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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.

Canada. Viterra Malt reports lower sales on a year-to-date basis

Viterra, a vertically integrated global agri-business headquartered in Canada, today published its third quarter financial results and outlook.

Viterra’s malt operations generated sales of $74.0 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to $70.3 million for the same period last year. On a year-to-date basis, sales were $199.8 million, compared to $235.6 million a year earlier. While sales in Canada were comparable year-over-year, in Australia malt sales volumes were down 8% in the quarter and 10% year to date reflecting sluggish customer demand and softening world malt prices.

Viterra expects Global malt markets to remain challenging in the near term due to sluggish beer sales in North America and Europe causing excess capacity and margin pressure around the globe. For Viterra’s malt operations in Australia, the Company believes that margins will remain compressed, below pre-recession levels, into the first half of fiscal 2012. However, the Company remains confident in the long-term outlook for this industry.

In Australia, Viterra operates seven processing plants with production capacity of 470,000 tonnes annually. Approximately 370,000 tonnes are destined for export markets predominantly in the Asian-Pacific region and 100,000 tonnes are consumed domestically. The Company is currently building an 110,000 tonne malt facility in Sydney, Australia, which is expected to be completed in fiscal 2012. Viterra’s North American operations participate in malt production through a 42% ownership interest in Prairie Malt Limited with a single-site malt operation located in Saskatchewan.

Viterra was founded in 1924 and has extensive operations across Canada and Australia, with facilities in the United States (“U.S.”) and New Zealand. Viterra has offices in Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Switzerland, Italy, Ukraine, Germany and India.

12 Sep. 2011



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