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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.

Number of large malting factories under German ownership decreases

Germany’s malt industry has undergone significant changes recently and there are now just three large malting factories under exclusive German management, an industry analysts note said earlier in October. The remaining large malting factories under exclusive German management are Ireks of Kulmbach with 335,000 tons, of which 170,000 ton in Austria, GlobalMalt of Hamburg with 200,000 tons, of which 90,000 tons Poland, and Erfurter Malzwerke with 110,000 tons, exclusively at Erfurt, Germany, it is reported.
?Soufflet and Durst announced the integration of Durst Malz in the Soufflet group. Three other large German malting companies are now integrated in international corporations: part of the bankrupt Weissheimer group was taken over by Avangard, Moscow, Schill Malz was sold to Graincorp, Sydney, and now Durst Malz to Soufflet, Nogent s/Seine. ??
19 Окт. 2011

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