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Global hop market

A 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 Russia

Germany 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.

USA: Estimated domestic brewer production down 1.6% in 2010

The Beer Institute estimates that there was a 1.6% drop in taxable removals of 180.024 million barrels of beer in 2010 compared to 2009. Unofficial national brewer production indicate an increase of 1.9% in taxable removals of 13.550 million barrels in December 2010 compared to 13,300 million barrels in December 2009, the Beer Institute informed.
Domestic taxable removals (also know as Tax Paid Removals) measure the amount of beer shipped from domestic brewers to distributors within the U.S. market.

Imports of Malt Beverages:
The United States Department of Commerce reports total imports of malt beverages from all countries from January to November 2010 amounted to 25.271 million barrels (+4.8%).

Exports of Malt Beverages:
The United States Department of Commerce reports total commercial exports of malt beverages to all countries from January to November 2010 amounted to 2,847.4 thousand barrel (-11.8%). (This figure does not include shipments to military posts overseasor shipments to Puerto Rico and other US territories.)

State by State Shipments:
The State-by-State Beer Shipments Estimate for the January to November-Period is estimated to have decreased by 1.6%, for November 2010 to increase by 3.2% from November 2009. (These shipment volumes represent the amount of beer shipped from brewers and importers to wholesalers within the U.S. It is the best available proxy for total malt beverage “consumption” in the United States. The state-by-state beer shipments estimate is the cumulative total of all states.)

27 Jan. 2011

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