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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. Heat Adds Fizz to Beer Sales in Karnataka

Beer sales across the State have shot up, thanks to the scorching heat. In the first two weeks of this month, beer consumption crossed one crore litres.

According to the Karnataka State Excise Department data, in March 2016, 2.75 crore litres of beer were sold as against 2.06 crore litres in March 2015 -- that is, this year we consumed at least 69 lakh litres of beer more than the last.

From April 1 to 16, beer consumption has crossed one crore litres, while IML has touched 1.41 crore litres. The trend will continue till May-end. “When monsoon begins, the trend will change,” said an excise department official.

In Karnataka, there are 9,948 licence holders to sell IML and beer including 3,943 retail shops, 3,583 bar and restaurants. In the last two decades, the state government has not given fresh licences to retail shops. “Though it was announced that fresh licences would be given to new outlets, the proposal is pending before the finance department,” an official from the excise department said.

The state government, which generated a revenue of Rs 12,998 crore through IML sale in 2015-16, is expecting Rs 13,770 crore this financial year. And through the beer sale, the state government has generated Rs 1,705 crore last year and is expected to make Rs 2,030 crore in 2016-17.

Shivalingaiah, Secretary General, Karnataka Brewers And Distillers Association, said that the state stands fourth in terms of beer sale. “Beer sale commonly goes up in summer and this time it has gone up further because of the heat. Beer sale is directly proportionate to heat and it is preferred by youngsters. Also people carry beer when they travel in the summer,” he said.

Chandrappa A M, Chief General Manager (brewery division), Mysore Sales International Limited (MSIL), said that every month around 90,000 cartons of beer are sold during normal months through MSIL outlets, while 1.5 lakh cartons are sold in the summer. “This year as the temperature is higher, we are expecting to sell about 1.45 to 1.5 lakh cartons this month alone,” he said.

19 Apr. 2016

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