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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.

EU Malting barley is in short supply – price increase is expected

Michael Fleischer, malting barley trader at Grainexx, Hamburg drew this conclusion today at the International malting barley seminar of research institute VLB, in Berlin. The barley harvest in the EU-27 is insufficient for the needs of the malting industry this year. The prices could increase significantly in the coming months. The chief trader and partner estimates, that the carry over of winter and summer barley from the 2010 harvest may only be about 100,000 tons each. A demand of about 10.2 million tonnes from the 2011 harvest is facing an offer of about 10.4 million tonnes. The balance would not be sufficient for already traded or planned exports AND domestic demand. Other third-country exports of around 400,000 tonnes, which would normally come from the EU, this year would need to be sourced elsewhere. On the import side some lots of old crop Argentine malting barley had already beed sold to the Netherlands and Belgium.
The reason for the scarce supply, were the difficult weather conditions during spring and in harvest time. While the west of the EU had drought conditions in spring, causing problems, in the north a rainy harvest time caused producers concerns. They complain about regionaly heavily reduced yields and poor qualities, especially what the protein content is concerned.
In the meantime, weak prices for malting barley in the EU where caused by the lack of industrial demand. The Brewers are not on the market. Should execution problems arise, because of insufficient quality, the prices will return to rise, following Fleischer.
12 Окт. 2011

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