Reliable partner of hop growers and the brewing industry since 1953


Founding of the Hopfenverwertungsgenossenschaft Hallertau e.G.m.b.H. (Hallertau Hop Processing Cooperative)

1954 – 1968

Merger of all existing cooperatives (Spalt, Hersbruck, Rottenburg-Herrenberg-Weilderstadt and Rheinpfalz) to form the Genossenschaftliche Hopfenverwertungs-Zentrale m.b.H (“Central Cooperative Hop Processing” – in existence until 1971)

Opening of a state-of-the-art hop storage warehouse in Mainburg

Investment in the company Hopstabil GmbH (manufacturer of hop powder)

1973 – 1982

HVG becomes a producer cooperative as defined by market regulations put forth by the European Economic Community.

HVG sells more than 2,500 tons of hops for the first time. HVG activities are extended to other hop cultivation regions beyond the Hallertau.

HVG buys a share of the hop processing plants in St. Johann (Hopfenveredlung St. Johann) and Wolnzach (NATECO2), of which HVG currently holds a 40 % share.

Founding of the “HVG Hallertau Beteiligungsgesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung”, a limited-liability holding company, for the purpose of acquiring hop processing businesses. HVG obtains a share of the hop processing company HVG Barth, Raiser GmbH & Co. KG

1999 – 2008

Construction of the St. Johann research and pilot brewery, the first of its kind in the hop industry

One of the first hop trading houses to adopt a quality management system (QMS) and become certified according to DIN EN ISO 9000

2000 – 2001
Cooperatives from the Hallertau, Elbe-Saale, Jura and Tettnang merge with the HVG Hopfenverwertungsgenossenschaft e. G. cooperative

HVG moves into the new administration building in the “Haus des Hopfens” in Wolnzach

HVG acquires the rights to the new hop variety “Herkules”

Launching of a program to install irrigation systems, enabling hop growers to successfully deliver a crop even in very dry years

2010 - 2014

Engages in the construction of a biogas plant as a joint shareholder; the plant is used to produce biogas from shredded hop vines collected from 4,000 hectares of hop fields

HVG increases capital investment in the hop processing companies Nateco2 GmbH & Co. KG and Hopfenveredlung GmbH & Co.KG , bringing its share to 40 %

HVG holds a share of the biogas plant near Wolnzach, which is commissioned and begins producing natural gas from the fermentation of hop plant material for 5,000 households.

Ms. Gudrun Höfter is the first woman to be elected to the board of the cooperative


Completion of the new hop extraction plant in St. Johann, the largest of its kind in the world.