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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. Close Tasmac outlet: villagers

Residents of Alagarmalai village in Ullatti Panchayat located on the Masinagudi Ghat Road in The Nilgiris picketed a Tasmac outlet on the road seeking its closure. B. Nanjappan of the village said that the outlet is located around 50 m away from a government primary school.

“The shop is located between Alagarmalai and Thalaikundha.

On many occasions vehicles of tourists have met with accident as they were driven after consuming alcohol. Drunkards pick up a quarrel with villagers, and behave indecently with women and children", he said.

The villagers have petitioned the Collector many times with the demand. Villagers staged a demonstration on Tuesday as the Chief Minister’s announcement for closing 500 Tasmac outlets in the first phase has given them hope that the shop in their locality too would be closed.

They wanted the shop to be included in the list.

The District Collector,asked them to give him a week’s time.

1 Jun. 2016

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