Global hop marketA local alternative to mass beer suggested by independent brewers has been successful and is now altering the global market. Beer is becoming more diversified, so transnational companies have to accept the new game rules and to switch focus to young and fast growing markets. All these processes increased the demand for aroma and bitter hop as well as their acreage expansion on two continents. However now there appeared a downward trend of alcohol consumption in the world, so even special sorts can soon turn to be sufficient. In this connection the dynamic American hop market is already facing some problems. EU hop producers have become more cautious, they are not racing to exceed the demand and look forward with more confidence, judging by the contract terms.
Hop Market in RussiaGermany still dominates the Russian market, yet over the recent two years one has been able observe a continuous success of Czech hop suppliers. Their expansion and growing popularity of hops from the United States became the drivers of supplies growth in 2016 despite the preceding modest harvest crop in the EU, as well as the factor of relative stability in 2017. In this connection, in 2017, the ratio of the varieties continued to shift towards the aroma ones, and the supplies of Magnum hop and other alpha varieties were reduced. However, the import of bitter hop pellets is partially replaced by extracts, especially from the major beer manufacturers. Total volumes of alpha acid supplies, according to our estimation, decreased by approximately 5% and returned to the level of 2015. Barth Haas Group continues dominating the hop products market; HVG also increased its weight. At the same time, Morris Hanbury significantly reduced the supplies in 2017.
10+1 trends of Russian beer market 2015-2017Despite of the moderately negative prognoses for 2017, the beer market can be stabilized soon. Yet the years of the negative dynamics have resulted in marketing being limited just to “optimization” and the art of balancing between price and volumes. Bigger supermarkets share means stronger trade marketing. These processes are connected to the majority of the described trends. At the same time, the federal brands inflation leads to searching for new tastes, sales channels and contact formats that expand the product range and diversify the beer market, but do not imply a substantial volume increase. Let us enumerate and further discuss the ten trends of the beer market we can see in 2015-2017 as well as the major event of 2017.
Beer market of Ukraine 2017In the first half of 2017, the Ukrainian beer market goes on decreasing slowly. Yet, the companies manage to compensate their lost volumes by raising prices and improving the sales structures. This results in the mid price market segment reduction while the sales of premium brands are rising. These processes are connected to position strengthening of companies Carlsberg Group and Oasis and the market share reduction of Obolon. Most of the novelties by the market leaders belong to craft or hard lemon categories.
Beer market of Russia 2016: PET goes to draftThe beer market of Russia was warmed up by the hot summer, but the preparation for large volume PET prohibition has already impacted it negatively. The year was successful for Efes, MBC and regional producers; Carlsberg’s positions were virtually stable but AB InBev and Heineken lost a part of market share having focused on the sales profitability. The dynamics of big brands was determined by how much the companies were willing to keep the prices down or by their promotional activity. In this context the economy segment of the beer market and sales of inexpensive draft beer were increasing. The premium segment started shrinking due to license brands migrating to the mainstream segment.
Amstel Light Selects JAGTAG to Power its First Mobile Marketing Campaign to Celebrate Burger Bash® 2011
To promote the kickoff event for the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the Amstel Light Burger Bash on premise mobile campaign will include JAGTAGs on coupon booklets, table tents and t-shirts at select bars and restaurants in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta and Washington D.C. During special promotional events where Amstel Light and partners offer burger and beverage deals, fans over the age of 21 can snap a photo of the Amstel Light branded JAGTAG with any camera phone to be instantly entered for the chance to win a grand prize trip for two to Burger Bash® 2011. Using age-verification technology, the campaign enables Amstel Light to interact with their target audience and promote the sweepstakes. The Amstel Light Burger Bash mobile campaign will run through February 7, 2011.
"Partnering with JAGTAG helped us to create an innovative mobile marketing campaign that targets the right audience in the right place with a great prize in the Southeast region ahead of Burger Bash®," said Amanda Hawk, Brand Director, Amstel Light. "We wanted to build excitement in the region and around the event to encourage supporters to become a part of the fun, and JAGTAG helped us to achieve that goal."
JAGTAG works on all camera phones and across all major wireless carriers in the United States without requiring users to download an application to reach 90 percent of all mobile users.
"We collaborated with Amstel Light on their first mobile campaign for Burger Bash® to create an exciting and informative program that will engage their fans, and even offer one the chance to experience the event firsthand with a friend," said Ed Jordan, CEO of JAGTAG. "Using JAGTAGs to add a mobile component enables Amstel Light to interact with 90 percent of mobile users who want to learn more about the event and enter to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
The Amstel Light Burger Bash presented by Allen Brothers hosted by Rachael Ray takes place on Thursday, February 24, 2011 as part of the 10th year of the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Food & Wine. All proceeds from the Festival benefit the Florida International University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Tickets and more information can be found at www.sobefest.com.
JAGTAG is the only mobile 2D barcode solution that does not require the consumer to download an application prior to use and the only mobile medium that can successfully deliver optimized multimedia to both standard phones and smart phones. Anywhere a mobile consumer encounters a JAGTAG, they can use their phone to request and receive multimedia content (video, audio, pictures, text) sent immediately to their phone. To learn more, visit www.JAGTAG.com.
About Amstel Light
Amstel Light is the No. 1-selling imported light beer in the U.S. The Amstel Brewery was founded in Amsterdam, Holland by two businessmen, DePester and J.H. van Marwijk Kooy. By 1886, Amstel had become Amsterdam's largest brewer of lager beer. In 1980, Amstel Light was born as an import to the U.S. Characteristic of this beer is a unique selection of raw materials and an intense fermenting process. The result is a premium imported light beer containing only 3.5% alcohol and approximately 35% fewer calories than regular lager beer. Amstel Light is imported by Heineken USA, headquartered in White Plains, New York, the nation's largest beer importer. For more information, please visit http://www.amstellight.com.
25 Jan. 2011