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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.

Three new lauter tuns for Veltins

ZIEMANN has been awarded a contract for the brewhouse project by Veltins

The Brewery C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co. KG has placed an order for its brewhouse project with ZIEMANN International GmbH, Ludwigsburg. As part of a replacement investment ZIEMANN will integrate a total of three lauter tuns with a diameter of 8.500 mm into the existing brewing lines and will integrate them into the control system. The brewing lines will be gradually updated, while production continues. This means that the respective brewing line is shut down and the lauter tun is integrated. ZIEMANN will install the first lauter tun as of October 2015, the second lauter tun will follow in March 2016 and the project will be completed in October 2016.

The integration of the lauter tuns into the existing building represents a particular challenge in this project. “Thanks to the close cooperation between the team of the C. & A. Veltins brewery and our engineers, we have quickly found a tailor-made solution for this challenging project”, explained Thorsten Schwanzer, Sales Director Western Europe at ZIEMANN. Moreover, he added: “The fact that we have jointly implemented many successful tank projects certainly was another positive aspect”.

ZIEMANN provides innovative and tailor-made solutions for craft breweries as well as for large-scale breweries – from the malt intake to the bright beer tank cellar. The product range in the area of the wort treatment extends from the malt intake, via grist mills, mash vessels, lauter tuns, mash filters, wort kettles and whirlpools up to wort cooling systems. In the area of the cold block ZIEMANN offers fermentation and storage tanks, bright beer tanks, yeast tanks and all required CIP tanks. ZIEMANN plans, engineers and automates the process and the cleaning technology in all production areas, including the installation of process pipework and the integration of all required utilities. For modernizations, capacity expansions as well as for completely new brewery plants – ZIEMANN provides innovative solutions and is a valued expert.
Last but not least, ZIEMANN is a competent and reliable partner for craft breweries and large-scale breweries in the field of research and development. ZIEMANN supports its customers, for example, in developing individual beer recipes.

24 Июл. 2015



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