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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. Hyderabad High Court refuses to hear plea on water to breweries

A vacation bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Thursday refused to hear a public interest petition filed by TDP MLA A Revanth Reddy, who questioned the wisdom of the state in supplying huge quantities of water to liquor distilleries instead of supplying water to thousands of parched villages in the state.

water"This is a vacation bench meant for hearing urgent cases and public interest petitions are separate subjects which are not with us," the bench of Justice A Rajasheker Reddy and Justice A Shankar Narayana stated.

The TDP MLA filed the PIL saying that 1,512 million litres of water are being allotted to beverage factories and distilleries producing beer and cool drinks. "Authorities have been supplying this water to private companies at a time when as many as 14,818 villages in the state are reeling under drought. In case of Hyderabad, which has a demand for 660 million gallons per day (MGD), the present supply stands at 350 MGD per day and in districts like Karimnagar and Mahbubnagar, the situation is grim as water is being supplied just once a week," he said.

The bench permitted the counsel to move this as an urgent motion when it came up for hearing. However, the registry raised objections on hearing a PIL in vacation court and the bench said that the case will be listed after the vacation.

10 May. 2016

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