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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.

Indonesia’s capital Jakarta to allow small stores to sell beer again

Indonesia's capital Jakarta is bringing beer back to its mini-marts, the city's governor said on Tuesday (May 24), more than a year after sales of the alcoholic drink were banned in small retailers in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

"The point is (drinks with alcohol content) below 5 per cent will be allowed, and beer is included," Jakarta Governor Basuki Purnama Tjahja told reporters, adding that unlicensed vendors would be penalised.

But the ban, which was last year issued by the Trade Ministry, remains in place across the rest of the country. "The prohibition of sales of alcoholic beverages in retailers the size of mini-marts and below, is still in place," Trade Minister Tom Lembong told Reuters by text message.

According to media reports at the time, the ministry implemented the ban to crack down on underage drinking. Larger retailers can still sell beer, as well as spirits and wine.

Provincial and city governments in Indonesia are allowed to regulate the sales and distribution of alcohol independently of central government rules.

Major brewers have raised concerns over the national ban, saying the regulation could hurt profits and expansion plans in South-east Asia's biggest economy.

PT Multi Bintang Indonesia, majority-owned by Heineken, had said last year that a planned 40 million euro investment hinged on regulatory certainty. The east Javanese city of Surabaya this month proposed a ban on alcohol, but it remained unclear if this would apply to hotels and bars in the country's second-largest city.

The predominantly Christian province of Papua last month banned alcohol, blaming its consumption for a rise in crime, according to the local media.

25 May. 2016

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