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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.

Perceived value in glass

Latest decorationtrendsand beer colour scale in glassware by RASTAL

“Gourmet beer”, “Choice beer” or “Craft beer”. Whatever name we give the latest beer trend, outstanding individuality is what these beers have in common.And in keeping with this, the drinking glass and decoration experts at RASTAL have made the trends in glass design that have emerged during recent years their special theme this year, titled “Bier de Luxe”, at Brau Beviale 2012.
The RASTAL design experts believe however, this gourmet beer trend is more than a self-containeddevelopment and it can push the whole sector further towards enhancing value-added as well as perceived qualities.In tune with this segment build-up, innovative,stylish decoration designs whose structures and colours creatively play with and refine the visual design elements of their beer brands will be presented at Brau for the first time. Satin white, gold and platinum replacing strong colours have been brought to the fore.
The outstanding success of the original tasting and gourmet-beer glass, TEKU, created by RASTAL, is part of this development: just a few years ago it would have been inconceivable that a beer glass as a hybrid of the typical wine-glasscould have set the style for an entirely new beer-glass design trend in such a short time. The decoration motifs correspondinglycreated last year can be seenat Brau Beviale 2012, along with further developments.
And, last but not least, an exciting, entirely new idea for all those interested in the world of beer will be disclosed on the RASTAL stand this year: a tasting and specialgourmet-glass incorporating a beer colour scale.

- See and test it yourself. On the RASTAL Stand, Hall 1/1-204. www.rastal.com


19 Сен. 2012



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