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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. Miller Lite to Celebrate “Beersgiving”

More than half of Americans gather with friends on the night before Thanksgiving, so Miller Lite is going to sponsor $50,000 of those celebrations this Beersgiving. Legal drinking-age consumers can head to the Miller Lite Facebook page at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, Tuesday, November 13, 2012, to receive one of 2,000 $25 gift cards so they can enjoy a Beersgiving Miller Time with their friends.

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

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