Global hop marketA 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 RussiaGermany 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.
10+1 trends of Russian beer market 2015-2017Despite of the moderately negative prognoses for 2017, the beer market can be stabilized soon. Yet the years of the negative dynamics have resulted in marketing being limited just to “optimization” and the art of balancing between price and volumes. Bigger supermarkets share means stronger trade marketing. These processes are connected to the majority of the described trends. At the same time, the federal brands inflation leads to searching for new tastes, sales channels and contact formats that expand the product range and diversify the beer market, but do not imply a substantial volume increase. Let us enumerate and further discuss the ten trends of the beer market we can see in 2015-2017 as well as the major event of 2017.
Beer market of Ukraine 2017In the first half of 2017, the Ukrainian beer market goes on decreasing slowly. Yet, the companies manage to compensate their lost volumes by raising prices and improving the sales structures. This results in the mid price market segment reduction while the sales of premium brands are rising. These processes are connected to position strengthening of companies Carlsberg Group and Oasis and the market share reduction of Obolon. Most of the novelties by the market leaders belong to craft or hard lemon categories.
Beer market of Russia 2016: PET goes to draftThe beer market of Russia was warmed up by the hot summer, but the preparation for large volume PET prohibition has already impacted it negatively. The year was successful for Efes, MBC and regional producers; Carlsberg’s positions were virtually stable but AB InBev and Heineken lost a part of market share having focused on the sales profitability. The dynamics of big brands was determined by how much the companies were willing to keep the prices down or by their promotional activity. In this context the economy segment of the beer market and sales of inexpensive draft beer were increasing. The premium segment started shrinking due to license brands migrating to the mainstream segment.
India. Going the extra mile to ensure patronage
Coimbatore District has about 303 Tasmac shops, out of which 237 have bars attached. Tasmac outlets till date drew crowd based on cleanliness of the place and varieties of snacks offered there.
Some bars even had installed large screen television sets, which turned out to be a major attraction during the recently concluded T20 World Cup cricket matches, says Deivam, Secretary of the Coimbatore TASMAC Bar Owners Association.
According to Ganesh of Ramanathapuram, who runs two bars, cleanliness of the place, adequate parking space in the vicinity, and quality of side dishes offered often counted for a good and steady patronage. Offering a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian side dishes also helped in to draw customers.
Middle and upper middle class consumers often preferred to buy liquor and take it home or to a private location and consume it. Under such circumstances, the offer of television sets and provision of air-conditioned bar space came in handy to retain the customer patronage, says another bar owner.
But licensees who operate out of rented or leased out premises could not take the risk of spending on air-conditioning as the bar licenses will have to be renewed periodically.
Recently, a Tasmac bar at Kavundampalayam has chosen to offer free Wi-Fi facility for its customers. This has become a trend and more licensees are gearing up to try this out.
Another bar owner says that some of their counterparts even discussed about offering organic and healthy side dishes. But it has not been tried out yet, as they are not sure of the outcome.
6 Apr. 2016