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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.


Pentair receives additional BMF order from Cerveceria Nacional

Pentair Beverage Systems has delivered a Beer Membrane Filtration (BMF) System to SABMiller subsidiary Cerveceria Nacional in Guayaquil, Ecuador that replaces the brewery’s diatomaceous earth (DE) filter. Following the successful implementation of Pentair’s BMF technology at the Quito production site, it is the second Cerveceria Nacional brewery in Equador to switch from DE to BMF.

With an annual capacity of approximately five million hectoliters, the brewery in Guayaquil produces a wide range of beer brands including Pilsener, Pilsener Light, Club Premium and Dorada. The order is part of SABMiller’s strategic initiative to replace DE filtration systems in breweries worldwide with a more sustainable technology. Pentair supplied Cerveceria Nacional with a fully automated turnkey membrane filtration line, including unfiltered and filtered beer tanks, membrane filter skids with an output of 400 hl/h, security filter, and a cleaning-in-place (CIP) unit. The system was put into operation in late 2012. At present, 75% of the beer production at the Guayaquil brewery is filtered with BMF.

“SABMiller continuously looks for innovative solutions that provide sustainability benefits and help to optimize production processes,” said Gustavo Guimas, Manufacturing Vice President at Cerveceria Nacional/SABMiller. “Pentair’s BMF fits our strategy well as this technology eliminates the necessity of diatomaceous earth, decreases solid waste and at the same time offers easy handling and a constant beer quality. In addition, water consumption and beer losses are reduced.”

The compact modular design of the BMF skids makes it possible to filter more beer in a smaller footprint than other technologies. Moreover, membrane filtration ensures a constantly high beer quality as it is a permanent barrier to beer spoiling materials resulting in significant advantages in regard to the product’s taste and colloidal stability.

For more information on Pentair’s BMF technology, please visit www.pentairbeveragesystems.com.

22 Feb. 2013



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