The IHGC congress returned to Zatec and Prague after 25 years in the last week of July. Almost 200 hop growers from 11 countries took part at the congress – Germany, USA, Slovenia, Great Britain, Poland, France, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Czech republic.

One whole day of the congress was devoted to a visit of the Saaz hop growing region with CHMELARSTVI and Bohemia Hop as the main congress partners. The hop growers from around the wolrd had a chance to visit 4 hop farms – Loužek, s.r.o., Agrofarma Karel Dittrich Lenešice, Emil Bureš Hopservis Holedeč and Jaroslav Šůma, Tuchořice. At all the farms they saw hop picking technology produced by CHMELARSTVI and had an expert guide.

The lunch and early afternoon programme was hosted by CHMELARSTVI directly in the hop storage and hop processing facility. This part was started by the cooperative chairman Mr. Zdenek Rosa with the introduction of all departments and their heads – Mr. Podsednik, Mr. Hajek, Mr. Strnad, Mr. Roska and the director Mr. Maršíček.

The tour of the facility included introduction of the hop processing into pellets type 90 and type 45, cold storages for hops and hop products and there was also an exhibition of special hop machinery produced by CHMELARSTVI at the courtyard.

The visit of Zatec continued with the welcome from the town mayor and Zatec hop defense group in the main square and a walk to Hop museum that is also owned and run by CHMELARSTVI. The evening programme took place in the gardens of Steknik chateau which are surrounded by hop fields.

The expert guides for the day came from Bohemia Hop and CHMELARSTVI.