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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.

In April 2016, the beer production decline in China sped up

From January till April 2016, the beer production in China was cut by 6.3% to 134.28 mln hl as NBSC informs.

And in April, there was a 8.6% downslide to 35.78 mln hl.

As we can see the decline started in 2014 is currently aggravating.

The main long-standing reasons for the negative dynamics of the beer market are 1) the consumption decrease among the employees in the industries that underwent structural changes of the economy, 2) population ageing, 3) the share growth of low alcohol cocktails and liquors in the structure of alcohol consumption, and 3) the beer market premiumization linked to the sales slump of low quality cheap beer.


15 Jun. 2016



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