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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.

SABMiller finds full-strength returns elusive in Foster’s declining market

BEER volumes for SABMiller's Australian arm, the brewer Foster's, have tanked, falling 13 per cent for the first half as the global beer company suffers from the loss of key brands in its local portfolio, termination of third-party distribution contracts and a tougher line it is taking with retailers over pricing.
The beer declines at Foster's outpaced the drop in consumption experienced by the broader brewing market.
Reporting its results overnight for the six months to September, SABMiller confirmed a trading update announced earlier in the year that its Foster's business had lost significant volumes for the half.
SABMiller, which paid $12.3 billion last year for the acquisition of Foster's, said lager volumes had declined by 8 per cent on a pro forma basis during the half, excluding the impact of the termination of some licensed brands and the loss of two trading days.
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''Including these impacts, lager volumes declined by 13 per cent,'' the company said.
Since the takeover by SABMiller in 2011, Foster's has lost a string of licences as global owners of popular beer brands switch their contracts to other players who are not in direct competition with them in other international markets.
The termination of deals with Corona, Australia's biggest selling imported premium beer, and others such as Stella Artois have also enabled its arch rival in the region, Lion, to usurp its position as Australia's No.1 brewer.
SABMiller, the world's second-biggest brewer, said its share of the Australian market might not lift for another two years.
Reporting to shareholders, SABMiller said Foster's had made improvements to the business. ''Good progress continues to be made on plans to strengthen the brand portfolio and commercial trading relationships, to accelerate the realisation of synergies and to improve operational performance.''
The acquisition of Foster's and higher profits in China and India did result in higher group earnings, however, with reported EBITA in the Asia-Pacific region increasing by 265 per cent, or 10 per cent on a constant currency basis.
SABMiller said group pre-tax profit rose to $US2.76 billion in the first half as sales rose 11 per cent to $17.5 billion.

27 Nov. 2012

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