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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.

Civil servants among biggest drinkers in Vietnam: survey

Civil servants and young people are the biggest drinkers in Vietnam, according to a recent survey by the Institute of Sociology in Hanoi.

The institute on Wednesday released the results of the survey, conducted in Hanoi and Lao Cai Province in the north, Da Nang City in the central region and Long An Province in the south between March and May, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

Dang Nguyen Anh, a researcher, said 38 percent of the surveyed civil servants, 38 percent of blue-collar workers and 26 percent of young people said they usually drank beer and liquor.
The three groups, not businesspeople and farmers, are the most frequent drinkers in Vietnam, he said.

Up to 67 percent said beer and liquor are good for their health, according to the survey. The prices of beer and liquor are also cheap and they are easy to buy in Vietnam, the survey said.

The survey may help explain why beer consumption in Vietnam is growing. According to official figures, Vietnam’s beer production volume is expected to reach 7 million by 2025, more than doubling the number in 2011.

Around 13 percent of the new survey's respondents said they usually drive after drinking, and more than 35 percent said they occasionally drive after drinking.

Currently, drunk driving is the third biggest reason for road crashes, after wrong lane driving and speeding.

21 Dec. 2015

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