HVG Germany: Hopfen


The HVG is co-proprietor in the largest and most modern hop processing works in the world. Over 200 employees in Wolnzach, Mainburg and St. Johann are working on processing altogether up to 30,000 tons of hops from Germany and other provenances.
Here is some key data on the processing works in which the HVG holds a 40% capital share:

Hopfenveredlung St. Johann GmbH & Co KG

The Hopfenveredlung St. Johann is situated in the parish of Train at the heart of the Hallertau. The most modern hop pelletizing facility in the world is situated on an area of 116,000 m2. Depending on the crop volume, here up to 30,000 tons of hops can be processed into pellets for the brewing industry. In addition to this hops are pelletized for the CO2 extraction in Wolnzach. With an output of around 175 tons per day normal pellets as well as pellets enriched with lupulin are produced on four pelletizing lines. The facility has a cold storage capacity for leaf hops from 9,000 to 10,000 tons according to the packaging. Up to 9,500 pallets with finished products can be kept in interim storage.


At the beginning of the 1960s NATECO2 started operation in the borough of Wolnzach with the extraction of hops using methylene chloride. The first apparatus for hop extraction with over-critical CO2 was built in 1979. This extraction process keeps the hop components in an unchanged state. Meanwhile the facility has been completely refitted for the CO2 process. Besides hops other natural substances are extracted with this gentle extraction method.
NATECO2 has more than 5 extraction plants, designed for pressures up to 300 bar. In addition there are two laboratory facilities and a research plant for pressures up to 1,000 bar. Up to 9,000 tons of hops can be extracted by NATECO2 per season..

Verarbeitungsanstalt HVG Mainburg

Our store and our processing facility for natural hops is situated in Mainburg. Here on an area of 2,300 m² hops are stored and made into pressed products. Up to 800 tons of leaf hops can be packed annually in pressed ballots of 50 to 100 kg. About 200 tons are produced annually as Vacupacks for brewers who still brew their beer traditionally with hop powder or hop cones. The storage capacity is up to 1,000 hops of which about 500 tons are refrigerated.