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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. Beer and liquor samples in Mizoram found to be safe

All the liquor samples taken from wine shops across Mizoram were found to be safe for human consumption, the state’s Food and Drugs Administration has said.

The samples of less expensive liquor were sent to the Assam Public Health Laboratory in Guwahati and the results of the tests were received here recently, said Lalsawma, the Joint Director of the State Food and Drugs Administration.

He said that the samples were of Bagpiper Whisky, Contessa Rum, Jolly Rogers Rum, Gold Club Rum, ZoRum, McDowell’s Rum, and two brands of beer made in Myanmar – Dagon and Diablo.

The laboratory did not find any substance in the liquor that was harmful and found all the liquor brands safe for human consumption, he said, adding that Myanmar-made beer samples were sent to the laboratory as they were found available in the state.

He said that the results of the laboratory tests did not mean that other tests would not be conducted in the future as all the food items have to be tested for safety from time to time.

The state health department’s Food and Drugs Administration wing sent the liquor samples for tests as there were doubts about the quality and safety of the cheaper liquor being sold in the wine shops.

The samples were sent after instructions were given by state health minister Lal Thanzara.

11 Mar. 2016



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