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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.

Kirin Said to Offer at Least 2 Billion Reais for Schincariol Minor Stake

Kirin Holdings Co., the Japanese brewer seeking control of Schincariol Participacoes e Representacoes, is offering at least 2 billion reais ($1.08 billion) to buy out minority investors in the Brazilian beer maker, said a person with knowledge of the process.

The plan is to offer minority shareholders a per-share price that’s close to what Kirin agreed to pay majority holders Adriano and Alexandre Schincariol, the sons of the founder, said the person, who declined to be identified as talks are private. Kirin agreed last month to pay 3.95 billion reais for Aleadri- Schinni Participacoes e Representacoes SA, which owns 50.45 percent of the brewer.

An agreement may help resolve the court dispute holding up the deal, which would give Kirin a foothold in Latin America’s largest beer market with brands such as Nova Schin and Devassa. Jose Augusto Schincariol, Daniela Schincariol and Gilberto Schincariol Junior, who own the rest of the Brazilian beer maker, had sued to block Kirin’s purchase, saying they have the right of first refusal on Aleadri-Schinni’s holdings.

Kirin, based in Tokyo, is assuming half Schincariol’s 1.1 billion reais in debt as part of the transaction. The brewer is still negotiating with minority and majority shareholders over who will assume Schincariol’s labor, legal and tax liabilities, which stood at 2.1 billion reais at the end of 2010.

Kirin hired UBS AG for the deal with the minority shareholders, two people familiar with the process said. Citigroup Inc. advised Kirin for the controlling stake.

Buying Spree
Brazil’s Supreme Court of Justice is scheduled to deliver a decision on the matter Oct. 11.

Kan Yamamoto, a spokesman for Kirin, declined to comment. Teixeira Martins, a law firm that represents Schincariol minority shareholders, declined to comment. Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Junior e Quiroga Advogados, a law firm that represents Schincariol’s majority shareholders, declined to comment. UBS and Citigroup declined to comment.

Kirin, Japan’s second-largest brewer by volume, has made or proposed at least five acquisitions in 2011. The Schincariol purchase is the second-largest in the beer industry this year, trailing only SabMiller Plc’s A$9.9 billion ($9.64 billion) offer for Foster’s Group Ltd.

3 Oct. 2011

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