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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.


Budvar praises ruling in Anheuser-Busch case

State-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar, which has been fighting a long legal battle with U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch over the Budweiser brand, said Thursday it has won the latest round in Bulgaria.

Budvar said a city court in Sofia, Bulgaria's capital, has rejected a legal challenge by Anheuser-Busch that wanted it to cancel the right of Budvar to use "Bud" as a protected geographic indication of origin.

As a result, Budvar said, Anheuser-Busch withdrew its appeal of a court ruling that ordered the cancellation of two registered trademarks held by Anheuser-Busch, "Bud" and "American Bud."

The world's largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev, which was created in 2008 when Belgium's InBev bought Anheuser-Busch, declined to comment Thursday.

Budvar says the legal battle in Bulgaria is not over yet because it is still seeking the cancellation of other Anheuser-Busch's trademarks there, such as "Anheuser-Busch Bud."

Budvar said it exported 120,000 liters (31,702 gallons) of its premium lager to Bulgaria last year.


8 Aug. 2011



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