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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. Residents of village in Tamil Nadu demand closure of TASMAC retail outlet

Over thirty women from Kozhiporvilai village in Kalkulam taluk thronged the Collectoate here on Monday and submitted a petition urging the government to close down TASMAC shop No. 4852 located at a junction in their village.

The women said that they were unable to go out due to the nuisance created by drunkards in the vicinity of the shop. They also said the shop was functioning near an educational institution and places of worship.

The residents, who were led by Fr. S. Babians, Parish Priest of St. Michael’s Church in Kozhiporvilai, recalled their earlier petitions submitted to the Collector.

They had staged demonstrations in front of the TASMAC shop on May 6, 2013, May 17, 2013, October 7, 2014, August 8, 2015 and December 9, 2015.

The women lamented that their repeated petitions to the district administration and series of agitations did not evoke any response.

Earlier on August 1, the women had laid siege to the Collectorate urging the same demand; however they were pacified by an official from the Excise department. He had assured them that the shop would be closed before the end of August, but there was no sign of this happening, the women said.

Similarly, over hundred residents of Attur thronged the Collectorate demanding closure of TASMAC shops in Attur junction. They were led by Theoder Sam, founder president of the All India Christian Development Sena.

23 Aug. 2016

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