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Sapporo Breweries’Collaborative Contract Farming System

Sapporo’s Beer Production through “Collaboration” between Fieldman and Growers for customer satisfaction

  • Planning
  • Pre-season meeting
  • Ple-harvest meeting
  • Post-harvest meeting

Sapporo Breweries promote the “Collaborative Contract Farming System” (CCFS) to provide customers in Japan with satisfying beer using safe and high quality ingredients of the barley and hops. The CCFS is Sapporo Breweries’ unique and unprecedented raw material procurement system which is based on the three pillars of 1) specifying the growing areas and the growers, 2) specifying the growing methods, and 3) communication between the growers and Sapporo Breweries. The Fieldman(FM),  barley and hops specialists of Sapporo Breweries, directly visit the CCFS growing areas and growers throughout the world. In 2013, about 3,000 CCFS growers worked for Sapporo Breweries. As of January 2006, all of the barley and hops for Sapporo beer were from CCFS.  As a result of good collaboration between Sapporo Breweries and German CCFS Growers, we were awarded “National Honor in the world”(the Bundesehrenpreis in Gold) by German Government in 2008.


The specific activities of FM are to meet the CCFS growers and to inspect all the growing areas of barley and hops at prior to sowing barley and to cultivating hop, to harvesting as well as after harvesting. FM ensure that the CCFS growers understand the targets of raw material quality which we need. FM is working together with the CCFS growers from promoting the Sapporo varieties of barley and hops to communicating the cultivation methods such as the use of fertilizers and plant protections and storehouse managements.

Aiming for Sustainable Agriculture – All the Fieldman Hold JGAP Trainer Qualification

“100% CCFS barley and hops” is a proud philosophy of Sapporo Breweries , which has been dedicated to safe and high quality barley and hops for best beers. FM directly meets the suppliers and growers of raw materials throughout the world each year to ensure stable supply of safe and high quality ingredients with CCFS. In 2013, all of the 14 FM gained trainer qualifications accredited by the Japan Good Agricultural Practice Association(JGAP). So FM is applying some of the GAP methods to CCFS for better practice of agriculture.


Moving forward, the Sapporo group aims to establish sustainable agriculture models with high consideration not only for the safety and quality of raw materials but also for the process hygiene management and environmental conservation.