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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.


Diageo Korea turns eyes to beer market

Diageo Korea is turning its eyes to the beer market to cope with consumers’ changing tastes, the chief executive of the Korean unit of the global beverage maker said Sunday.

Diageo plans to release another Irish ale beer as early as next month to expand its presence in the sector. Sales of Irish dark beer brand Guinness grew 47 percent last year from a year ago.

“We expect big growth in the imported beer market based on Guinness’ amazing contribution and the launch of Smithwick’s, which boasts three hundred years of tradition,” said Kim Jong-woo during a dinner meeting with reporters in this German city.
Irish ale Smithwick’s, whose debut in Korea is set for late October, is expected to lure into the fold various consumer groups, such as women and young adults, the Diageo Korea chief said.

Awarded six gold medals at Monde Selection, one of the world’s three most authoritative liquor tasting competitions, Smithwick’s originates from Ireland’s oldest operating brewery.

According to industrial data, Japanese brand Asahi topped the imported beer market in Korea in the first half of this year, accounting for 28 percent. The brand pushed aside longtime leader Heineken from the Netherlands to second place by 2 percentage points. Miller of the United States came third with 20 percent, while Guinness ranked fourth with one tenth of the market.

Meanwhile, Kim also unveiled that its trademark whisky brand Windsor became one of the 14 strategic brands from its headquarters in July 2010.
“To be a strategic brand is a meaningful event. The performance of Winsor is mentioned in the annual report every year and gets special attraction from headquarters.”

Kim Young-jin, a manager of the company, said that Windsor’s global recognition proves both Winsor’s current performance and potential for growth in the future.

Kim Jong-woo, having led the company for the last four-and-half years, said that Windsor has been gaining greater popularity in China since 2009 and is expected to reach sales of 100,000 cases this year in the world’s second-largest economy. For the Chinese market, one case contains six bottles, and each bottle contains 700 milliliters.

27 Sep. 2011



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