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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.


SAB stems market share losses

South African Breweries (SAB), the South African division of the brewing giant SABMiller (SAB), said on Thursday it had managed to stem the loss of market share to “formidable” competitor Brandhouse Beverages, the owner of premium beers Amstel Lager, Windhoek and Heineken.
Brandhouse, which has about 12% market share, is a joint venture between three global beer companies, Diageo, Heineken International and Namibia Breweries Limited.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Tomorrow's Leaders Convention 2011, the fourth such annual conference, Norman Adami, MD and chairman of SAB, said that, even though the company was confronted with its most serious competitor in decades, it was confident that it could take on Brandhouse. “We think we will be capable to take them on and continue to win against them,” Adami said.
Adami said the local beer market was “always contestable”, describing Brandhouse as a “formidable” company.
Adami said Brandhouse initially banged on SAB's door, demanding 20% market share.
Brandhouse's owners were serious about extracting value from their investments in SA, but noted that SAB was not excited about handing over 20% market share to Brandhouse, he added.
In the past 12 months, Adami said SAB had gained share and clawed its way back to about 89% from about 87%.
Before 2007, SAB had a historical average of about 98%.
In 2007, Heineken NV terminated a contract allowing SAB to produce, market, sell and distribute Amstel lager.
When Diageo, Heineken International and Namibia Breweries Limited re-entered the South African beer market via Brandhouse, they had three established premium beer brands - Amstel, Windhoek and Heineken.
Adami also said SAB was committed to SA, noting that the company planned to invest about 1.3 billion rand in capital expenditure in 2011.
This investment would go into plants, equipment, retailers and trucks.

31 Mar. 2011



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