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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. More liquor outlets will not be closed: UDF Government

Taking its first big step towards scrapping the UDF Government’s liquor policy, the LDF Government on Wednesday decided not to close down any more liquor outlets on October 2.

The decision in this regard was taken by the Cabinet on Wednesday. As per a decision taken by the UDF Government in 2014, 10 per cent outlets of the Bevco and the Kerala State Co-operatives Consumers’ Federation Ltd (Consumerfed) were to be shut on October 2 every year. The status quo will continue until the new liquor policy is announced.

Earlier in the day, Excise Minister T P Ramakrishnan informed the Assembly that the new liquor policy would be announced soon as the existing policy was ineffective, and besides, drug abuse cases were on the rise.

At present, the state has a total of 306 liquor outlets; 270 run by Bevco and 36 run by Consumerfed.

A total of 78 liquor outlets were closed since the UDF announced its liquor policy.In 2014, the government shut 39 outlets, 34 of the 338 Bevco outlets and five of the 46 Consumerfed shops.

Later, in January 2015, following a court directive concerning liquor outlets on national and state highways, 13 more were shut, including one run by Consumerfed.

On October 2, 2015, 26 more liquor shops downed shutters. Of these, 22 shops were run by Bevco and four by Consumerfed.

29 Sep. 2016

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