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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.

China. Kingway Brewery’s parent exercises right to buy stake from Heineken-APB China

The board of directors of Kingway Brewery Holdings Limited said it has been informed by GDH Limited (GDH), the controlling shareholder of the company, that GDH has decided to exercise the pre-emption right in respect of the whole of the relevant shares on the same or equivalent terms as those Heineken-APB China (HAPBC) is proposing to sell the relevant shares to the potential purchaser under the conditional sale and purchase agreement (21.37%). GDH now owns 73.82 % stake in the company (formally 52.45%).

GDH will acquire the Relevant Shares at the total consideration of RMB1.08 billion (equivalent to approximate HK$1.28 billion), the company said. GDH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Guangdong Holdings Limited. The attributable interest which Guangdong Holdings Limited has in the Company is held through GDH.

13 Apr. 2011



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