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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.

Budweiser Budvar has invested CZK 140 million into the modernization of its bottling room

Budweiser Budvar is putting into operation a modernized bottling line. The machinery equipment worth CZK 140 million is going to increase the performance of the bottling line, produce interesting financial economies and give the opportunity to supply completely new formats of group packaging of bottles on the market. The machinery could also become a tourist destination, as it is located nearby the brewery tour route.
?esk? Bud?jovice, 15th March 2011 – Another stage of the modernization of Budweiser Budvar’s bottling room has been finalised. A brand new part of the bottling line worth CZK 140 million was put into operation following a two-week assembly and a 14-day testing. The technological unit contains a cartonnage appliance, an appliance for group packing of bottles, a palleting robot for finished products, a wrapping appliance and automatic system for transporting palleted goods to the warehouse. The appliances were supplied by KHS, SSI Sch?fer and Mead WV companies.
“The new technology is going to increase the output of the bottling line, save packaging material worth approximately CZK 500,000 p.a. and lower the need for a labour force, since there is virtually no attendance needed. Primarily, it will give the opportunity to supply several completely new formats of bottle packaging, thus increasing the brewery’s competitive ability," says Budweiser Budvar’s technical and energy department manager Dalibor ??p. Due to the new machinery, customers will soon see new attractive formats of group bottle packaging not supplied by Budweiser Budvar on the Czech market before, such as particularly design-wise interesting and practical packaging of the basket type for six 0.33 lor 0.5 litre bottles or gift packaging of the cluster type for six 0.5 litre bottles (see the photos in the appendix). So far the old technology has only enabled the cluster type packaging for 0.33 litre bottles. “From the brewery’s point of view, the output increase and extending the possibilities of beer packaging are both important. We, nonetheless, anticipate that the newly installed machinery and the robot in particular can further increase the interest of tourists in the Budweiser Budvar tours. The brewery’s visitors will now be able to observe the work of the appliances from a very close distance,” adds Budweiser Budvar’s PR manager Petr Samec. Budweiser Budvar ranks amongst the very important tourist destinations in the South of Bohemia. 40,000 tourists a year visit the brewery, which is an amount comparable with the visiting rate of T?ebo? or Zv?kov castles.
As Budweiser Budvar’s bottle filling lines cannot be taken out of service for a longer period than 14 days, a gradual change has been taking place in stages since 2005. As a part of this process, the previous years saw the bottle washers changed (2005), pasteurizers modernized (2006), new labelling machinery purchased (2007) as well as the bottle filling appliances (2008) and the crate palletising machinery (2009). Last year, a robot arm was put in for palleted finished beer cartons. The ultimate aim of the modernization lies in increasing the capacity of the bottle filling room, which has been becoming the most compressed place of the production process owing to the ever-growing demand for beer and the extension of the packaging portfolio in the long-term.

27 Mar. 2011



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