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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 Brewery in Myanmar Drops “Tu Po” Label amid Copyright Dispute

Carlsberg Brewery Company has decided to ditch its Burmese “Tu Po” beer label on its Tuborg beer, after the family of a local song composer threatened the Danish brewing company with a lawsuit, the Irrawaddy newspaper reports Friday.

The relatives of the song’s composer Sayar Myoma Nyein, from Mandalay, said Carlsberg did not request their permission to use the famous song title, played during the annual Thingyan, Myanmar’s largest cultural festival held every April to usher in the New Year. “In light of the claims of the relatives of the late Sayar Myoma Nyein and the general debate around the use of ‘Tu Po’ in the marketing of Tuborg Beer, we will discontinue the use of this spelling,” Carlsberg announced in a statement, according to the Myanmar Times.

Nevertheless Myoma Nyein’s family said they may still press charges against Carlsberg amid ongoing negotiations with the brewery since January.

“The legal action is not to receive compensation. We just want the world to know that Carlsberg, a global company, is taking advantage of the weak rule of law in our country, disrespecting our copyrights and acting very unprofessionally,” said Zaw Myo Oo, the grandson of the late composer.

The Danish beer conglomerate set up its first factory on Myanmar soil less than one year ago, in May 2015, after signing a partnership deal with Myanmar Golden Star Breweries in two years earlier.

Tuborg is one of three brands launched in Myanmar, alongside the new brand Yoma, made with fermented rice from the southern central Bago region.

11 Mar. 2016

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