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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. UBL land issue: Chief Minister clarifies

Refuting the allegations that his government had given 20 acres of land to United Breweries Limited (UBL) at a throwaway price in Palakkad district, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that the UDF government was only being made a scapegoat.

The land was allotted to the company by the Palakkad Collector in 2013 after it went through a long process dating back to 1971. ‘’The government is now being made a scapegoat in the issue and it is regrettable,’’ he said. All the allegations against the UDF government are not factually correct, he added.

The process of allotting land to Premier Breweries Ltd at Kanjikode started in 1971 when the then Industries Minister N E Balaram, through a telex message, directed the then Palakkad collector to allot land. The Collector had then given 20 acres of land on lease. In 1985, Palakkad Tahalsidar issued a temporary title-deed for the land, Chandy said.

The company, in 1995, merged with United Breweries Limited (UBL). As per the demand of the company, the Collector had taken steps to transfer the land to UBL in 2002. The Collector, in 2003, informed the Revenue Department that the land can be transferred to the company at a cost of Rs 20,000 a cent. And in 2005, the government decided to allot the land. But the company moved the High court against the order stating that the amount was higher. Later, they paid Rs 14.04 crore towards the cost of the land and withdrew the petition. Subsequently, the Palakkad Collector directed the Tahasildar to allot the land to the company.

25 Apr. 2016



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