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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.

Uganda. Brand-building driving competition in beer sector

The increasing competition for market share in the local brewing industry has forced players to repackage their brands in a bid to appeal to a wider market.
Uganda Breweries Limited, an affiliate of the East African Breweries yesterday launched a new look of its Bell Lager brand in a long neck bottle, a move it says reinforces the premium quality that the brand has been associated with.
Speaking to journalists, Ms Marion Adengo Muyobo, EABL head of marketing said UBL found it inevitable to refurbish the packaging to match the ever changing consumer preferences, lifestyles and trends.
Last year, EABL launched a similar long neck bottle for its Pilsner Lager brand.
Nile Breweries was the first brewer to repackage its brands in the long-neck bottle.
Nile Breweries, a subsidiary of South African Breweries (SABMiller) dragged UBL to court in 2009 for allegedly using the long neck bottle, which it claimed to have legally protected by registering it as its trade mark.
The Court issued a temporary injunction, restraining UBL from selling its products in the bottle on December 17.
However, when UBL on December 22, applied for the interim order to be set aside, the High Court lifted the injunction on December 22.
Nile Breweries (NBL), according to a survey by Kestrel Capital, a Kenyan investment bank which polled beer consumers in the East African region in May 2010, dominates the Ugandan market with a 55 per cent market share with UBL coming second.
EABL, however, is the market leader in Kenya with over 70 per cent market share.
EABL also acquired a 51 per cent stake in Tanzania’s largest brewing company - Serengeti Breweries in October last year at an approximated cost of $60.4 million, a move that is expected to boost its competitive edge in the East African region.
Uganda’s alcohol consumption per capita is 6 litres, meaning that the market has momentum for volume growth in beer.
Ms Mayobo, however, identified poor road infrastructure and higher operating costs due to rising fuel and raw material prices as challenges facing the industry.

11 Фев. 2011

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