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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.


InBev Set to Win Approval for Brazil Beer Sales During World Cup

Brazil intends to give Anheuser- Busch InBev NV, the world’s largest brewer, the green light to sell beer in stadiums during the 2014 soccer World Cup, a senior lawmaker said.

Vicente Candido, sponsor of a special World Cup bill, said the government has enough support in Congress to lift a ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in stadiums during the tournament. He expects the proposal to pass both houses of the government-controlled legislature early next year.

The announcement marks a breakthrough after weeks of standoff between the five-time world champion and the global soccer authority FIFA on issues stemming from an accord signed when the World Cup was awarded to Brazil in 2007. InBev last month extended its beer sponsorship for the FIFA World Cup through 2022.

“Evidently we have to and will comply with the agreement,” Candido, a lower-house legislator of the ruling Workers’ Party, said by telephone from Brasilia. “In the culture of Brazil, a tropical country of football and carnival,” it makes no sense to prohibit the sale of beer in stadiums, Candido said. “It’s not a problem.”

FIFA this year balked at Brazil’s demands to grant students and the elderly discount tickets to the matches, as is required under national law. The two sides have also squabbled over intellectual property right enforcement and public security.

“FIFA is very strict, very rigid,” said Candido.

1 Dec. 2011



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