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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.


China. In 2015, Xinjiang Hops Co., Ltd. (part of Carlsberg Group) increased beer production to 325.7 million liters

The beer production increased by 7.19% and reached 325.7 million liters. Company’s beer sales were estimated at 325.1 million liters, that is 6.78% more than in 2014.

According to the results of 2015, the net profit of Xinjiang Hops Co., Ltd. decreased by 66.06% compared to 2014 to 12.8153 million yuan.

In 2015, the operating income was 1.205 billion yuan, that is 6.43% more than last year. At the same time, the operating profit fell by 15.31% to 91.7287 million yuan.

Carlsberg Breweries Co., Ltd. is a main shareholder of Xinjiang Hops Co., Ltd., which operates through its subsidiaries: Xinjiang Wusu Breweries Co., Ltd., Xinjiang Lohas Fruits-Vegetables Beverage Co., Ltd., Xinjiang Hops Real Estate Development Co., Ltd. Carlsberg holds 65% of Xinjiang Wusu Breweries shares.

20 Apr. 2016



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