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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.

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Schill Malz/GermanMalt no longer independent

As GrainCorp stated in a public announcement on 05. October, it had completed the purchase of GermanMalt GmbH & Co. for an enterprise value of €58 million, inclusive of €18 million in inventory and working capital. Previously, Graincorp had informed, that the acquisition was motivated by the wish to be a supplier of EU Malt (especially 6-row malt) in bulk to South American and African buyers.
The company also advised that the name of GermanMalt has reverted to ‘Schill Malz’, being the former company name. “Schill Malz” had not been used in the malt market, since GlobalMalt did the marketing of all GermanMalt products successfully in the last five years.?After having closed the first Schill malting factory in Osthofen about five years ago, the Schill family decided in July to divest and sell their malting assets in GermanMalt GmbH & Co KG together with co-owners C.Thywissen to Graincorp Malt and their stake in GlobalMalt GmbH & Co KG to Hamburg based Tivoli Malz GmbH.
Of the former 5 members of the board of GlobalMalt, only Peter Schill and Carl Otto Schill will join the Graincorp subsidiary Schill Malz.
Dr. Dietrich Moench and Carsten Wulf will direct the GlobalMalt group and Tivoli Malz GmbH in Hamburg, while Sjef Menu continues to be Managing Director of C. Thywissen.
12 Oct. 2011

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