was not significantly different from that of Marynka. Unfortunately due to its susceptibility to diseases and efficiency, profitability of production decreased significantly, resulting in the elimination of significant acreage of cultivation of this variety in favour of more efficient ones. As a consequence, the market began to be flooded with bitter hops, and shortage of Lubelski hop occurred. Due to its unique bouquet of aromatic substances, many breweries could not afford the production of good-quality beer without using this variety. Therefore, today it is possible to observe a significant growth in its prices and problem-free sales as compared to the varieties of bitter hop. The content of alpha-acids fluctuates at the level of 2.5-4%
Variety: superaromatic
Origin: Grown by means of individual-genealogical selection from the national population.
Year of registration: 1964
Plant – Lush, club shape, red-green stem. Leaves density average, in spring young yellow-green leaves. Side shoots long, brittle. The first yield-bearing shoots placed high, over 100cm from the soil surface. Numerous cones, in particular in the upper part of the plant. The plants are characterized by average capacity to guide to the guides and average suitability for machine harvesting.
Cones – Yellow-green, mid-size (length approximately 3cm), elongated, slightly flattened. Leaves slightly drawn apart, loosely laid on the rachis. Rachis very delicate, quite regular.
Aroma – High-quality hop, delicate, very pleasant.
Sybilla
This is a young Polish variety grown in IUNG-g in Puławy. From the beginning, it gained many admirers thanks to very good aromatic qualities with simultaneous relatively high content of bitter substances. Owing to the level of alpha-acids of 4-8% it is classified into the group of aromatic hops due to excellent properties reported in this respect.
Variety: aromatic
Origin: Grown by means of crossing the Lubelski variety with wild male hop originating from former Yugoslavia
Year of registration: 1996, in the period 2004-2006 Sybilla hop was freed from viruses and latent viroid of hop
Plant – Strongly growing, very lush, regular, cylindrical shape, green-red stem with clear stripes. Leaves density average, leave surface smooth. Side shoots long, unbreakable, the first yield-bearing shoots placed quite low, approximately 70cm from the soil surface. Numerous cones, evenly located on the plant. The plants are characterized by good capacity to guide to the guides and very good suitability for machine harvesting.
Cones – bright green, large (length approximately 4cm), elongated, slightly pointy. Leaves adjacent, closely laid on the rachis. Delicate, regular rachis.
Aroma – Pleasant, harmonious, mild.
Junga
Polish variety grown in the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation in Puławy. Due to a high content of alpha-acids of 11-14%, it is called the “Polish Magnum”. However, it differs from its German equivalent in terms of better aromatic qualities and better stability during the beer brewing process. It is an excellent variety for production of beer of distinct gentian taste with a unique aroma. Despite excellent aromatic properties, its cultivation acreage is insignificant due to susceptibility to powdery mildew, which is a significant problem in its cultivation.
Variety: gentian
Origin: Grown by means of crossing recombinants linking the characteristics of the Lubelski variety as well as wild male hop originating from former Yugoslavia.
Year of registration: 2004
Plant – Strongly growing, lush, cylindrical shape, green stem. Leaves density average. Side shoots very long, unbreakable. The first yield-bearing shoots placed high, approximately 100cm from the soil surface. Numerous cones, evenly located on the plant. The plants are characterized by very good capacity to guide to the guides and very good suitability for machine harvesting.
Cones – Bright green, mid-size (length approximately 3cm), oval. Leaves adjacent, very closely laid on the rachis. Delicate, regular rachis.
Aroma – Very intensive, pleasant.
Hallertau Tradition
It is the German variety of hop classified into aromatic hops. It is characterized by an interesting mix of aromatic substances, typical for this group of hops, with simultaneous quite high gentian substances content, and 4-7% of alpha-acids. Thus, it shows dual properties, i.e. it can be used both as gentian hop and as aromatic hop.
Magnum Hallertau
German super-gentian variety. It is definitely the most popular variety in this group of hops. The content of alpha-acids reaches 15%. Due to small requirements during cultivation and high repeatable yield, it began to push out other domestic varieties, and the acreage of cultivation significantly increased. Owing to its popularity and significant acreage of world cultivations, our planters attempt give the hop variety produced by them the premium quality so as to be able to distinguish themselves as compared to competitors.
Lomik
Variety: aromatic
Origin: Grown by means of crossing the variety of Northern Brewer with wild male hop originating from of the Lublin area, and then subjected to the impact of mutagenic agents
Year of registration: 1988
Plant – Lush, regular, cylindrical shape, red- purple stem. Leaves density average. Side shoots quite long. The first yield-bearing shoots placed low, approximately 60cm from the soil surface. Numerous cones, collected in bunches, evenly located on the plant. The plants are characterized by good capacity to guide to the guides and good suitability for machine harvesting.
Cones – Yellow-green, mid-size (length approximately 3cm), oval. Leaves adjacent, quite loosely laid on the rachis. Rachis very delicate, quite regular.
Aroma – Pleasant, harmonious, mild.
Oktawia
Variety: gentian
Origin: Grown by means of crossing recombinants linking the characteristics of Brewers Gold and Northern Brewer varieties as well as wild male hop originating from former Yugoslavia
Year of registration: 1996
Plant – Very lush, strongly growing, cylindrical shape, green-red stem. Leaves density high, leave surface smooth. Side shoots very long, unbreakable. The first yield-bearing shoots placed quite low, approximately 70cm from the soil surface. Numerous cones, evenly located on the plant. The plants are characterized by good capacity to guide to the guides and good suitability for machine harvesting.
Cones – Bright green, mid-size (length approximately 3cm), elongated. Leaves adjacent, quite loosely laid on the rachis. Rachis very delicate
Aroma – Intensive, slightly spicy.
Zula
Variety: gentian
Origin: Grown by means of crossing recombinants linking the characteristics of the Lubelski and Sawiński Golding variety as well as wild male hop originating from former Yugoslavia.
Year of registration: 2004
Plant – Strongly growing, lush, club shape, green stem. Leaves density average. Side shoots very long, unbreakable. The first yield-bearing shoots placed high, approximately 70cm from the soil surface. Numerous cones, evenly located on the plant. The plants are characterized by very good capacity to guide to the guides and very good suitability for machine harvesting.
Cones – Bright green, mid-size (length approximately 3cm), oval. Leaves adjacent, very closely laid on the rachis. Delicate, regular rachis.
Aroma – Intensive, pleasant.
Limbus
Variety: aromatic, growing at low heights
Origin: Grown by means of crossing recombinants linking the characteristics of the Northern Brewer variety as well as wild male hop originating from the Lublin area, and exposed to the impact of mutagenic agents
Year of registration: 1996
Plant – Conical shape, green stem. Leaves density small. Short side shoots. The first yield-bearing shoots placed very low, approximately 40cm from the soil surface. Numerous cones, evenly located on the plant. Variety growing at low heights, intended for cultivation on low hedgerow structure. The plants are characterized by good capacity to guide to the guides and good suitability for machine harvesting.
Cones – Yellow-green, mid-size (length approximately 2.5cm), oval. Leaves slightly drawn apart, very closely laid on the rachis. Delicate, regular rachis.
Aroma – Mild, pleasant.
Zbyszko
Variety: gentian, growing at low heights
Origin: Grown by means of crossing recombinants linking the characteristics of the Lubelski Brewers Gold variety, as well as wild hop exposed to the impact of a mutagenic agent (Co60)
Year of registration: 1996
Plant – Conical shape, green-red stem with delicate stripes. Leaves density average. Short side shoots. The first yield-bearing shoots placed very low, approximately 40cm from the soil surface. Numerous cones, evenly located on the plant. Variety growing at low heights, intended for cultivation on low hedgerow structure. The plants are characterized by good capacity to guide to the guides and good suitability for machine harvesting.
Cones – Bright green, mid-size (length approximately 2.5cm), egg-shaped. Leaves adjacent, closely laid on the rachis. Delicate, regular rachis.
Aroma – Intensive, pleasant.

Contact

We also sell machines for hops harvesting

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tel. + 48 81 828 31 81

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24-313 WILKÓW

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PPUH AGRO DARIUSZ KOZIEŁ
LUBOMIRKA 4
24-313 WILKÓW
NIP: 717-172-31-57
REGON: 060422504
tel. 81 828 31 81
fax. 81 828 31 81
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e-mail: agrofarmpol@hotmail.com