HVG Germany: Hopfen

 

 

The Hop-Growing Year: The Packaging

 

From farmers’ bales to rectangular bales¹

Until a few years ago in Europe hops were almost solely pressed into round farmers' bales (LB). Meanwhile rectangular bales (RB) are increasingly gaining ground for logistic reasons. Transport, storage and handling can be managed much more rationally. Another advantage is that as the RBs are easier to stack, the cold storage which is kinder to the quality can be realised technically and economically.
Hops are pressed more compactly than in LB. Tests showed that with a net weight of up to 60 kilos per RB no damage occurred to the lupulin glands and therefore the quality of the hops is guaranteed even up to a stacking height of 12 sacks. 

Technical standards for rectangular packaging

Dimensions: 60 cm x 60 cm x 120 cm
Pressed weight: 60 kilos (=150 kg/m 3), separately, if required 40 kg
Packaging material: Polypropylene (PP)