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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.

US. Saint Louis Brewery to sell majority stake to local investment group

Missouri-based Saint Louis Brewery has signed a purchase agreement to transfer 60% ownership interest in the business to local investment group.

The investor group is led by Wes Jones and John Lemkemeier of St. Louis and including David Schlafly, also of St. Louis.

Saint Louis Brewery co-founder and president Tom Schlafly said the agreement with Wes and John meets the criteria the company set back in June of 2010, when they first discussed a succession plan for ownership of the brewery.

Schlafly will initially retain an interest of approximately 20% and serve as chairman of the Brewery. Dan Kopman, co-founder and current chief operating officer, will own at least a 10% interest and serve as CEO.

Ten percent of the business will be available for purchase by eligible employees.

The brewery has been producing fine craft beers in St Louis since 1991 and recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Its flagship Pale Ale is a smooth, balanced, copper-colored session beer with mildly spiced flavor and aroma from the East Kent Goldings hops.

10 Jan. 2012

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