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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.

AUSTRALIA: AWB 2010/11 barley pools softer in flat market

Estimated pool returns (EPRs) for AWB’s 2010/11 season barley pools have declined between zero and seven dollars a tonne for most grades, with the larger falls in eastern Australia where there is more feed grain available and costs to execute cargoes have risen, the company reported on Monday.

AWB General Manager Commodities, Mitch Morison, said the world barley market had been quite lacklustre for several months, with relatively little trade occurring.

“Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest importer of feed barley and while small quantities have been purchased, no substantive trade has occurred since October,” Mr Morison said.

“The unrest in the Middle East generally has tended to weaken prices, however the market still expects Saudi Arabia to step in as a volume buyer at some point because alternative supplies from Ukraine will not appear until August.

“Feed wheat is readily available to a number of markets this year that might normally buy feed barley, so with a very narrow price spread between them, buyers are tending to prefer wheat.

“Malting barley prices on the world market have moved lower, in part due to the generally weaker grain market but also due to concern about potential interruption of trade to Japan.

“Across all grades the more significant falls in EPRs are in our east coast pool, which covers Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, as buyers perceive greater costs in shipping from those states where infrastructure has been damaged by flooding and performance reduced,” Mr Morison said.

AWB also advised that on Friday 25 March the company will top up payments to growers who utilised AWB Harvest Finance when delivering into AWB’s barley pools, with payments in the range $32-75 a tonne (average around $38 a tonne).

27 Mar. 2011



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