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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.

Falling beer sales dent Foster’s result

Foster's Group has blamed falling beer sales and the strength of the Australian dollar for a drop in its half-year profit.
The brewer made just over $312 million in the six months to the end of December, down 12 per cent on its profit for the same period the year before.
The group's chief executive, Ian Johnston, says the Australian beer market has underperformed this year, which may be due to the unwinding of government stimulus measures.
"The emergence of a more subdued consumer environment and exceptional weather conditions reduced volume in the first half," he said.
"This was exacerbated as the market measures itself against unusually high beer market volume in the previous period that benefited from stimulus payments and lower interest rates."
The company is separating its beer and wine businesses and it expects the de-merger process to be completed by May.
Mr Johnston says the move will be good for both of the individual entities.
"Two years on from this wine strategic review, we are a very different company," he said.
"As a board and a management team we are convinced that the wine and beer businesses are in the right shape to take the next natural step in this transformation. The de-merger is a catalyst for an even better performance."
Shareholders will vote on the split in April, to receive one share in the new wine business for every three Foster's shares they currently own.

15 Фев. 2011



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