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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.

New fill pack solutions for cooling towers minimize fouling risk and achieve great efficiency

Bochum (Germany), 04.06.2013 – The new GEA 2H CLEANdek KV619 cooling tower fill packs were designed for application in counterflow wet cooling towers. As a result of the open structure with vertical channels, they offer very little resistance to air flow – which enhances the efficiency of the entire recooling process. In addition, the microstructure of the surface assures an optimal water film and thereby supports effective heat transfer. CLEANdek KV619 is furthermore characterized by improved solids discharge at low pressure drop. In addition to pressure-drop optimization, the design also ensures minimal deposition and clogging. This benefit reduces the risks of rotting and growth of fungi and bacteria. The fill pack is accordingly highly effective for most water characteristics. These advantages are based on the novel surface geometry, which was developed with the aid of numerical flow mechanics. The fill packs are available in various polypropylene qualities – including a flame-retarding version – in lengths up to three meters. In addition, the KVC619 offers a PVC variant. The extremely high quality of the welding process assures fill packs with great structural stability.

Sales contact:
GEA Heat Exchangers
GEA 2H Water Technologies GmbH
Karin Henning
Kalscheurener Str. 92
50354 Huerth, Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)2233 6999 525
[email protected]

4 Июн. 2013

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