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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.

Sabine Sagaert joins Cargill as general manager of malt operations in Europe

Cargill on Thursday announced that Sabine Sagaert has joined Cargill Malt as the general manager of malt operations in Europe. Sagaert succeeds Alain Dufait, who has taken a position with Cargill’s Starches and Sweeteners business in Europe.

Sagaert comes to Cargill with more than 10 years of experience in the brewing industry. She previously worked with Interbrew/Inbev in a number of roles, including general manager, marketing director, and business president for Belgium and Luxemburg. Most recently, she was the chief executive officer for the dental division of a well-known healthcare organization.

She has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Leuven, and additional degrees in marketing, economics and fiscal law.

“Sabine’s impressive background in the brewing industry will add great depth and new perspective to our leadership team,” said Doug Eden, president of Cargill Malt. “She will play a key role in driving innovation and influencing strategy that will help set the tone for growth in Cargill Malt.”

“I’m eager to contribute to a company with the proven success record that Cargill has earned in the marketplace, and I look forward to building on what has been accomplished and to helping shape the organization for future innovation and growth,” Sagaert said.

About Cargill

Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 131,000 people in 66 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to sharing its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business.

25 Jun. 2011

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