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.
Bud Light Has ‘Plan B’ if NFL Doesn’t Play
Anheuser-Busch InBev, brewer of Bud Light, has a backup plan if NFL games are spiked, company CEO Carlos Brito said.
"We've been thinking about, of course, developing a plan B in the unfortunate case (a work stoppage) happens," Brito told analysts during an earnings conference call this month.
A-B InBev paid well for the privilege to be the NFL's official beer sponsor. It cut a deal last year widely reported to be worth $1.2 billion over six years.
Brito declined to say during the earnings call whether the brewer was obligated to pay even without a season.
It's not so outlandish: the NFL still collects on its $4 billion-a-year TV rights deal even without games.
But a company spokesman told the Post-Dispatch that Bud Light keeps its money if the NFL fails to play, allowing the brewer "to reinvest those dollars to reach Bud Light consumers in other, relevant ways."
Sports marketing has long been seen as a good way to sell beer. Last year, A-B InBev snagged the NFL deal from Coors Light and settled a dispute with Major League Baseball, allowing Budweiser to remain that league's official beer. Last month, Molson Canadian and Coors Light bumped off Labatt and Bud Light to become the National Hockey League's official beers.
The NFL is facing its first work stoppage since the 1987 strike-shortened season. The current dispute is scheduled for a court hearing April 6, with the NFL players' union seeking a court injunction to block the owners' lockout.
Brito told analysts that the brewer was "optimistic" the NFL would play this season.
He then sought to distance Bud Light's fortunes from those of the football league.
"But let's remind ourselves that Bud Light grew in the last three years without that property," he said.
He added: "It's a very good addition, a very important addition. But again, Bud Light grew even without the NFL."
20 Mar. 2011