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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.

Duvel Moortgat to Acquire Liefmans?

I can't tell you for sure because my French is woefully inadequate, but it appears that Duvel Moortgat has put in a bid to buy the bankrupt Liefmans operations. Here is an article I found. My apologies, I have yet to find one in English. As I find out more, I'll pass along the information.

UPDATE: One of my terrific readers, Tristan, was kind enough to translate the article linked above into English for the rest of us. Here is the translated article in it's entirety:

Duvel Moortgat confirms its offer on the Liefmans Brewery

The Duvel Moortgat brewery has put down an offer to pursue temporarily running the Liefmans Brewery (declared bankrupt) under the direction of its curators. This was confirmed by Duvel Moortgat in a message circulated Tuesday. It also made an offer to retake some of the assets of the defunct companies Brouwerif Liefmans and Liefmans Breweries.

The Courtrai Tribunal of Commerce declared the bankruptcy of the Liefmans Breweries established in Dentergem and Audenarde last December. The brewery had then asked for a judicial agreement, but the judge declared the bankruptcy immediately. Fifty workers lost their jobs.

The Tribunal named five curators who, at present, are looking for a temporary operator, because the two guiding shareholders of the brewery declared bankruptcy having made the call against the decision of the Courtrai Tribunal of Commerce.

Besides Duvel Moortgat, the two acting shareholders of the Liefmans Brewery of Dentergem, Renaldo Delabie and Gino Vantieghem, have also made an offer to take over the provisionary operation of their business.

Before the designation of any provisionary operator, the curators must receive the agreement of the Courtrai Tribunal of Commerce. A definite buyer will be named after the decision in court.

3 Oct. 2011

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