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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.

Belgian lawmakers bitter over French beer tax

Belgian senators have urged the EU to take action on France’s proposed beer tax hike claiming that it infringes European competition rules. EurActiv.fr reports.

The Belgian Senate voted unanimously on 21 November on a resolution calling on their government to take a discrimination plea to the European Commission.

Belgian brewers currently export 32% of their beer to France, so the excise duty increase could hold serious consequences for employment in the industry, Liberal Senator Yuri Vastersavendts (Open VLD) said in a statement.

In the 1980s, the European courts quashed the decision by the United Kingtom to raise taxes on wine to favour domestic beer production. “The fiscal policy of a member state should not serve to consolidate the existing drinking habits to increase the advantage acquired by national industries”, the senator said.

Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo did not manage to convince the French president, Fran?ois Hollande, to backtrack on the proposal during a visit to Paris on 27 November, according to the Flemish news service Deredactie.be.

In France, the National Assembly has rejected an amendment aiming to reduce the excise tax on beer to 120%, from the previous proposal of 160%. On 3 December the French Parliament approved the bill, which is expected to take effect 1 January 2013, barring European intervention.

"The most remarkable aspect is the discriminatory, protectionist nature of this decision," said the Belgian Brewers' Federation. "By contrast, there is almost no excise on wine and no increase is planned."

While Belgians industry argues that the price of a beer in France will rise by 20%, French figures say the increase will only come to some 25 cents for a standard bottle.

The price of a beer in Britain could also rise, with English and Welsh ministers proposing a minimum price of ?0.45 (€0.56) for a unit of alcohol as part of a push to tackle problem drinking.

7 Дек. 2012



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