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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.


Marston’s toasts strong beer sales

The maker of Pedigree and Banks's beer has delivered market-beating sales figures after a winter boosted by England's Ashes cricket triumph.

Marston's said own-brewed beer volumes jumped 4% on a year ago in the 23 weeks to March 12, compared with a decline of around 7% for the wider UK ale market.

As sponsor of the England team, the Pedigree brand received a publicity boost from the Ashes in Australia as sales of bottled ale leapt 16% across the portfolio, which also includes the brands Banks's and Jennings.

Elsewhere in the business, its managed pubs division saw like-for-like sales grow by 2.4% as a result of continued strong food demand.

The Pitcher & Piano and Tavern Table operator said the sales trend improved in the early part of 2011 following growth of 3% in the past seven weeks.

The Wolverhampton-based company added that underlying profit trends at its tenanted and leased pubs division continued to improve, with like-for-like profits up 0.1% against the 4% decline seen in the 2010 financial year.

Marston's said the turnaround reflected the success of new agreements which give tenant landlords more incentives to grow their business.

Chief executive Ralph Findlay described the company's trading performance in the first half of its financial year as "encouraging".

The company has an estate of around 2,150 pubs in England and Wales, including around 500 outlets in the managed pubs estate.

Marston's has benefited from its F-Plan strategy, which has seen it focus on "food, families, females and forty/fifty somethings". It is also capitalising on longer term trends towards more eating out, as food sales now account for around 40% of its revenues, up from 27% in 2004.

16 Mar. 2011



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