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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.

Carlsberg turns profitable in India, now the country’s second largest beer company

In less than a decade of its entry, Danish brewer Carlsberg has turned profitable in the Indian beer market, posting its first profit in the October-December quarter on the back of rising demand for its strong beer brands.

"Our Indian business grew 42% in a slightly growing market. The business also delivered a significant earnings improvement, and for the first time turned profitable," Carlsberg CEO Cees't Hart said in an investors call on Thursday. "This was driven by a combination of volume growth and tight cost control," he said.

Unlike most global markets where its top seller is the milder version of the eponymous lager, Carlsberg's Indian unit has been focusing more on strong beer such as Tuborg Strong and Elephant because strong beer accounts for 80% of overall beer volume sales in the country.

The company also claimed that it is now the second largest beer maker in the country.

"Tuborg has higher volume than Carlsberg. Carlsberg generally is higher priced than Tuborg, so in terms of value the difference between Tuborg and Carlsberg is relatively modest," Hart said. "As the positive result of the strong Tuborg growth, we are now the number two player in the country both as a company and for the Tuborg brand."

Until a year ago, United Breweries controlled 51% share in the market, followed by SabMiller at 23% and Carlsberg with 15% share.

Carlsberg, which entered the country in 2006, invested Rs 200 crore in the market two years ago in a bid to ecome a big player in the India's increasingly competitive beer market.

12 Feb. 2016



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