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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.


Accra Brewery Limited Commissions Commercial Chibuku Plant

Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), a subsidiary of SABMiller plc, commissioned its commercial Chibuku plant today at its brewery site in Accra.

The plant, which was commissioned by His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, has an annual capacity of 100,000 Hl and was installed at a cost of USD 2.5million.

In December 2009, Accra Brewery launched Chibuku Shake Shake, an opaque beer product that takes its cues from opaque beers that have a strong traditional heritage throughout Africa, such as pito in Ghana. At that time, the launch was done on a small scale to test consumer responses ahead of a planned full-scale production.

Chibuku is the result of a long process of development, focusing on Accra Brewery's commitment to use only locally grown ingredients for its primary inputs and to support local wealth creation. The product is therefore brewed from maize and sorghum grown right here in Ghana.

In his speech at the commissioning, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama stated, "The commissioning of this plant is an important milestone because it is the first time in the history of our nation that a product similar to our traditional brews is being packaged on such a large commercial scale. I must commend Accra Brewery and its parent company SABMiller for bringing such an initiative to Ghana." He further went on to add, "Accra Brewery has grown from strength to strength and must be applauded for continually being innovative, even after 80-plus years of existence."

The event, which was attended by the Managing Director of SABMiller Africa, Mark Bowman, Deputy Minister in charge of Crops at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Hon. Yaw Effah-Baasi, and Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Hon. Nii Djama Vanderpuye, marks an important milestone, not only in the company's history, but also in the nation's economic growth path.

The newly commissioned plant has the capacity to process over 200 metric tonnes of sorghum and over 300 metric tonnes of maize per annum. A minimum of 550 farmers will be supplying these locally grown raw materials. The livelihood of 550 families will therefore be impacted by this one plant alone. According to a study undertaken by Prof Ethan Kapstein of the INSEAD Business School (in France) on the socio-economic footprint of ABL, together with its sister company, Voltic Ghana Ltd in 2011, both companies support almost 18,000 jobs in the Ghanaian economy. That was before the addition of this 100,000 Hl commercial plant to the existing brewery and bottling facilities. With the addition of this Chibuku plant, ABL should be supporting about 20,000 jobs in the Ghanaian economy.

Accra Brewery Limited, which was established in 1931, started off with one brewery and two bottling lines producing Club Beer and Club Minerals, and has seen tremendous growth over the years. With the addition of Chibuku Shake Shake, Accra Brewery now produces 15 brands on the market.

Also present at the event was the Adabraka Atukpai Mantse, Nii Tetteh Adjaben I, among a host of other dignitaries. Guests at the event were treated to a range of traditional music and dances from Adehyeman Cultural Troupe as they savoured refreshments made from a variety of Ghanaian recipes in the true Chibuku spirit of authentic African tradition.

16 Mar. 2012



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