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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.

Nepal shuts down liquor shops in border with India after ban in Bihar

Local Nepali administrations have started shutting down liquor shops in Nepal-India border after booze lovers from Bihar started flocking to the Nepali side and hampered peace and order in the porous border.

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A ban on the sales of alcohol by India’s Bihar state has resulted in flourishing liquor business in bordering Nepali towns.

Assistant chief district officer of Mahottari district, Shambu Prasad Yadav told Hindustan Times that his office has imposed a ban on selling and consuming of alcohol within 500 metres in the Nepali side.

After ban in Bihar, border towns like Biratnagar, Itahari, Bhedetar, Rajbiraj, Mahattari and others are witnessing acute surge of Indian alcohol lovers.

“We have declared restricted area for consuming and selling alcohol as per the local administration law after we face maintaining law and order. Consuming alcohol itself creates challenges in maintaining peace and harmony in international border so that we had decided to put such ban,” said Yadav.

After ban in Bihar, hundreds of new liquor shops were opened in Nepal targeting Indian customers. Some of the shops were even owned by Indians even due to high profit value due to sudden rise of booze lovers from Bihar.

The Indian side had asked Nepal authorities to take stringent against the booze lovers.

Following this, local administrations in Nepal located along the border started dismantling the booze shops and issued several notices to the Indian nationals. Indian customers even started staying the night in Nepal to skip the police action from Nepali side.

The decision to shut down booze shops by all party meeting recently after tipsy Indian customers indulged in quarrels as also engaged in staring and chasing Nepali girls, said Yadav.

Bihar’s State Assembly passed the Bihar Excise (Amendment) Bill, which has provisioned severe punishment for producing, selling and consuming alcohol in the state. The law came into effect from April 1.

2 Sep. 2016

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