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New hops production factory proposed in Paradise

Plans are in the works to open a new business in Paradise that could be called an off-shoot to the craft brewing industry.

Posted: Dec 8, 2017 12:36 PM
Updated: Dec 8, 2017 12:40 PM

Plans are in the works to open a new business in Paradise that could be called an off-shoot to the craft brewing industry.

According to a town staff report, the Capay Hops Factory would be an agricultural processing facility to produce clean-stock and pesticide free hops for the craft beer and specialty alcohol and beverage industry.

Juan Cole is the one applying for this project, he currently owns the Chico and Oroville Garden Centers.

We spoke with Cole on the phone, he explained that his factory will essentially propogate or breed current and new strains of hop "tissue" or seedlings, which will be sent on to hop growers.

The business has a potential to hire up 40 employees over time.

We spoke to one of the owners of Secret Trail Brewery who is excited to see more locals getting involved in the industry.

"This would be another source of local ingredients so I think it's a terrific idea and I'm in favor. We just think it's so important to keep jobs local and keep the economy moving," said Charlie Barrett, Secret Trail Brewery.

If approved by the Paradise Planning Commission, the factory would be located on clark road in the building formally occupied by the Paradise Post.

Town officials are holding a special planning meeting next Thursday on December 14th to discuss the project.

Click here for the facility layout: https://www.townofparadise.com/index.php/our-government/departments/animal-control/documents/1776-planning-commission-special-meting-december-14-2017-public-hearing-capay-hops-factory-site-plan-review/file

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