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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.

Budweiser India assigns PR mandate to GolinOpinion

The mandate is to build a strategic communication framework in India by establishing the brand’s core values that define it globally.

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Budweiser, the global beer brand from Anheuser-Busch InBev, has appointed GolinOpinion to handle its India PR mandate. GolinOpinion is the PR division of the MullenLowe Lintas Group and is a joint venture with Golin. It is India’s premier communications consultancy servicing clients across segments such as consumer, travel and hospitality, financial services, infrastructure and real estate, media and entertainment and more.

The mandate for GolinOpinion is to build a strategic communication framework for Budweiser in India by establishing the brand’s core values that define it globally. GolinOpinion will also be responsible for leveraging Budweiser’s brand positioning as the leader in creating authentic experiences for their consumers; whether being through shaping music culture in the country or by simply elevating their beer experience on-site. This will be done with an integrated approach using GolinOpinion’s brand relevance process across both on and offline platforms.

kartikeya-sharmaKartikeya Sharma, Marketing Director, AB InBev, India & South East Asia, said, “We are glad to associate with GolinOpinion as our PR partner. Their strong portfolio of brands, experience in this vertical and thorough understanding of our brand and our market requirements gave us the confidence to award them this mandate. Budweiser is recognised as the leading beer brand in the world and is known for elevating the consumer’s experience that goes beyond just the product. GolinOpinion came to us with a PR strategy that showed depth of strategic thought and creativity that was completely in sync with our goals for the brand in India.”
ameer-ismailAmeer Ismail, Executive Director, GolinOpinion & dCell, MullenLowe Lintas Group said, “Budweiser is one of the most iconic beer brands in the world and we are delighted to partner with them. The management team has a very clear vision for the brand in India and we presented them with a distinctive PR approach, which will support help the brand consolidate leadership in the category.”

In India, GolinOpinion works using a g4 model, which is one of the most innovative steps in the PR and communications industry today. This model has four integrated communities of experts that deliver the deepest insights, boldest ideas, broadest consumer engagement and real-time relevance for clients instead of the traditional PR servicing managers who are more generalist in their approach. Additionally, The Bridge is a service offering from GolinOpinion that helps brands incorporate real time insights into their communication mix and create 24×7 meaningful engagement with their stakeholders.

30 Sep. 2016

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