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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.

Sector movers: SABMiller toasts management change, beverages higher

The beverages sector is going well today, helped by brewing giant SABMiller, famous for its Miller- and Peroni-branded lagers.

The company revealed on Monday that Domenic De Lorenzo, who is responsible for mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy and development, will join its Group Executive Committee, effective 1 July.

This announcement comes a week after the Australian brewer Foster’s Group rejected SABMiller’s A$4.90 per share proposal. On 21 June, Foster's Group board rejected SABMiller's merger deal saying that the offer significantly undervalues the company.

Smirnoff and Guinness owner Diageo and Magners maker C&C are also making gains.

Plastics Capital, the speciality plastics maker, is providing a drag in the chemicals sector, the worst performing sector of the day.

The group said it benefited from customers restocking in the global economy recovery as it posted a rise in profits in the year to 31 March.

Pre-tax profits rose to Ј3.59m from Ј1.79m on revenues that were up to Ј33.5m from Ј26.7m, said the company whose products are used in hoses, gears, packaging and several other applications.

28 Июн. 2011



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