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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.

ZIEMANN at the Craft Brewers Conference 2015

Fair exhibits focused on mash filter and tank technology

The Craft Brewers Conference will take place in Portland, Oregon between April 14 and April 17, 2015. At the parallel trade fair BrewExpo America, ZIEMANN International GmbH from Ludwigsburg will be presenting products and services, which are particularly interesting for craft brewers. At the ZIEMANN stand 143, the focus will be on tank and mash filter technology.

With the membrane mash filter BUTTERFLY, ZIEMANN provides craft brewers with a lautering technology that is particularly suitable for their framework conditions. The mash filter with its blind plates is able to process very small batches. Moreover, the lautering of alternative cereals or starch sources is easily possible, allowing the brew master the flexibility he needs to be inventive, as well as to brew beers with a higher original gravity.

A significant distinctive feature of the ZIEMANN membrane mash filter is that the sparging of the spent grains cake can be performed from both sides. As a result, the mash filter cloths must be cleaned less frequently. Another special feature is that the mash filter consists of both membrane plates and chamber plates. This increases the service reliability, results in lower maintenance costs and has positive effects on the investment costs.

The combination of an automatic plate transport and an automatic cloth cleaning system enables the brewery to produce a high number of brews. These automatic devices are either already installed upon delivery or will be modular retrofitted.

In the field of the tank technology, ZIEMANN will be presenting its newly designed dome top area: the dome top and the connected dome ring consist of a 12 mm thick, weather-resistant plastic material. Due to this material, the dome top is extremely robust and very user-friendly with a weight of just 15 kilograms. Moreover, the dome is characterized by a high degree of flexibility: it is, for example, suitable for each height of the fittings, it is available with diameters of 1.000 mm or 1.200 mm and it can be installed with or without insulation.

In connection with the dome top, ZIEMANN will be presenting a catwalk support system that is no longer running through the tank insulation, as well as a catwalk made of stainless steel. This catwalk convinces with regard to occupational safety and its price-performance ratio.

Last but not least, ZIEMANN will demonstrate at the BrewExpo America that all solutions are developed by brewers for brewers, independently of the size of the brewery. For the creative craft brewery this means: ZIEMANN provides an energy- and yield-optimized plant with the same sophisticated technology and tried and tested innovative solutions, as used in large breweries. This plant allows the brewery to respond more effectively to the raw materials and to create individual boiling processes.

For further information, please contact:

ZIEMANN International GmbH
Schwieberdinger Strasse 86
71636 Ludwigsburg
Lucas Goebel
Phone: +49 7141 408 377
E-Mail: [email protected]


ZIEMANN provides innovative and tailor-made solutions for craft breweries as well as for large-scale breweries – from the malt intake to the bright beer tank cellar. The product range in the area of the wort treatment extends from the malt intake, via grist mills, mash vessels, lauter tuns, mash filters, wort kettles and whirlpools up to wort cooling systems. In the area of the cold block ZIEMANN offers fermentation and storage tanks, bright beer tanks, yeast tanks and all required CIP tanks. ZIEMANN plans, engineers and automates the process and the cleaning technology in all production areas, including the installation of process pipework and the integration of all required utilities. For modernizations, capacity expansions as well as for completely new brewery plants – ZIEMANN provides innovative solutions and is a valued expert.
Last but not least, ZIEMANN is a competent and reliable partner for craft breweries and large-scale breweries in the field of research and development. ZIEMANN supports its customers, for example, in developing individual beer recipes.

During the BrewExpo America ZIEMANN will be presenting its newly designed dome top made of weather-resistant plastic material. Due to this material, the dome top is extremely robust and very user-friendly.

3 Mar. 2015



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