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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. Senators Tout Small Brewer Bill for Job Creation

Two senators visited craft brewers on Tuesday, August 8th, bringing attention to the proposed Brewer's Employment and Excise Relief Act (S. 534). The Senators recognize the bill as a way to create jobs, and support "Main Street" businesses which help to keep money in local communities and states.

In Delaware, Senator Chris Coons (D) visited Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton where he met with Dogfish owner, Sam Calagione. Coons, a champion of small business, said the goal of the bill was to encourage the continued growth of small brewers like Dogfish. Dogfish, which opened for business in 1995, has become one of fastest growing craft brewers in the state and despite their plans for expansion, have kept a policy of not purchasing automated equipment at the cost of jobs.

Last month, Delaware Congressman John Carney Jr. (D) showed similar interest in promoting the state's small brewers by attending the inaugural meeting of the Delaware Craft Brewers Guild. The House has a companion bill to S. 534, which is H.R 1236.

In addition to Senator Coons visit to Dogfish Head, Tuesday, New York Senator Charles Schumer (D) was on hand at Cooperstown Brewing Co. to pledge his support of S. 534, which would halve the current excise tax on small brewers' first 60,000 barrels to $3.50. Cooperstown president, Stan Hall, added that the reduced excise taxes would help his brewery to become more profitable and would lead to the addition of new hires.

11 Авг. 2011

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