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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. Anheuser-Busch Brings Premium Draft Beer Experience Home with Draftmark

Beer lovers in St. Louis are about to have a new way to enjoy fresh draft beer in the comfort of their own home. Anheuser-Busch’s latest innovation, a unique new home draft system called Draftmark, will arrive in select St. Louis retail locations this week, before becoming more widely available throughout the greater St. Louis area in February 2012.

The Draftmark tap system is an intuitive, high-end device that fits neatly into refrigerator shelves, making a true draft beer experience possible in a few easy steps. Users simply charge the tap system’s battery, insert the beer refill’s pouring spout, place and rotate the beer refill into the tap system to lock into place, close the system, pour and enjoy.

To give beer drinkers a range of styles and flavors, Draftmark beer refills (sold separately) will be available for three great draft beers: Budweiser, a crisp, refreshing lager; Shock Top Belgian White, a Belgian-style unfiltered wheat ale; and Bass Pale Ale, an English pale ale.

In addition to the permanent pouring system and rechargeable battery, the Draftmark tap system also includes interchangeable magnetic tap markers, so adults can personalize the tap handle as they switch between the three beer offerings. The one-gallon beer refills also include built-in draft lines to allow for easy tapping and cleaning.

“Our innovation team is continually experimenting with new beer styles, packaging and concepts, and we’re always looking for the next idea that meets an unmet consumer need,” said Pat McGauley, vice president of innovation at Anheuser-Busch. “Draftmark is breakthrough in that it offers an affordable premium beer experience by delivering high-quality draft beer via a high-end, reusable tap system that keeps the beer fresh for 30 days.”

Draftmark also brings a level of casual sophistication to home entertaining, allowing beer drinkers to be more involved in the experience, from selecting the right glass, to learning the perfect pour, to choosing from a variety of beer styles.

“We want to grow Draftmark organically, and we anticipate beer enthusiasts will embrace this new tap system and share it with their friends,” said Nathaniel Davis, brewmaster at Anheuser-Busch. “We’re excited to bring this exclusively to our hometown of St. Louis, a city of beer lovers, and we look forward to hearing what they have to say about it and what they’d like to see from Draftmark in the future.”

27 Дек. 2011

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