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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.

US. Illinois state senator meeting with Anheuser-Busch over craft brewery bill

The sponsor of legislation to protect the interest of the little guys in the craft brewing world is sitting down with the "big guys" this afternoon.
Illinois state Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, said he will meet with representatives of Anheuser-Busch and proponents of small brewers to discuss the "nuances" of a bill he is sponsoring in the state Senate.
Trotter made the comment minutes after a committee meeting in which he asked the Senate to hold action on a bill to ensure small brewers in Illinois can get their beers in the hands and homes of consumers without violating the state’s liquor laws. The legislation was crafted in response to a federal judge's ruling against the Illinois Liquor Commission in a suit brought by Anheuser-Busch.
"When two giants fight, it's just the grass that gets trampled," Trotter said. "And I'm trying to prevent the grass getting trampled."

10 Фев. 2011

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