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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.

New Belgium to construct new US brewing facility

New Belgium Brewing has contracted Adolfson & Peterson Construction (A&P) to build the brewery's East Coast brewing facility in Asheville, North Carolina, US.

Located on the existing 18-acre brownfield site along the French Broad River, the facility is expected to help the company to double its brewing capacity to almost 1.5mbpy.

The US-based brewery is considering investing $175m in constructing the facility over the next seven years.

The project is likely to provide more than 350 construction jobs, including additional jobs for vendors and suppliers during the two years of construction.

Construction of the proposed 150,000ft? facility is anticipated to begin in early 2013.

East Coast brewing facility is scheduled to go on stream in the early 2015.

Began operations in 1991, New Belgium brews nine year-round beers --Fat Tire Amber Ale, Sunshine Wheat , Ranger IPA, Belgo IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Blue Paddler Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey, and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases.

17 Jan. 2013

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