The International Hop Growers’ Convention (IHGC) safeguards the common interests of hop growers and hop merchants. From the IHGC activities are excluded all political questions as also all questions not concerning the common interests of a hop industry. The organisation's structure and rules are stated within the Standing orders of the IHGC i.e. (Satzung des IHB). The IHGC activities are carried out within its working bodies:

  • Executive Committee directs and represents the IHGC. It plans IHGC activities - to convene various meetings, to schedule and to implement resolutions, to admit and expel members as well as to interpret standing orders (recent meeting minutes: Nov 2018).
  • Economic Committee to collect and estimate statistics of a world hop industry (hop acreage, crops, alpha-acid production, hop varieties produced, forward contracts, price levels of hops) in member countries (recent country statistics: 2017-2018, Hop market report: Nov 2018).
  • Scientific-Technical Committee to promote and exchange technical and research results in hop breeding, hop varieties, chemistry and quality of hops, hop diseases and pests as well as in production and processing of hops;
  • Committee on Regulatory Harmonization to link the US Hop Industry Plant Protection Committee and the EU Commodity Expert Group for Hops (recent documents: Nov 2018).

IHGC awards biannually decorations (Order of the Hop) for special contributions to persons from production, trade, research or administration – who offered their great contributions to a hop industry being proposed either by the IHGC members or its working bodies (List of decoration holders 1997-2015).

Common initiatives are drafted also within various resolutions or letters of support (1997, 2008, 2018).


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