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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 Haffmans launches CO2-Selector

Pentair Haffmans, a leading provider of quality control equipment and carbon dioxide (CO2) systems for the brewing, soft drink, wine, bioethanol, and biogas industries, has launched an advanced solution for non-invasive CO2 measurement in the filled package: the Haffmans CO2-Selector.

In the production of beer, carbonated soft drinks and wine, the CO2 content is a key quality parameter and decisive to the product’s taste. Therefore, manufacturers continuously measure and control the CO2 content during production.
Haffmans CO2-Selector provides major advantages over conventional CO2 measurement technologies as piercing is not required to perform the measurement. The bottle is not destructed and no product is lost. The instrument measures the headspace CO2 content and internal pressure, and accurately determines the dissolved CO2 content in the package. The procedure is simple and repeatable, which allows for an unlimited number of tests to be conducted on the same package.
How this works
Haffmans CO2-Selector uses an innovative high-precision laser technology. The instrument’s laser transmitter sends a beam through the headspace of the package to a receiver. At a particular frequency, the CO2 molecules in the headspace absorb the infrared light of the laser. Based on the width of the absorption lines and the intensity, the total pressure and the CO2 concentration in the package is determined. Other gases present in the headspace – such as oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2) or hydrogen (H2) – do not have an impact on the measurement results. In addition, the measurement is independent of the color or material of the bottle.
For more information on Pentair Haffmans’ quality control equipment range, visit www.haffmans.nl.

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About Pentair Ltd.
Pentair Ltd. (www.pentair.com) delivers industry-leading products, services and solutions for its customers’ diverse needs in water and other fluids, thermal management and equipment protection. With 2013 revenues of $7.5 billion, Pentair employs more than 30,000 people worldwide.

About Pentair Haffmans
Pentair Haffmans (www.haffmans.nl), headquartered in Venlo, Netherlands, develops and supplies quality control equipment, microfilters and carbon dioxide systems for the brewing, soft drink, wine, bioethanol, and biogas industries. Pentair Haffmans is a multinational company with a strong focus on innovation and customer satisfaction, and a presence in more than 150 countries worldwide.

Pentair Contact:
Sjoerd van der Sterren
Head of Marketing & Business Intelligence Food & Beverage Process Solutions
Pentair Filtration & Process
Direct: +31 77 323 23 35
Email: [email protected]

22 Jul. 2014

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