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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.

German brewery switches to new filtration system

The Welde brewery in Plankstadt, Germany has switched its entire production process to BASF's Crosspure filtration technology.
The German brewer will use the product to filter about 100,000 hectoliters of beer every year - the first commercial-scale application for the filtration aid anywhere in the world. Various other breweries are currently in the process of trialing Crosspure, added BASF.
Beer contains proteins and polyphenols stemming from malt and hops, which depending on the concentration, can quickly form complexes that make beer cloudy and affect the taste. Clarification and separation are, therefore, very important parts of the production process.
According to BASF, Welde chose the Crosspure method because it generates significantly less waste than the diatomaceous earth system, and consumes much less energy consumption than membrane filtration.
BASF products Divergan and Crosspure bind haze-active polyphenols during beer production, providing long-term stability and clarity without changing the taste. Crosspure, however, is simultaneously used for the removal of yeast and can replace diatomaceous earth.
The product, said BASF, is regenerable and suitable for use in existing filtration plants with only minor adjustments.
Insoluble Crosspure is removed completely from the beer after filtration, regenerated and reused, whereas diatomaceous earth requires disposal after use.
1 Фев. 2011



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