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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.

Canada. Prairie Malt cuts output and staff by more than half

Prairie Malt, a major producer of malt in Canada and a joint venture of Cargill and Viterra, on Thursday announced to lay off 35 out of 70 workers and to cut output due to the end of a supply deal with a major customer. Doug Eden, president of the company said: “To ensure the competitiveness of Prairie Malt Ltd., we are aligning production at the plant with current demand.” And further: “We are very sorry to lay off employees and are grateful for the high-quality work they have performed at the facility.”

The plant with a current yearly capacity of 220,000 tonnes was built in 1977 by the provincial government of Saskatchewan and was sold in 1989 to a joint venture of Schreier Malting Co. and Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. In 1998 Cargill Malt took over the shares of Schreier and in 2007 Viterra became owner of the rest of the company through the merger of Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and Agricore United.

29 Авг. 2011



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