Global hop marketA 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 RussiaGermany 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.
10+1 trends of Russian beer market 2015-2017Despite of the moderately negative prognoses for 2017, the beer market can be stabilized soon. Yet the years of the negative dynamics have resulted in marketing being limited just to “optimization” and the art of balancing between price and volumes. Bigger supermarkets share means stronger trade marketing. These processes are connected to the majority of the described trends. At the same time, the federal brands inflation leads to searching for new tastes, sales channels and contact formats that expand the product range and diversify the beer market, but do not imply a substantial volume increase. Let us enumerate and further discuss the ten trends of the beer market we can see in 2015-2017 as well as the major event of 2017.
Beer market of Ukraine 2017In the first half of 2017, the Ukrainian beer market goes on decreasing slowly. Yet, the companies manage to compensate their lost volumes by raising prices and improving the sales structures. This results in the mid price market segment reduction while the sales of premium brands are rising. These processes are connected to position strengthening of companies Carlsberg Group and Oasis and the market share reduction of Obolon. Most of the novelties by the market leaders belong to craft or hard lemon categories.
Beer market of Russia 2016: PET goes to draftThe beer market of Russia was warmed up by the hot summer, but the preparation for large volume PET prohibition has already impacted it negatively. The year was successful for Efes, MBC and regional producers; Carlsberg’s positions were virtually stable but AB InBev and Heineken lost a part of market share having focused on the sales profitability. The dynamics of big brands was determined by how much the companies were willing to keep the prices down or by their promotional activity. In this context the economy segment of the beer market and sales of inexpensive draft beer were increasing. The premium segment started shrinking due to license brands migrating to the mainstream segment.
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- Craft Beer Corner showing a diversity of craft beers
- Enjoyment and passion the focal point
Enjoyment all the way – neutral and without selling pressure
What makes the Craft Beer Corner so special? Enjoying the diversity of the beers, totally free of any official assessment and sales pressure, and the open discussion with beer enthusiasts, brewing artists and all those who appreciate a good craft beer. That, according to Artmann, is the difference to the many Craft Beer Festivals up and down the country. The fact that the beers in the Craft Beer Corner are only presented by neutral beer sommeliers and not by breweries, is also appreciated by David Hertl, who at the age of 26, is one of the youngest beer sommeliers in Germany and an aspiring wine sommelier. This year, Hertl will be tasting particularly high hop-content beers and is already looking forward to perhaps once again getting to know new flavours as well. “Last year, I discovered an Italian Pale Ale with black truffle, which I was so impressed with that I had to brew it myself”, says Hertl recalling the occasion, the trained malt master and master brewer who lives in the Franconian key field, between Nuremberg and Würzburg.
Hand-labelled marshmallow stout and pumpkin beer
Each year, in his brewing facility, he produces 44 varieties, in each case only 300 stoneware bottles, which are hand-labelled by his mother Vroni. From the wheat double bock to Black India Pale Ale (IPA), from marshmallow stout to pumpkin beer. This year, he is looking ahead to the Craft Beer Corner with particular excitement. For the first time, he has namely submitted a beer himself, which will be tasted at the specialties theme bar. Not by himself, of course. “This is an ancient German beer style, a “Sauerbier” (sour beer) with salt and coriander, the so-called “Gose”, which was brewed in the early Middle Ages. I have added cucumber to the original recipe and I'm already very eager to see how it is received by the guests in the Craft Beer Corner”, said the amiable young brewer. In order to brew this craft beer and not infringe the German Purity Law, he travelled especially to Prague and then re-imported the beer back into Germany.
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Origins of the craft beer movement
Creative beer culture is not only setting the trend in Germany, but also worldwide. Creative beer culture started in the USA in the 1980s. According to a study conducted by US bio-chemical company Alltech, there are currently already 10,000 craft breweries throughout the world. Germany is currently in the top 10 countries, in eighth place, behind the USA, Great Britain, France, Italy, Russia, Canada and Switzerland. An increasing number of consumers in Germany are looking for more diverse beer-flavour experiences, with a preference for beers brewed by regional producers using natural ingredients. A survey conducted by the global market research institute Mintel revealed that in 2012 only one percent of beers in Germany was accounted for by the craft beer sector, in 2016 the figure has already risen to 20 percent, in other words one in every five new beers in Germany. Tendency rising.
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Craft Beer Cornermeeting point
The Craft Beer Corner at BrauBeviale in Hall 9 is a popular meeting place for restaurateurs/caterers, retailers, brewers, beer sommeliers and all those who are interested in craft beer with special flavours. Each day, from 10:30, under the instructions of trained beer sommeliers, for example the current German champion Markus Seiler, visitors can taste over 250 different beers from 20 countries at six theme bars. Participation in the tasting sessions is included in the admission charge for BrauBeviale. Also featured here are among others exotic brews such as “will decide later”, Smoky Melon, Killer Cucumber Ale, Mala Vida, Schokobär, Gipfelglück, Franconian Black or – for those that like it a little more classic – Weiherer Weizenbräu, Beurer Urtrunk or Bavarian Craft Bock. Premium spirits such as gins, whiskeys, vodkas, rum or brandies, mainly from smaller producers, will also be available for tasting. A new feature is the craft sessions held in a lecture room in the Craft Beer Corner. Themes include among others Food-Pairing – which beer is suited for which food? - as well as off-flavours in beer. Further information available at www.braubeviale.de
26 Oct. 2016