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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.

Prazdroj starts trial run of PET bottling line

Plze?sk? Prazdroj has started a trial run of its new PET bottling line. With a maximum output of 18,000 bottles per hour, the line is Plze?sk? Prazdroj’s biggest one–off investment over the last five years. The value of the line and the overall technical design is approx. CZK 150 million. The company’s offer of PET–packaged beer includes the brands Velkopopovick? Kozel, Primus and Klasik.
Last months saw more than thirty trucks bringing in components for the new line and Prazdroj’s central packaging hall bustling with preparations for the installation. The so far unbuilt area of the complex was used for civil modifications and utility connections, including water and other process fluid distribution systems, beer piping and a number of technical sundries, the finishing touches to an investment of about 150 million Czech Crowns.
„We have our consumers at heart, and want to ensure we meet their needs. In response to their changing preferences and growing demand for convenient packaging, we are putting into operation a new plastic packaging line as part of our long–term investments in the development of our business. Our brewmasters make traditional Czech beers, and our goal is to sustainably offer consumers the highest quality of both our traditional products and the new packaging they come in. Our consumers deserve the best beer experience, and we are committed to delivering it to them,“ says Douglas Brodman, Plze?sk? Prazdroj’s CEO.
Plze?sk? Prazdroj uses the increasingly popular PET packaging for its brands Primus, Klasik and Velkopopovick? Kozel. The bottles protect the beer from light and oxygen.

* With total sales of almost 9.9 million hectolitres in 2010 (including licensed production abroad) and exports to more than 50 countries around the world, Plze?sk? Prazdroj is a major beer producer in the region and the largest exporter of Czech beer.
* Plze?sk? Prazdroj, a.s. is a member of the SABMiller plc. Pilsner Urquell is the international flagship of the SABMiller brand portfolio.
* SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers, with brewing interests or distribution agreements in over 60 countries across six continents.

24 Aug. 2011

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