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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.

Ireland. New study shows 17% decline in alcohol consumption over last decade

A new study has showed a major decline in average Irish alcohol consumption over the last ten years. The study by economist Anthony Foley of Dublin City University Business School on behalf of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland* shows that average consumption has declined 17% between 2001 and 2011.
The study further shows that the first big decline in average consumption was in 2003 after which it remained consistent until 2007. A further large decline occurred in 2008 and 2009 partly due to the impact of cross border shopping.

While the decline was arrested in 2010 and 2011 as a result of the repatriation of trade previously lost to Northern Ireland, the current figure of 12 litres per adult is significantly below the 14.4 litres per adult peak of 2001 when Irish per adult consumption was the highest among OECD countries.

The report’s author, Anthony Foley, commented, “Average alcohol consumption declined from its peak in 2001 of 14.4 litres per adult to 13.5 litres per adult in 2003. It broadly stayed at this level until 2007 and in 2008 it declined to 12.5 litres per adult. There was a further decline in 2009, followed by an increase in 2010 and no change in 2011.

“The movements in 2009 and 2010 were influenced by the changing level of cross border purchases of alcohol. Part of the recorded decline in 2009 and part of the recorded increase in 2010 are due to this influence.

“In addition, the census of population has been revised upwards for 2011, with further similar revisions due for the years 2007-2011. This will lower the average adult consumption for each of those years, with the revised 2011 figure expected to be 11.8 litres per adult.

“In international terms average consumption increased in several OECD countries but declined in Ireland. In 2001, the Irish consumption level was the highest of the sample of countries in the OECD. In 2005 it was also the highest. However, by 2011 Ireland’s decline combined with increases elsewhere means that we are now approaching the levels of mid-ranked countries.

The Director of the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, Kathryn D’Arcy, commented, “Contrary to popular opinion average consumption of alcohol in Ireland has declined dramatically in recent years. From a health policy perspective, it is of interest to discover what effect, if any, the decline in average consumption over the past decade has had on the incidence of harmful consumption behaviour and on the consequences of alcohol misuse.

“It is important that policymakers take these findings into account when formulating national alcohol policy, especially in regard to the upcoming National Substance Misuse Strategy Group report.”

Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland

7 Фев. 2012



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