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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.


Adiabatic peak cooling minimizes weight and size of dry coolers

Bochum (Germany), 04.06.2013 – With its dry air coolers featuring adiabatic peak cooling, GEA has harmonized the weight, dimensions, cooling duty, and cost of these units. For most of the year, these adiabatic coolers operate as conventional dry air coolers – with benefits including those of a closed process cycle. Support from adiabatic cooling is necessary only on especially hot days. Evaporative cooling takes place here when nozzles in front of the cooling ramp atomize water under high pressure. Evaporation of the tiny water particles reduces the temperature of the cooling air by a few degrees. The cooling system is closed, as with a conventional dry cooler: which eliminates contamination of the process medium and atmospheric contamination. Ultraviolet disinfection of the water prevents pathogens such as legionellae in the mist.

The adiabatic peak-load cooling assures low life-cycle costs, since these dry coolers do not need to be designed in accordance with maximum possible outdoor temperatures. The coolers may therefore be smaller, lighter, and more cost-effective. In addition, smaller heat exchanger and fan surfaces contribute to quieter operation. The average water costs for operation of the adiabatic functions are relatively low because they are in use only on a few days of the year. Since these coolers require no collecting vessel for water and no water treatment systems, investment costs for peak-load cooling are low. With calculation of costs throughout the system life cycle, operators profit from an optimal cost situation and can, in addition, enjoy the benefits of more compact dry air coolers.

Sales contact:
GEA Erge-Spirale et Soramat SAS
Olivier Dewulf
Z.A des Ateliers Centraux, 2 rue de l’Electrolyse BP 66
62410 Wingles, France
Tel.: +33 1 61 04 18 01
[email protected]

4 Jun. 2013



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