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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 will be presenting a new milling system „One for all“

At the 35th EBC Congress in Porto, Tobias Becher from ZIEMANN International GmbH, Ludwigsburg, will be presenting a newly developed milling system. The technical lecture will be held by Tobias Becher on May 27, 2015 at 09:30 a.m. in session 2.

Starting point of the newly developed system is the fact that all milling systems that are currently used, have characteristic disadvantages. Wet crushing mills, for example, wear out faster, dry roller mills have a lower specific performance and the use of hammer mills results in higher energy costs. In addition, the respective milling system must be adjusted to the lauter technology. Hammer mills are for example suitable for a mash filter but not for a lauter tun. Last but not least, all milling systems are only ideal for the processing of a limited variety of raw materials.

The new milling system of ZIEMANN breaks the boundaries regarding lauter technology and use of raw materials. At the same time, the milling system “One for all” is absolutely competitive under the aspects of quality, performance, wear and energy costs. This will be shown by Tobias Becher by means of the practical results in a pilot plant.

9 Apr. 2015

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