PNG’s Mosin Beer wins Gold in German Beer Contest

Beer from Papua New Guinea’s Vitis Industries won six top prizes in the annual Berlin International Beer Competition 2018.The premium beers were produced under the brand Mosin owned by Sergey and his wife Vikki Mossine.

The Mosin beer entries won one gold, one silver and four bronze medals. To top it off Mosin was named “Best Brewery of the Year.”

“What an unexpected and remarkable achievement for a developing country like Papua New Guinea to produce world class beers,” Mr Mosin said.

The second Annual Berlin International Beer Competition 2018 was held at the Kempinski Hotel Bristol Berlin in March. The competition features 100+ beers from 12 countries around the world, including the United States, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Slovenia, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Mosin took a gold medal for Classic Lager 7%; silver for Pilsner 5.5% and bronze medals for Gold Lager 5.5%, Stout 5.5%, New Guinea IPA 5% and Classic Strong Lager 12%.

Vitis Industries have produced alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages using Russian techniques since 2002. Their products are all made at a large manufacturing plant in Port Moresby.  The family owned business is also exporting to Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, China and Japan.

Interestingly, they only began brewing premium beers under the Mosin brand in 2017.

Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand’s Joe Fuavao first met Mr Mosin at a conference held in Port Moresby. “I visited their factory in 2015 to gain a better understanding of their business. They are a large business with a range of products, scale and capacity to be successful in the international market.”

PTI New Zealand has worked with Vitis Industries to identify potential buyers for vanilla and coffee in New Zealand.

PTI congratulates Sergey and his team on achieving this award.

Russian born Mr Mosin is proud of his company’s progress in such a short time, up against some stiff competition from SP Breweries who held the lion’s share of the PNG local market for 50 years.

“We developed our own recipes and technological processes,” Mr Mosin said.

“We know that our beers have high quality because they are done from Australian raw materials and according to traditional technology ‘batch brewing’ – this process is the same as centuries ago, it takes 2-3 months to produce high quality beers — so we decided to send the samples of our beers to Berlin to have [a] high organisation confirmation of our high quality,” he said.

As premium beers, it is packed in glass bottles to preserve quality and taste for a long time.

Mr Mosin credits the expertise of brew master Philip Magic who has 30 years of experience in beer brewing in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The beer packaging was designed by New Zealand company Supply Ltd which has a reputation for high standards.

“Sending our sample to Berlin, we wanted to show that even developing countries such as PNG can produce the products with high qualities and international standards. This award lifted our beers to the level of premium bees in the world. Our efforts are recognised and awarded – we are preparing the marketing campaign based on our Berlin medals – it is still in process – we hope it will make significant impact on our sales – this is one of rare cases when PNG-made product is awarded on such a high level,” Mr Mosin said.

Vitis Industries employs 1200 staff in PNG and downstream processing local agricultural crops.

For more information please email Joe Fuavao, PTI NZ Trade Development Manager on joe.f@pacifictradeinvest.co.nz

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