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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. Caradonnas seek O’Fallon Brewery partners

O’Fallon Brewery is looking for investors to buy a stake in the business.
The craft brewer, which produces 6,358 barrels of beer from two plants, is in need of a cash infusion, said Fran Caradonna, who founded the business 11 years ago with her husband, Tony.
“We’ve been hauling along the losses from 2007 to 2008,” she said. “We do have to get this problem solved quickly, or it’s going to slow down our growth.”
O’Fallon, which has a staff of seven, produces draft beer at its O’Fallon, Mo., facility. It contracts with The Stevens Point Brewery in Wisconsin to make its bottled beers.
The fast-growing craft brewing industry had sales of nearly $7 billion, or 6.9 percent of the U.S. dollar volume in 2009, according to the Brewers Association, a craft beer organization in Boulder, Colo.
Bill Reichhardt, vice president of operations for distributor Missouri Beverage Co. Inc., said O’Fallon’s beers have been among the fastest growing in sales of the 40 craft beers that his company distributes.
St. Louis Brewery, the largest of the local craft beer businesses, generated $13 million in sales last year, producing 35,000 barrels of Schlafly Beer and operating two restaurants.
Read more: Caradonnas seek O’Fallon Brewery partners | St. Louis Business Journal
14 Фев. 2011

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