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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.

Chile Drinks Company CCU 3Q Preliminary Volume Sales Grow 5.2%

Chilean beverage company Compania Cervecerias Unidas SA's (CCU.SN) preliminary third-quarter volume sales increased 5.2% on the year, the company said.

Although the figures are preliminary and CCU only provided percentage change figures, volume sales likely grew to 4.03 million hectoliters, as the company previously reported volume sales of 3.83 million hectoliters for the third quarter of 2010.

Sales for the first nine months of the year increased 4.8%, CCU said without providing further detail. Volume sales for the January through September period likely grew to 12.66 million hectoliters, considering previously reported data of 12.08 million hectoliters sold through the first nine months of 2010.

In Chile, volume sales grew 3.8% on the year in the third quarter, and 3.6% for the first nine months of the year. In neighboring Argentina, meanwhile, volume sales rose 9.9% in the quarter and 8.5% for the January through September period.

CCU makes and bottles beer, soft drinks, mineral water and fruit juices. It also distills pisco-grape brandy and rum.

The company is planning to make investments of $914 million in the 2011-2014 period.

Late last year, CCU acquired a cider business in Argentina.

The company has beverage licenses for products from Heineken NV (HINKY, HEIA.AE), Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (BUD, ABI.BT), PepsiCo Inc. (PEP), Paulaner Brauerei, Schweppes, Guinness and Nestle SA (NSRGY, NESN.VX).

12 Окт. 2011

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