Publication Date
Authored By
Nathan Stempel
Advisor(s): Alexis H. Bateman
Topic(s) Covered:
  • Case Study
  • Demand Planning
  • Forecasting
  • Fulfillment
  • Inventory
  • Sourcing

The craft brewing industry in New York State has grown rapidly over the past five years helped in part by New York State legislation called the Farm Brewery Act of 2012. The act imposes agricultural stipulations for breweries desiring to file for a Farm Brewing license. The hop industry will have to grow in kind to meet the Farm Brewery Act requirements. The level of growth that needs to be achieved was determined through the use of system dynamics modeling. Production volumes were calculated based on survey results from brewers and farmers. Currently, the state’s hop industry is producing a surplus of hops and will be able to supply short-term brewery growth over the horizon of the next three years. It was discovered, however, that the industry is vulnerable to demand shifts and prudent action should be taken to become resilient to changes in buyer regulations and preferences: increasing the economy of scale and building collaborative relationships through farm clustering will improve the longevity of New York’s hop industry.