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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.

Tom Verhaegen new general manager Royal Grolsch

Starting April 1st, 2012, Tom Verhaegen will be the new general manager of Royal Grolsch N.V. He succeeds the current general manager, Rob Snel, who has held this position since May of 2008 and will stand down, because he has reached a pensionable age. Tom Verhaegen has extended knowledge in the field of Marketing and Sales and is also extremely familiar with the organisation of SABMiller and the beer market. Because of his enthusiasm and commercial experience, he is the right man to pick up where Rob Snel left off and carry on the successful history of Grolsch.

Tom Verhaegen is 39 years old, was born in Belgium and has over 15 years of commercial work experience. He has been working for SABMiller since 2009, currently in the role of Marketing Director Czech Republic at Plzensky Prazdroj, the brewer of Pilsner Urquell, among others. He started his professional career at British American Tobacco and has fulfilled several commercial positions there. Before he started working at SABMiller, he worked for Interbrew/ InBev for 7 years in the field of Marketing and Sales.

Passion for Grolsch
After almost 28 years in various management positions at Grolsch, Rob Snel will complete his career on June 1st, 2012 and retire. Rob Snel joined Grolsch in October of 1984 as the Head of Social Services. Starting from 1992 he has fulfilled various national and international commercial roles, amongst which that of President Grolsch International. In 2003, he joined the Board of Directors, and in May of 2008 he became the general manager of Royal Grolsch N.V.

Rob Pieterse, Chairman of the Board of Supervisory Directors of Royal Grolsch N.V: "Rob is a Grolsch man in heart and soul. He has an incredible amount of passion and commitment to his work, for the brewery and all its employees, and for the Grolsch beer. As a consequence of this and other factors, he is of great importance to the company and the Grolsch brand. Naturally, we will reflect upon Rob Snel's leaving and Tom Verhaegen's arrival in an appropriate manner."

1 Фев. 2012



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