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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.

SABMiller denies tax wrongdoings in Africa

African countries unite to examine world's second biggest brewer's tax affairs
SABMiller has rejected claims of tax avoidance in Africa as South Africa, Ghana, Zambia, Tanzania and Mauritius decided to work together to inspect the brewer's tax affairs after a damning report.

The African Tax Administrative Forum, led by South Africa, involved the five countries joining to examine claims by charity ActionAid International that the world’s second biggest brewer uses tax havens to avoid paying tax.

SABMiller, based in London, brews Castle, Grolsch and Peroni beers but denies any wrongdoing indicated in the report, which was released last November. The brewer said it was a major direct investor, employer and taxpayer in Africa and in its financial year to ending in March 2010 had invested more than $500 million in Africa on new breweries and acquisitions.

"We entirely refute ActionAid's allegations that we do not pay our fair share of tax in Africa and would add that the report contains a number of flawed and inaccurate assumptions," said an SABMiller spokesman.

ActionAid said tax authorities will work together on the tax issues although any action would be taken by the individual countries.

"We worked closely with former tax inspector from the UK, Richard Brooks, and all our work is based on the company's accounts. Our assessment is that the transfer pricing payments are a form of tax avoidance," said ActionAid's tax expert Martin Hearson.

“This unprecedented initiative marks a new era in which rampant tax avoidance by multinationals in developing countries will come under much closer scrutiny, both from tax authorities and from campaigners.

“Tax avoidance by multinationals costs billions in lost revenues, which could transform healthcare and education services for millions of people,” he added.

10 мая. 2011



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