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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. Irate residents want more Tasmac shops in city closed

Since the closure of 14 Tasmac shops in Trichy, protests have been mounting demanding the closure of some more shops in the city, citing inconvenience to the people. On Monday, anti-liquor protestors demanded the closure of shops in Gandhi market in the city and Manapparai on its outskirts.

A Tasmac shop opposite the Vazhakkai Mandi wholesale banana market in the congested Gandhi market area became a matter of serious concern for the local people.
A group of women led by Trichy district load men association affiliated to the CITU urged the collector to remove the shop to prevent employees in the central market from spending all their income on liquor and putting their health at risk.
"The poor employees are lured to spend their entire income earned by loading and unloading things in the market on liquor, leaving their family in distress. Unruly behaviour of the tipplers led to several crimes in the area," said the district secretary of the association G K Ramar.
Alleging that the sale of liquor was beyond the permitted working hours of 12 pm to 10 pm, women said the liquor shop ruined the future of students in a nearby corporation school. "We learnt that some of the students were consuming liquor in the shop and attending classes," said T Vijayarani.
They submitted their petition to collector K S Palanisamy.
Rural Trichy also witnessed such a protest by around 200 people from Kavalkaranpatti village near Mannapparai on Monday. Their allegation was that the shop was the reason for several fatal accidents in the area involving drunken persons.
As announced earlier, the people gathered in front of the shop that was guarded by the police led by Manapparai deputy superintendent of police Geetha.
In fact, the shop was relocated from Pannankombu near Manapparai to Kavalkaranpatti following a series of protests from people to shift the shop from near a government school. Since then, the people in this area were against the relocation.
Following the decision of the government to close 500 Tasmac outlets, the residents again raked up the issue stating that the shop attracted more school students.
Revenue officials and the police held talks with them and promised to bring the matter to the notice of the collector.

28 Jun. 2016

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