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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.

Denmark: Royal Unibrew’s net revenue declined by 1% in 2010

Danish brewer Royal Unibrew reports its net revenue declined by 1% to DKK 3,775 million in 2010. Adjusted for the divestment of the Caribbean breweries, organic net revenue growth of 3% was achieved. EBITDA (before special items) increased by DKK 141 million (31%) to DKK 601 million. Operating profit (EBIT before special items) increased by DKK 174 million (72%) to DKK 417 million. DKK 20 million of the increase was caused by the change of accounting estimates. Generally market shares were won or defended on branded beer as well as soft and malt drinks,

Royal Unibrew said.

The brewer’s profit before tax amounted to DKK 375 million compared to DKK 77 million in 2009. Net profit for 2010 amounted to DKK 278 million compared to DKK 52 million in 2009. Free cash flow amounted to DKK 463 million — DKK 89 million above the 2009 figure.

Net interest-bearing debt was reduced in 2010 by DKK 646 million to DKK 770 million against approx DKK 850 million previously announced.

The Supervisory Board proposes distribution by way of dividend of DKK 12.5 per share and a share buy-back of DKK 110 million, corresponding to a total distribution of DKK 250 million, which is DKK 50 million more than previously announced.

“In 2010 we reinforced our market positions through increased marketing efforts and several new product launches. At the same time, we maintained focus on increasing efficiency and reducing our costs. This has enabled us to continue the Group’s positive performance trend in spite of generally lower demand and keen competition. Royal Unibrew is in a good position to capitalise on market opportunities in 2011, and we will continue developing our products and brands.” says managing director Henrik Brandt in connection with publication of Royal Unibrew’s Annual Report 2010.

Outlook 2011*

The company expects:

Net revenue (mDKK): 3,400-3,550 (vs. 3,775 in 2010)

EBITDA (mDKK): 575-625 (vs. 601 in 2010)

EBIT (mDKK): 435-485** (vs. 417 in 2010)

(*In 2011 Poland is included in the results until expected closing, whereas the Caribbean breweries are not included. In 2010 Poland and the Caribbean were recognised with revenue of DKK 345 million, EBITDA of DKK 26 million and EBIT of DKK 18 million in the periods that are not estimated to be included in 2011.

** Full-year effect in 2011 of changed estimate of depreciation affects the figure positively by approx DKK 20 million.)

16 Mar. 2011



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