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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.

Kazakhstan allowed selling of draught beer in PET bottles

According to the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs (NCE) of Kazakhstan RK Atameken, Kazakhstan allowed to sell draught beer in PET bottles by the legislation.

The main producers of draught beer are independent enterprises. They sell their products in kegs through a network of specialized shops, where fresh beer is poured into PET bottles during the realization. Many customers in Kazakhstan prefer this beer more than mass brands in a glass bottle.

“To avoid further disagreements in the interpretation of legal norms and possible sanctions against the retailers, we initiated amendments to the legislation. In particular, we offered to introduce such concepts as “the purchase of alcohol products” and “draught”. These amendments of NCE sent to the Majilis, and at the end of last year they were accepted. Now, article 9 of the Law states that the turnover of alcohol products in plastic containers is prohibited, with the exception of beer and beer beverage. That is, the entrepreneurs should not have any concerns in this regard,” Renat Davletpaev, the head of the legal Department of the Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kostanaj oblast, told to the Tengrinews.kz.

We should remind, that in Kazakhstan, the ban on the sale of beer in plastic bottles came into force on 12 July 2014. Thus, according to the document, the turnover of alcohol products in plastic containers, bottles without labels, and tin containers is prohibited. The latter did not affect beer and low alcoholic beverages with strength less than 12 percent. The term turnover means export, import, purchase, storage, wholesale and retail trade.

It was reported that the ban disturbed the brewers in particular it revolted entrepreneurs of East Kazakhstan. The businessmen of Pavlodar said that they risk going bankrupt because of the ban on the sale of beer in plastic bottles. It was noted that the Chamber of Entrepreneurs of WSO will file a request with the Government for the State for help in solving the problem.

10 Фев. 2016

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