That's a very interesting perspective on the situation of hop processing and the usual supply/demand issues at hand.
I see it as being cyclical though and not a linear issue as it's a crop.
I do business with the nursery industry propagating landscape material and we go through supply/demand issues pertaining to certain varieties of plants.
When things are in short supply, demand will increase for other similar varieties creating a shortage and higher prices, then as supply gets built up in the previous varieties, things shift again.
The downside to all this is nature and climate work in their own ways at their own speed, one cannot simply make more, they have to propagate, nurture for a couple years and hope Mother Nature cooperates.