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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. Brewers Supply Group acquires Crosby and Baker

Brewers Supply Group (BSG), the industry leader in distribution of brewing ingredients to the North American Craft Brewing Industry, has acquired one of its competitors, Crosby and Baker Ltd. The deal becomes effective on May 1, 2011. Crosby and Baker started in 1968 as a home winemaking bookstore by Nancy Crosby and Patrick Baker. In 1988, Seth Schneider joined the business and acquired ownership in subsequent years. Under Mr. Schneider’s leadership the business grew to a staff of sixty and three locations: Westport MA, Atlanta GA and Salt Lake City UT. The company services the home brewing, winemaking and craft brewing industries with a broad range of brewing and winemaking supplies to home brewing retail outlets.

Commenting on the deal, Ian L Ward, President of Brewers Supply Group said, “This is a great opportunity to expand our offering to our craft brewing and winemaking customers and to offer the Brewers Supply Group service experience to the Home Brewing community. We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues, vendors and customers.”

About Brewers Supply Group:
Brewers Supply Group provides an integrated approach to brewing ingredients by providing our customers with the highest quality malt, hops and filtration products. With customer friendly warehouse distribution points in the West, Pacific Nothwest, Mountain Region, Midwest and Eastern parts of the United States, BSG is one stop source for all of brewing and distilling needs.

The company distributes domestic malts from Rahr and Briess and importy and distributey malts from Gambrinus in Canada, GlobalMalt and Weyermann in Germany, Crisp and Simpson’s in the UK, Castle in Belgium and Maltexco in Chile.

BSG’s hop division selects the finest hops directly from domestic and foreign growers. Hops is processed and packaged in the US employing the most modern techniques to ensure freshness and quality.

In addition to malt and hops BSG supplies a range of brewing aids such as enzymes, filtration and stabilization agents, from leading suppliers, Kerry Group, Murphy & Son, and PQ Corporation.

4 мая. 2011

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