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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. Anheuser-Busch InBev sets-up craft beer board as Goose Island chief steps aside

Goose Island founder & CEO John Hall is stepping down at the brewer to help establish a craft beer advisory board at parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev (A-B InBev).

The move, confirmed to just-drinks today (19 November), sees A-B InBev focus greater attention on the craft beer category in the US. The global brewer bought Chicago-based Goose Island for US$38.8m last year.

Tony Bowker, Goose's COO is also leaving the company, along with Hall, to sit on the advisory board. The board will be led by A-B InBev's North America president Luiz Edmond and Paul Chibe, the group's US chief marketing officer.

“Our company’s role in the high-end beer segment is growing and enabling us to reach a new and growing consumer base that has wide-ranging beer tastes and interests,” Edmond and Chibe said in an internal company notice, seen by just-drinks.

“To help guide this growth, we are proud to announce the establishment of the Anheuser-Busch Craft Advisory Board.”

Earlier this month, the company confirmed the launch of Budweiser Black Crown - a 6% dark variant of its flagship beer.

Meanwhile, Andy Goeler will take the role of president & CEO at Goose Island, starting on 1 January. Goeler, currently A-B InBev's Import, Craft and Specialty VP, will report to Chibe.

He has been working with the Goose Island team for the past year, according to the announcement. Goeler, a 30-year A-B veteran, will take on expansion of the brand nationally, “growing the brands the right way”, the statement said.

Adam Oakley will replace Goeler as Import, Craft and Specialty VP, also effective from 1 January.

Oakley is currently director of Mission 6 brands and transferred to Anheuser-Busch in the US in 2010 from the UK team of A-B InBev.

20 Nov. 2012

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