Hops and beer: a great passion spanning the generations

The BARTH-HAAS GROUP is made up of several privately owned family companies and is the world's largest supplier of hop products and services. With branches in Germany, the USA, the UK, Australia and China, the group conducts its business in every continent. It is a world leader not only in the areas of hop breeding, growing and processing, but also in the marketing of hops and hop products. The group’s portfolio also includes storage and logistics services, hop-related research and development and application technologies for the brewing industry and other sectors.

Our mission: successful customers

We at the BARTH-HAAS GROUP understand that our customers’ success is vital to our own success. Therefore, everything we do is focused on our customers’ needs. By cultivating close partnerships with our customers, we can offer them the best service, for it is our endeavour to be the supplier with the greatest added value. Accordingly, our goal is to extract the maximum potential from the hop as a raw material in order to ensure the best possible use and presentation of the hop components – both in brewing and elsewhere.

our mission


OUR MISSION


We imaginatively, competently and reliably combine professional advice
with the most attractive hop portfolio.


OUR VISION

We are the hops experts for the best beers in the world.

Unternehmenswerte Our customers and suppliers are the basis of our business. Treating people in a respectful and competent manner is our self-evident duty.

We are both demanding and supportive of our employees. We want to be and remain an attractive employer for them.

Economic success is the result of our employees’ consistent commitment to performance in all areas of the company and in collaboration with our partners throughout the value chain.

We always observe the prevailing individual, social and legal norms and environmental standards in all our areas of activity.

Sustainability is a key value in everything we do. We actively protect the environment and support the society in which we work and live in many different ways.

As a family-owned company, we also shape our future in our obligation towards our forefathers. Our corporate culture is a visible expression of this responsibility.
Unternehmenskulturellen Werte We work in a solution-oriented manner. We identify problems by looking ahead. As competent employees of the BARTH HAAS-GROUP, we develop the right solution for ourselves, our customers and our suppliers at all times through personal initiative and a structured approach!

We act with a sense of responsibility. We accept our responsibility towards society, our customers, our suppliers and our colleagues in an exemplary manner. As a matter of principle, we act prudently in all situations. When it comes to realising our objectives we implement forcefully. We achieve this by acting independently and decisively in our daily work. This gives us credibility in the eyes of our customers and suppliers.

We are team players. Our helpful and respectful attitude in our dealings with customers, suppliers and colleagues creates a foundation for meeting the requirements asked of us by acting flexibly at all times. We act reliably.

We treat others with respect. For us, that means being open-minded. This applies both to new ideas regarding working methods, products and technologies and to our interaction with each other. We empathise with the needs and interests of our partners and colleagues and communicate understandably in order to ensure that we are able to master the resulting challenges. As a result, we are able constantly to further develop ourselves and our services in collaboration with our partners.

Our companies

Within the BARTH-HAAS GROUP several privately-owned family companies work together successfully. The result is a powerful and innovative network operating in all continents. We would now like to give you a brief introduction to the individual companies.

Commitment: Passion and dedication

Commitment to and responsibility for society and the environment are key concerns for the BARTH-HAAS GROUP. Therefore, it has for a long time been natural for us to assume social responsibility and to support the hop and beer industries. The involvement of the BARTH-HAAS GROUP is not confined to technical matters, however, but extends to supporting its stakeholders on a personal level culturally, socially and educationally.

 
European Beer Star

The European Beer Star, one of the most important beer competitions worldwide, is sponsored by the BARTH-HAAS GROUP. More about the event >

 
International Brewing Awards

This challenging competition in the form of a blind tasting makes the International Brewing Awards the “Oscars of the beer industry”. As a sponsor of these awards, we acknowledge the brewers’ efforts to be among the world’s best. More about the event >

 
Meiningers International Craft Beer Award

As sponsor of Meiningers International Craft Beer Award, we are proud to be able to promote the art of brewing that is practised outside the mainstream. More about the event >

 
World Beer Cup

As a sponsor of the World Beer Cup, we support its mission of creating greater awareness for the quality and diversity of beer styles around the world. More about the event >

 

History

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Foundation 
Johann Barth and his son Georg found
a hop trading company in the Upper
Franconian town of Betzenstein.
 
The hop trade gathers pace

Hop merchants ply from one small
brewery to the next in covered wagons,
selling their hops by the pound.
The brewers do not have to pay for
the hops until 12 months later,
when the next delivery arrives.
Relocation to Nuremberg
Johann Barth and his wife Kunigunde
buy business premises at house number 348
in Nuremberg (later Karolinenstrasse 40).
The company’s registered office can
thus be transferred to Nuremberg, giving
Johann Barth the status of citizen there.
The first annual hop report
The annual hop report developed by Johannes Barth is the first and to this day the most reliable standard reference for hop and beer statistics. Today this regular publication, known by the name “Barth Report”, is highly regarded and often quoted in professional circles.
The hop canister
Johannes Barth is one of the first to use an iron cylinder with double zinc coating in which pressed hops can be kept in airtight conditions. This form of packaging for overseas exports remains in use until around 1970, when it is superseded by hop pellets and extracts.
Expansion
More and more plants and subsidiaries are established. Joh. Barth & Sohn, Inc. opens in New York.
The dark hours
Only four weeks before the end of the Second World War, an aerial mine bomb kills the entire workforce at the company’s head office in Nuremberg, destroying the office building and hop stores. Nevertheless, the Barth Family manages to overcome this destructive blow and start again.
Introduction of multi-year contracts
The increasingly large quantities harvested make it more difficult to plan purchasing and sales. Drawing on their international experience, Joh. Barth & Sohn introduce the well-established US system of multi-year fixed-price supply contracts for growers and breweries in Germany for the first time.
Processed hop products
Within a few years, the hop market and the way of marketing hops changes radically, and the Barth company does not hesitate to place itself at the forefront of this progress and play a key role in shaping the new market structures. In this period, under the leadership of Peter and Michael Barth, the company builds, or acquires interests in, extraction plants in Wolnzach and Yakima/USA and pelletisation plants in St. Johann/Hallertau and Yakima/USA.
A strong partner
In this significant year, the Barth family acquires an interest in John I. Haas, Inc., thus laying the foundation of today’s world-leading BARTH-HAAS GROUP.
The 7th generation comes of age
In 1989 Stephan J. Barth and his brother Alexander W. Barth are appointed as limited partners and in 1992 Stephan Barth becomes a personally liable partner.
The Hop Atlas
Heinrich Joh. Barth and co-authors Christiane Klinke and Claus Schmidt write a comprehensive standard reference work on hops as a commodity that no specialist library today can be without: The Hop Atlas. It describes in detail the geography of the hop-growing countries, the special features, the marketing and the economic and social context of hop farming.
New headquarters
The company moves its headquarters to new premises in Freiligrathstrasse in Nuremberg.
Support for the young in hop research
The BARTH-HAAS GRANTS are awarded for the first time. These grants are awarded to students who are engaged in application-related and innovative hop research.
The first woman joins the board
Regine Barth becomes the first woman to join Barth’s board of management. For this purpose, the antiquated guidelines of 1904 on qualification for management responsibility, which only provided for male members of the board, are amended
Focus on sustainability
The first sustainability report documents our aspiration to assume a pioneering role within the hop industry with regard to sustainable business practices – and thus to meet our responsibility both to the environment and to society.
New John I. Haas facility opens
This LEED® gold-certified facility underscores the company’s commitment to natural resource conservation – from its reinforced insulation and glazing to highly efficient mechanical equipment and water-conserving systems. Daylight figures prominently throughout the office and research complex. Thanks to the building’s visually open design, the employees can enjoy outdoor views and feel connected with their surroundings.
Change of name in Great Britain
Botanix Ltd. is renamed to BARTH-HAAS UK Ltd. The centre of excellence for hop oils and hop aroma products is an integral part of the European group of companies.

History

Foundation 
Johann Barth and his son Georg found a hop trading company in the Upper Franconian town of Betzenstein.
18th century: The hop trade gathers pace 
Hop merchants ply from one small brewery to the next in covered wagons, selling their hops by the pound. The brewers do not have to pay for the hops until 12 months later, when the next delivery arrives.
Relocation to Nuremberg 
Johann Barth and his wife Kunigunde buy business premises at house number 348 in Nuremberg (later Karolinenstrasse 40). The company’s registered office can thus be transferred to Nuremberg, giving Johann Barth the status of citizen there.
The first annual hop report 
The annual hop report developed by Johannes Barth is the first and to this day the most reliable standard reference for hop and beer statistics. Today this regular publication, known by the name “Barth Report”, is highly regarded and often quoted in professional circles.
The hop canister 
Johannes Barth is one of the first to use an iron cylinder with double zinc coating in which pressed hops can be kept in airtight conditions. This form of packaging for overseas exports remains in use until around 1970, when it is superseded by hop pellets and extracts.
Expansion 
More and more plants and subsidiaries are established. Joh. Barth & Sohn, Inc. opens in New York.
The dark hours 
Only four weeks before the end of the Second World War, an aerial mine bomb kills the entire workforce at the company’s head office in Nuremberg, destroying the office building and hop stores. Nevertheless, the Barth Family manages to overcome this destructive blow and start again.
Introduction of multi-year contracts 
The increasingly large quantities harvested make it more difficult to plan purchasing and sales. Drawing on their international experience, Joh. Barth & Sohn introduce the well-established US system of multi-year fixed-price supply contracts for growers and breweries in Germany for the first time.
Processed hop products  
Within a few years, the hop market and the way of marketing hops changes radically, and the Barth company does not hesitate to place itself at the forefront of this progress and play a key role in shaping the new market structures. In this period, under the leadership of Peter and Michael Barth, the company builds, or acquires interests in, extraction plants in Wolnzach and Yakima/USA and pelletisation plants in St. Johann/Hallertau and Yakima/USA.
A strong partner 
In this significant year, the Barth family acquires an interest in John I. Haas, Inc., thus laying the foundation of today’s world-leading BARTH-HAAS GROUP.
The 7th generation comes of age 
In 1989 Stephan J. Barth and his brother Alexander W. Barth are appointed as limited partners and in 1992 Stephan Barth becomes a personally liable partner.
The Hop Atlas 
Heinrich Joh. Barth and co-authors Christiane Klinke and Claus Schmidt write a comprehensive standard reference work on hops as a commodity that no specialist library today can be without: The Hop Atlas. It describes in detail the geography of the hop-growing countries, the special features, the marketing and the economic and social context of hop farming.
New headquarters 
The company moves its headquarters to new premises in Freiligrathstrasse in Nuremberg.
The first woman joins the board 
Regine Barth becomes the first woman to join Barth’s board of management. For this purpose, the antiquated guidelines of 1904 on qualification for management responsibility, which only provided for male members of the board, are amended
Support for the young in hop research 
The BARTH-HAAS GRANTS are awarded for the first time. These grants are awarded to students who are engaged in application-related and innovative hop research.
Focus on sustainability 
The first sustainability report documents our aspiration to assume a pioneering role within the hop industry with regard to sustainable business practices – and thus to meet our responsibility both to the environment and to society.
New John I. Haas facility opens 
This LEED® gold-certified facility underscores the company’s commitment to natural resource conservation – from its reinforced insulation and glazing to highly efficient mechanical equipment and water-conserving systems. Daylight figures prominently throughout the office and research complex. Thanks to the building’s visually open design, the employees can enjoy outdoor views and feel connected with their surroundings.
Change of name in Great Britain 
Botanix Ltd. is renamed to BARTH-HAAS UK Ltd. The centre of excellence for hop oils and hop aroma products is an integral part of the European group of companies.
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