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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.


UK. Subsidiary of Graincorp Malt in Inverness suffers dust explosion and fire

Staff at Bairds Malt, a subsidiary of Graincorp Malt, Autralia had to be evacuated following the dust explosion on Thursday. Nobody was injured in the explosion but gas and electricity were switched off at the site in Inverness, in the Scottish Highlands.

Fire crew used breathing apparatus, a main jet and a hose-reel jet to tackle the incident, believed to be a dust explosion. The fire brigade were called out to the malting company premises again two hours later to deal with a separate fire in the roof space.

A fire brigade spokeswoman said: “It appeared the first call was a dust explosion in an industrial building. We are investigating and will be liaising with site engineers.

The factory in Inverness has an annual production capacity of 45,000 tonnes of distilling malt , in Inverness.

Graincorp Malt purchased Bairds Malt in 2009 and GermanMalt/Schill Malz in 2011.

27 Oct. 2011



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