The beer market dynamics in Russia is approaching zero, yet major brewers are divided into those who developed considerably in 2017 and those who considerably reduced their volumes. For instance, company Efes has managed to substantially extend their sales due to restrained pricing policy and activity in the modern trade. Heineken has also demonstrated an excellent performance promoted by significant increase of advertisement budgets launching a non-alcohol sort of the title brand and unusual activity in the economy market segment. Carlsberg and AB InBev have been focusing on margins and lost a market share of their inexpensive brands. Serious dependence on PET package and mass enthusiasm about Zhigulevskoe have negatively impacted the most of big regional brewers, that have been for the first time pressed by the leaders in the key sales channels, especially in Volga and Central regions. In the small business there has been a noticeable slowdown in appearing of new restaurant breweries, yet the number of craft breweries has been growing rapidly. In 2018, the beer market is likely to grow a little, while the share of AB InBev Efes may decrease due to the integration. ...
“Catalogue of Russian Beer Producers 2018” includes 1070 businesses ranging from large subsidiaries of international companies to rather small restaurant and craft microbreweries.The catalogue includes 32 large breweries, 75 regional breweries, 693 industrial mini- and microbreweries as well as 270 restaurant breweries. ...
Global hop marketA 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 RussiaGermany 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.
Welcome to Castelain Brewery
GEA Brewery Systems was pleased to take on the task of creating a new brewhouse for such famous French beers. The Castelain Brewery set a tight time frame and a clearly defined task for the conceptual design of the plant. The main focus was not only on meeting the latest technological requirements, but also on covering the international demand in the long term with a flexible plant system, particularly as this demand is forecast to increase continuously.
To meet this goal, the GEA COMPACT-STAR™ brewhouse was selected. [Image 1] The compact, modular, expandable brewhouse concept from GEA Brewery Systems has a number of properties to optimize the process and quality.
Flexible and versatile
This includes a 3-vessel brewhouse with a 5 t/h MILLSTAR™. The brewhouse was installed in a new building which was erected specifically for this purpose. On an area of 120 m?, brews with an original gravity of 12° to 17° Plato are produced with the COMPACT-STAR™ with a cast-out quantity of 100 hl cold wort and a filling charge between 1.8 t and 2.3 t. The maximum capacity is 7 brews per day. [Image 2]
The MILLSTAR™ has a compact design and ensures steeping conditioning with little oxygen uptake. The mash is transferred into the mash vessel from below by a Mohno pump. The mashing process can be realized in two ways. The mash vessel is either heated with steam or warm water is added (infusion mashing).
The lauter tun with a diameter of 4 meters has a lautering surface of 12.5 m? with a free filter area of 14 % and includes important features of the LAUTERSTAR™ technology like double-shoe knives and differential pressure measurement. [Image 3]
The weak wort can be collected in an insulated tank and the warm weak wort can then be added to the MILLSTAR™ during the next brew. [Image 4]
Individual and efficient
The Whirlpool/wort kettle is equipped with a JETSTAR™ internal boiler and is individually adjusted to the minimum and maximum cast-out quantity requested by the brewery.
Since the brewery produces both top-fermented and bottom-fermented beers, the cooling system is designed as a two-stage heat exchanger. The wort flows to the yeast dosing unit with the corresponding temperatures. With the GEA aeration units, the wort comes to the fermenting room with an oxygen content of up to 12 ppm.
As a specialist for process integration, GEA Brewery Systems integrated some existing process units of Castelain Brewery into the new brewhouse. Thus, the entire system was raised to a uniform technical level and the production process was optimized.
The GEARBOXX™ automation system is an open system based on ILTIS. It controls the new COMPACT-STAR™ brewhouse. For increased security, process monitoring is realized by two redundant servers. The administration of all recipes and of production and laboratory reports can be customized. [Image 5]
Thanks to the intuitive operation, it was no problem to familiarize the production team as well as the laboratory staff and the management of Castelain Brewery with the GEARBOXX™ automation system. All production-relevant information can be stored over a period of 9 months and provides comprehensive control to the brewery management.
Fit for the future
The expandable COMPACT-STAR™ brewhouse system is part of the generation contract of Castelain Brewery. A possible extension of the system has already been taken into consideration. Corresponding structural, procedural and system-related precautions have been taken. Flexibility of the production equipment in response to a rising demand is thus ensured. With a 5-vessel brewhouse with a MILLSTAR™, a maximum plant utilization with 12 brews per day will be possible.
With the COMPACT-STAR™ from GEA Brewery Systems, the brewery in B?nifontaine now certainly has a technical and technological solution that is the best and safest basis for both the present and the next brewery generation.
3 Feb. 2014