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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.

Experience in sales and in the industry

Ralph Gehlhar joins the Management Board of ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA

Ralph-GehlharZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA, specialist for brewery plants, food processing tanks and process technology, strengthens its Management Board: as of February 1, 2016 Mr. Ralph Gehlhar will be the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for Sales and Marketing. The graduate mechanical and process technology engineer has gained decades of experience in international sales in the food and beverage industry – a target sector for ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA.

Ludwigsburg, February 04, 2016 - Most recently, Ralph Gehlhar served as Vice President of a US manufacturer of products and solutions for filtration, separation and purification in Switzerland. Previously, the 49-year old Ralph Gehlhar held several sales positions in various countries, among others as a Sales Manager in the UK and as a Regional Director for Latin America in Brazil. „With his extensive international experience, Mr. Gehlhar is a valuable asset to our Management Board”, says the management of ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA, consisting of Ko Brink, CEO, Klaus Gehrig, CEO and COO as well as Arend Muggen, CFO.

The company, located in Ludwigsburg / Baden-Württemberg, relies not only on Gehlhar’s experience in sales and marketing but also on his profound knowledge of the food and beverage industry. Due to his previous positions, the new CCO is already very familiar with the brewing industry and the existing and potential customers of ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA. „My aim is always to be a competent partner, who knows the needs and requirements of the customers and who offers them efficient and tailor-made solutions”, explains Ralph Gehlhar. As part of the globally operating group of companies CIMC Enric Tank and Process B.V. (CETP), ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA has a broad range of products and services as well as renowned customers worldwide.

4 Feb. 2016

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