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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.

Pentair Haffmans launches In-line CO2 Meter AuCoMet-i

Pentair Haffmans, a leading supplier of quality control equipment and carbon dioxide (CO2) systems for the brewing and beverage industries, has successfully launched the In-line CO2 Meter AuCoMet-i.
With more than 31,000 visitors from all over the world, this year’s Brau Beviale in Nuremberg, Germany has been the perfect platform for Pentair Haffmans to showcase its latest innovation: the In-line CO2 Meter AuCoMet-i, which will once again set standards in terms of quality, handling and ease of maintenance for CO2 quality control equipment.
In the beer and beverage industries, the content of dissolved CO2 is of utmost importance to the quality, taste and flavor stability of the product. This is why breweries and soft drink manufacturers continuously control and measure the CO2 content during production. Pentair Haffmans’ In-line CO2 Meter AuCoMet-i enables a fast and accurate determination of the CO2 content in beer and carbonated beverages based on Henry’s Law. It can be built into the production line at any location where the determination of dissolved CO2 is required, typically after filtration, carbonation and/or blending and before filling. Up to 500 measurements can be stored in internal memory.
Unlike previous generations, the AuCoMet-i has a separate control unit that can be field or panel mounted. This offers the operator maximum flexibility to position the control unit at a location that allows optimal access to the operating panel and the display. In addition, due to its modular design, the system can easily be extended with an oxygen (O2) sensor. Special attention was given to the construction of the CO2 sensor, which resulted in a maintenance-friendly design. The lifetime of wear parts is greatly increased with the new generation In-line CO2 Meter, which results in longer service intervals. Moreover, the new CO2 sensor design allows service to be executed in less than 30 minutes. Pentair Haffmans’ AuCoMet-i offers maximum availability against the lowest total cost of ownership.
When used in combination with Pentair Haffmans’ CO2 dosing unit, the AuCoMet-i determines the content of CO2 and, through embedded software that allows for direct communication, the CO2 dosing rate can immediately be adjusted if necessary. Along with CO2 dosing unit and static mixers, the AuCoMet-i is part of Pentair Haffmans ‘Carbo Controller’, a fully automated plug and play unit that allows for accurate CO2 injection, ‘bubble free’ CO2 dissolving and thus perfect total CO2 process control.
These innovations and applications make the new Pentair Haffmans’ In-line CO2 Meter AuCoMet-i a more sophisticated product that meets the ever increasing requirements of today’s brewing and beverage industries.
Pentair (www.pentair.com ) is a global diversified industrial company headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its Water Group is a global leader in providing innovative products and systems used worldwide in the movement, treatment, storage and enjoyment of water. Pentair’s Technical Products Group is a leader in the global enclosures and thermal management markets, designing and manufacturing thermal management products and standard, modified, and custom enclosures that protect sensitive electronics and the people that use them. With 2010 revenues of $3.0 billion, Pentair employs over 14,000 people worldwide.


25 Nov. 2011



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