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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.

GEA at the BrauBeviale 2015: Innovative technologies and system solutions for the beverage industry

At this year's BrauBeviale (10 - 12 November), GEA again presents innovative technologies and system solutions for outstanding beers and other beverages: MILLSTAR™, ECO-FERM™, IceCon® and a separator skid line for Craft Brewers. The BrauBeviale views itself as the main capital goods exhibition for the whole process chain of beverage production. Therefore, it provides an ideal platform for GEA, one of the largest system providers for the beverage industry, to present the comprehensive portfolio in this field of application.

Optimizing brewing technology starts right at the beginning of the process. The GEA MILLSTAR™ system combines the advantages of both dry and wet milling in a single system. This ensures the highest quality of mash and wort for a brewing line from the start, with maximum economic efficiency.

GEA's ECO-FERM™ system for jet mixing in fermentation tanks has been specially developed to improve fermentation performance and homogeneity by supporting the natural upward flow process in a vertical fermenter, especially in slim fermenters. The innovative system enables significant time-savings during fermentation – with no compromise on beer quality.

Especially for the growing craft beer market, GEA presents a separator skid, which is available in 4 sizes, for even more efficient beer clarification. The craft brewer produces 5 to 10 % more beer per batch using the same amount of raw material and water – without additional operational costs. Another advantage is the reduced clarification and maturation time of the beer, which, among other things, enables a significant reduction of the production time. The compact and ready-for-use plug & brew skids are suitable for any brewery and delivered pre-piped and completely assembled.

A further highlight is the new generation of Freeze Concentrators. GEA IceCon® reduces capital costs by around 50 % and operational costs of the freeze concentration process up to 40 %. This reduction creates new opportunities making this high-quality process more widely accessible to beer, cider and wine producers across the globe.

In addition to these innovations, visitors will find many other products and sophisticated technological solutions of GEA's comprehensive portfolio for the beverage industry. GEA`s engineering experts and sales managers will be available to give competent advice in hall 7 at booth #602.

14 Sep. 2015

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