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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.

India. Illegal ‘Home Delivery’ of alcohol booming

At a time when the bars are closed, it's an advantage for all those who prefer to get liquor delivered at their doorsteps. They can avoid standing for hours in the serpentine queues in front of Kerala State Beverages Corporation's outlets as the illegal home delivery of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) is booming in the city, and those running this business are making a killing.

What is a blessing for these enterprising bootleggers is that the bars are closed and there is less availability of liquor with the shutting down of Bevco outlets as per government policy. And what is more, the illegal liquor which is home-delivered costs even up to three times the one sold by the liquor outlets. The business gets brisker on every first day of the month and during holidays when the Beverages Corporation's outlets remain closed.

City Police have intensified efforts to pick up the bootleggers and arrested a person the other day. Excise Assistant Commissioner A S Renjith agreed that the illegal sales goes up during the dry days. “The Excise Department is also taking action against the illegal sales,” he said.

On February 1, the Shadow Police arrested a person who is involved in illegal liquor sales. Stephen Raj, 45, of Thiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, a room boy at a tourist home in Woodlands Junction, was the man arrested. According to police officers, college students in the city were his customers. He directed those who contacted him over phone to reach Woodlands Junction and handed over the liquor there. He used to sell the liquor at three times the real price. Three bottles were recovered by the officers from him. The accused has been booked under Section 15 (1) of Abkari Act.

Anyone who sells or stores liquor or any other intoxicating drug for sales faces imprisonment of up to ten years and fine which shall not be less than Rs 1 lakh, under Section 15 and 55 (I) of Abkari Act.

Brisk sales

Bootleggers are booked under Section 15 (1) of Abkari Act

Many take up this job in order to make good money

Public can inform the police about the illegal liquor sales on mobile number 9497980430

The business operates through middlemen

Business becomes brisk on dry days

A bottle of 375 ml costs double its original price

On February 1, the Shadow Police arrested a person who is involved in illegal liquor sales.

He is Stephen Raj, 45, of Thiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, a room boy at a tourist home in Woodlands Junction

College students were his customers

3 Feb. 2016

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