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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.

USA. ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA acquires another renowned craft brewer as a new customer

One Lotus and a dozen of tanks

With the Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Company, ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA has acquired another renowned US craft brewer as a new customer. The brewery from San Diego, California ordered, within the scope of a capacity expansion, one “Lotus” lauter tun with a diameter of 7.6 meters.

A further part of the project are 12 cylindro-conical tanks with a height of 15 meters, 5 meters in diameter and a fermentation capacity of around 2,000 hl. According to Ballast Point, ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA’s innovative technology, the quality of the products as well as the great flexibility in the project management were decisive factors for placing the order with ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA.

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Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Company ordered from ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA a “Lotus” lauter tun, with a diameter of 7.6 meters as well as 12 cylindro-conical tanks, each with a fermentation capacity of around 2,000 hectoliters.

Ludwigsburg, February 18, 2016 - Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Company was founded in 1996. With more than 40 beer styles, the company is today one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the USA. Compared to the year 2014/2015, the annual output increased again by 100 percent. Other pillars of the company, with around 500 employees, are distilled spirits as well as the trade with equipment and raw materials for home brewers. An interesting detail: on November 15, 2015 Constellation Brands Inc. announced the acquisition of Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Company for one billion US dollars. In 2013, the same company already acquired the Compañía Cervecera de Coahuila, Mexico, in whose current expansion phase from 10 to 25 million hectoliters per year, ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA also plays a central role.


ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA provides innovative and tailor-made solutions for craft breweries as well as for large-scale breweries – from the malt intake to the bright beer tank cellar. The product range in the area of the wort treatment extends from the malt intake, via grist mills, mash vessels, lauter tuns, mash filters, wort kettles and whirlpools up to wort cooling systems. In the area of the cold block ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA offers fermentation and storage tanks, bright beer tanks, yeast tanks and all required CIP tanks. ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA plans, engineers and automates the process and the cleaning technology in all production areas, including the installation of process pipework and the integration of all required utilities. For modernizations, capacity expansions as well as for completely new brewery plants – ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA provides innovative solutions and is a valued expert.
Last but not least, ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA is a competent and reliable partner for craft breweries and large-scale breweries in the field of research and development. ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA supports its customers, for example, in developing individual beer recipes.

24 Feb. 2016



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