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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.

Australia’s Little World Beverages Sees 35% Rise in H1 Profit

Australian craft brewers Little World Beverages have posted a 35.4 percent rise in half-year profit, and predicted full-year net profit before significant or non-recurring items would be as much as A$8.8 million (US$8.88 million).
Little World Beverages said net profit in the half year to Dec. 31 was $4.619 million, up 35.4 percent on the first half of 2009/10.
Revenue was $35.56 million, up 27 percent from $27.96 million, Little World said on Friday.
The company declared an interim dividend of five cents, fully franked, up from 4.5 cents, also fully franked, in the prior first half.
Earnings per share were 7.36 cents, up 27.5 per cent from 5.77 cents.
The brewer said its new White Rabbit Brewery in Healesville, in regional Victoria, where it brews Dark and White ales, was outperforming expectations.
And it was optimistic about its purchase of a site, Valley Mills, near Geelong, where it proposes to develop "a special brewing facility in a unique place".
"The vision is for future east coast demand for LWB products to be satisfied with lower distribution costs and lower carbon miles," Little World said.
"Having settled the purchase on Jan. 31, 2011, work is currently underway to obtain the necessary approvals required to progress development of the Geelong brewery."
Little World said it expected full year net profit, before unusual or non-recurring items, of $8.3 million to $8.8 million in 2010/11.

20 Фев. 2011



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