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.
10+1 trends of Russian beer market 2015-2017Despite of the moderately negative prognoses for 2017, the beer market can be stabilized soon. Yet the years of the negative dynamics have resulted in marketing being limited just to “optimization” and the art of balancing between price and volumes. Bigger supermarkets share means stronger trade marketing. These processes are connected to the majority of the described trends. At the same time, the federal brands inflation leads to searching for new tastes, sales channels and contact formats that expand the product range and diversify the beer market, but do not imply a substantial volume increase. Let us enumerate and further discuss the ten trends of the beer market we can see in 2015-2017 as well as the major event of 2017.
Beer market of Ukraine 2017In the first half of 2017, the Ukrainian beer market goes on decreasing slowly. Yet, the companies manage to compensate their lost volumes by raising prices and improving the sales structures. This results in the mid price market segment reduction while the sales of premium brands are rising. These processes are connected to position strengthening of companies Carlsberg Group and Oasis and the market share reduction of Obolon. Most of the novelties by the market leaders belong to craft or hard lemon categories.
Beer market of Russia 2016: PET goes to draftThe beer market of Russia was warmed up by the hot summer, but the preparation for large volume PET prohibition has already impacted it negatively. The year was successful for Efes, MBC and regional producers; Carlsberg’s positions were virtually stable but AB InBev and Heineken lost a part of market share having focused on the sales profitability. The dynamics of big brands was determined by how much the companies were willing to keep the prices down or by their promotional activity. In this context the economy segment of the beer market and sales of inexpensive draft beer were increasing. The premium segment started shrinking due to license brands migrating to the mainstream segment.
US. Miller Lite to Celebrate “Beersgiving”
The concept of Beersgiving is founded upon the spirit of reconnecting with friends, which is how 80 million Americans age 21 and older spend the night before Thanksgiving, according to a survey conducted by Kelton Research* on behalf of Miller Lite. Close to half of consumers surveyed say they look forward to Beersgiving because it is a great night to catch up with people they don’t see as often as they’d like, and the most popular beverage of choice is beer, with one-third of drinkers toasting their friendships over a brew that night.
“Thanksgiving Eve has long been a night when friends reconnect over a beer, so we want to say thanks by sponsoring their Beersgiving celebrations,” said Ryan Reis, Miller Lite senior director of marketing. “Whether it’s the group of friends you grew up with or a buddy, who now lives across the country, getting together, having a beer or two and sharing memories while creating new ones, is what Miller Time is all about.”
The $25 gift cards will be given to the first 2,000 eligible entrants, who will receive their Miller Lite Beersgiving gift card by mail. Entrants must be a U.S. resident 21 and older. Offer not valid in California or Texas. For additional information on Miller Lite and Beersgiving 2012, visit Facebook.com/MillerLite.
Additional results from the Kelton Research survey on Beersgiving for Miller Lite include:
• Over half (57 percent) of men ages 21-34 often spend Thanksgiving Eve with friends.
• More people in the 21-34 age group than those 35 and older (52 percent vs. 27 percent) have made spending this night with friends a habit.
• More than two in three (68 percent) men ages 21-34 have spent time with friends on Thanksgiving Eve.
• Close to two-thirds (65 percent) of beer drinkers say they’ve celebrated with friends the night before Thanksgiving, versus 43 percent of those who don’t drink beer.
• Nearly a quarter (24 percent) of men 21-34 enjoy Thanksgiving Eve more than Thanksgiving Day.
• Nearly four in 10 Americans would rather have a beer than a slice of pie on Thanksgiving Eve.
*Kelton Research’s Miller Lite Beersgiving survey was conducted October 11-18, 2012, among 1,056 nationally representative Americans ages 21 and older, using an email invitation and an online survey.
13 Nov. 2012