The beer market dynamics in Russia is approaching zero, yet major brewers are divided into those who developed considerably in 2017 and those who considerably reduced their volumes. For instance, company Efes has managed to substantially extend their sales due to restrained pricing policy and activity in the modern trade. Heineken has also demonstrated an excellent performance promoted by significant increase of advertisement budgets launching a non-alcohol sort of the title brand and unusual activity in the economy market segment. Carlsberg and AB InBev have been focusing on margins and lost a market share of their inexpensive brands. Serious dependence on PET package and mass enthusiasm about Zhigulevskoe have negatively impacted the most of big regional brewers, that have been for the first time pressed by the leaders in the key sales channels, especially in Volga and Central regions. In the small business there has been a noticeable slowdown in appearing of new restaurant breweries, yet the number of craft breweries has been growing rapidly. In 2018, the beer market is likely to grow a little, while the share of AB InBev Efes may decrease due to the integration. ...
“Catalogue of Russian Beer Producers 2018” includes 1070 businesses ranging from large subsidiaries of international companies to rather small restaurant and craft microbreweries.The catalogue includes 32 large breweries, 75 regional breweries, 693 industrial mini- and microbreweries as well as 270 restaurant breweries. ...
Global hop marketA 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 RussiaGermany 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.
drinktec: New Technology for New Products
Four Major Trends in Worldwide Consumer Attitudes
In the soft drinks field, four mega-trends currently dominate consumer behavior worldwide. Drinks purchasers are becoming more concerned about “naturalness”, preferring products made from natural ingredients. Consumers are also on the lookout for products that confer health benefits – functional beverages are regarded at present as a main driver of innovation. But naturalness and functional value alone are not enough to keep the consumer happy. Drinking is supposed to be an enjoyable experience, and that means first-rate taste, aroma and “mouthfeel”. And finally, in the highly mobile society of today, sheer convenience remains a big factor. These trends affect all soft drinks, ranging from water, traditional soft drinks, juices and nectars by way of energy drinks and sports drinks to instant coffees and teas.
Juice products are a growth market worldwide, with notable demand for new lines. This in turn means process technology must rise to new challenges. Where in the past producers’ main concern has been to maximize output, today’s priority in terms of performance is optimal product quality. This means it is now vital that products are processed rapidly but also without impairing quality, and under oxygen-free conditions. How this is done can be seen at drinktec 2013. More than 88,000 sqm of exhibition space will be given over to leading manufacturers from all over the world to present product-specific and product-independent processing technology.
When it comes to expensive, premium-segment juices, the prime requirements are high quality and constant consistency. Processing methods highly protective of fruit quality have now been introduced for the production of juices containing whole fruit pieces. Careful handling of the fruit bits to prevent disintegration involves keeping them separate from the juice throughout processing – for instance, the fruit bits are pasteurized in their own separate tube heat exchangers. Consumer preferences governing vegetable juice production are much the same as for fruit juices. The key requirement is that the juice-extraction process must not impair the product’s natural properties. Speed, continuity and minimal oxidation are the watchwords here: all three are essential to the production of high-grade juices with high yield. The new methods and new technology introduced to meet all these requirements will be presented and explained to users at the drinktec show. A survey at drinktec 2009 showed that as many as one in five visitors that year represented the fruit-juice sector, many of them exclusively. The trend is upwards. drinktec’s Exhibition Director, Petra Westphal, sees this as “clear evidence that the international fruit juice industry is now among those listing drinktec as a permanent fixture on their events calendar”.
In the narrower soft drinks field too, the trend to higher fruit content and use of natural ingredients means there have to be fresh approaches in process technology. The new products are more susceptible to microbiological contamination. So the manufacturers have to supply process components that can be efficiently and sustainably cleaned. For individual syrup bases, life begins in the syrup room. Raw materials go through dissolving, blending, heating and filtration stages on their way to becoming the individual syrup variants, and then move on to the mixing process. A host of exhibitors at drinktec 2013 will be on
hand to explain just how the requisite high levels of precision, reliability, economy and flexibility have been achieved in practice.
A further important element in the process chain is a modern water preparation plant. The homogeneity of the premix is of key importance when it comes to the blending in of the further ingredients. High product quality and elimination of product wastage are also key factors. Drinktec 2013 will feature the latest developments in batch and continuous systems. The recent approval of stevia across the EU as an alternative, zero-calorie sweetener harmless to teeth will entail new approaches in process technology. Adopted solutions will be presented at drinktec 2013.
Unmissable Date for Soft Drinks Manufacturers
Large and small producers of soft drinks use the drinktec technology platform as a rendezvous, an opportunity to exchange views and ideas with colleagues and competitors. Take the example of Coca-Cola. Every four years when drinktec comes round, the world’s biggest soft drinks manufacturer organizes what amounts to a family gathering. Of course, it’s not just a matter of saying “Hi!” to each other again, as Dr. Klaus Stadler of Coca-Cola Europe explains: “We find drinktec a great forum for meeting with producers and distributors and of course doing some networking. Our top people from Atlanta show up at drinktec just as regularly as bottlers and franchisees from all over the world. Members of the Coca-Cola family come here from as far away as Africa, Latin America, China and Australia.”
In the water sector too, constant innovation keeps paring costs and delivering improvements in microbiological quality. Still table water, carbonated, flavored – whatever the water type, production involves ever more sophisticated process technology, for requirements ranging from degasification to precision carbonation to hygienic filtration. Instant and ready-to-drink products made with cereals, blossoms or plant roots may come in future to be used for gently beneficial effects on human health, with the potential for a considerably increased future role as diet supplements. With this end in view, the production process will involve the delicate operation of extracting the valuable active ingredients from plant cells for subsequent blending into the drink. In the view of Euromonitor International, the strongest future growth rates can be expected in ready-to-drink tea and specialty drinks from Asia, because of the associated health benefits. The producers’ ideal is process technology that will ensure meticulous – and hence benefit-conserving – treatment of the tea extract while
also maximizing product yield. Riding high in the instant coffee markets at present, meanwhile, are the aromatized specialty lines, flavored for example with vanilla or chocolate.
Research and development have moved into some entirely new areas, such as the DCD process (Dynamic Cellular Disruption), which may in time supersede at least some of the processes currently used in the beverage industry. Improvement of the keeping qualities of smoothies by application of pulsed electric fields is a further exceptionally interesting research field.
The drinktec fair, September 16-20, 2013, is an ideal opportunity to catch up on the commercial development and in-service record of these and many other technological advances. Process technology is always news.
Further information: www.drinktec.com
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drinktec is the world’s leading trade fair for beverage and liquid food technology. It is the most important trade fair for the sector. Manufacturers and suppliers from all over the world – global companies and SMEs alike – meet up here with all sizes of producers and retailers of beverages and liquid food products. Within the sector drinktec is regarded as the number one platform for launching new products on the world market. At this event manufacturers present the latest technology for production, filling and packaging of beverages of all kinds, and for liquid food – also encompassing raw materials and logistics solutions. The themes of beverages marketing and packaging design round off the portfolio.
drinktec 2013, which takes place at the Messe M?nchen exhibition centre in Munich, from September 16 to 20, 2013, is expected to attract around 1,500 exhibitors from over 70 countries and approximately 60,000 visitors from more than 170 countries.
22 Feb. 2012