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 This form of packaging for overseas exports remains in use until around 1970, when it is superseded by hop pellets and extracts.
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.
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.