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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.

From Trainee to Managing Director

Klaus Gehrig celebrates his 25th anniversary with ZIEMANN

A total of 25 years working for ZIEMANN and, in this time, risen from trainee to managing director – Klaus Gehrig is one of the leading personalities and an important constant of the younger ZIEMANN history.

In 1984 Klaus Gehrig started his training as a metal worker in Buergstadt. After completing the technical secondary school and the German Armed Forces, Klaus Gehrig studied mechanical engineering between 1989 and 1993, which he completed as a graduate engineer (Dipl.-Ing. (FH)). Afterwards, he returned immediately to ZIEMANN, where he worked in various positions in Buergstadt between 1993 and 2003, most recently as technical director. In 2003 Klaus Gehrig was appointed managing director (COO) in Ludwigsburg. Since 2015 he has been CEO of ZIEMANN HOLVRIEKA GmbH.

Due to his vita, Gehrig consequently knows both locations and all connections in detail. Klaus Gehrig is characterized by his strong analytical thinking and his personal and professional resilience and consistency. All this is combined with a profound identification and commitment for the good of the company, its employees and, last but not least, its industrial sector – the global brewing industry.

18 Ноя. 2015



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