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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.

SABMiller’s Zimbabwe unit H1 earnings up 46 pct

* Revenues up 41 pct to $255 mln
* Total beverage sales up 23 percent

SABMiller's Zimbabwe unit registered a 46 percent increase in earnings in the half-year to September, driven by strong beverage sales growth as the country's economy continues to recover.

Delta Corporation , which is 38 percent owned by SABMiller, reported basic earnings per share of 2.49 cents in the first half, up from 1.71 cents previously. After-tax profit was $30.29 million, compared to $20.47 million in the correpsonding period of 2010.

Revenue rose to $254.8 million, up from $181.8 million last year, as total beverage volumes jumped 23 percent on the previous year's figure.

Delta CEO Joe Mutizwa told an analyst briefing that the firm would spend $78 million to expand operations in the full-year to March 2012, up from the initially budgeted $67 million.

14 Nov. 2011

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