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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.

China. CR Snow has launched a new brewery near Harbin

The opening ceremony of the new brewery of CR Snow within the project of extending business in remote regions was held on 23 December. The capacity of the new enterprise is 3 million hectoliters of beer per year.

Previously in 2001, the joint venture China Resources Snow Breweries Harbin Co Ltd was opened on the territory of industrial cluster Shangzhi in Harbin. The sales of products of CR Snow have increased in recent years and a small town factory is no longer able to cope with the increased demand for beer.
So, Snow Breweries (Harbin) has decided to build a new brewery at a cost of 1.1 billion yuan in order to expand the production capacity and to meet consumer demand. It is expected that its production capacity will reach 6 million hectoliters per year.
Already 650 million yuan have been invested in the construction of the brewery opened yesterday and its potential production volume amounts to 3 million hectoliters of beer. The enterprise uses advanced brewing technologies and modern production line. The new brewery will provide a basis for further development of CR Snow in Heilongjiang Province.

24 Дек. 2015

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