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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.

New keg washing and racking machine goes compact

KHS has developed a compact keg washing and racking machine for small and medium sized brewers and other beverage makers.
The German filling and packaging company claims that the new Innokeg Till CombiKeg is both compact and flexible.
At a viewing at its plant in Kriftel, Germany, KHS said brewers were impressed that a machine of such size can wash kegs inside and out and rack them as well. The company added that media tanks, controls and conveyors are integrated into the machine so nothing has to be done outside the machine.
It can be just put where it is needed on the factory floor and plugged in to start production.
In terms of size, KHS told this publication that the machine is small enough to fit entirely in a container so that it can be easily delivered overseas.
Innokeg Till CombiKeg is also modular so customers can decide how many washing and racking heads they need and control other elements like whether to go for return gas control or DFC racking. Additional equipment such as keg scales and a keg capper can be added downstream.
The machine operates on the principle of rotary processing and works on an output of 60 to 90 kegs an hour.
KHS announced the launch of the Innokeg Till CombiKeg at the same time as it announced its launch plans for the Interpack trade show in Dusseldorf in May.
The engineering company said it is planning to present new equipment for shrink packaging including a new generation of shrink tunnels, a shrink packer manipulating unit that wraps without shrinkage holes and online film printing for the coding of shrink packs.

2 Mar. 2011



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