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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. Communists ready for a debate on liquor ban with Catholics in Kerala

CPI State secretary Kanam Rajendran has said he is ready for a debate with the Kerala Catholic Bishops Conference (KCBC) on liquor ban.

In a statement here on Wednesday, Mr. Joseph said the KCBC’s attempt was to make it appear that the CPI Party Congress had adopted a resolution, which it had not done. The Tamil Nadu unit of the party had submitted a resolution seeking liquor ban at the Party Congress. This was done in the context of the withdrawal of liquor ban in Tamil Nadu. However, the Party Congress had rejected the resolution. The party had also taken action against the persons responsible for publication of the resolution which had not been adopted by the Party Congress. The party had published a compilation of the resolutions adopted by the Party Congress. It does not contain the resolution mentioned by the KCBC, he said. Mr. Rajendran said the CPI had fully endorsed the recommendations of the Udayabhanu Committee. The party firmly believed that abstinence and not liquor ban would be more practicable.

25 Feb. 2016



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