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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.

Philippines. San Miguel Brewery enjoys both income and revenues growth in the first three months of this year

Conglomerate San Miguel Corp.’s first quarter net profit surged by 122 percent year-on-year to P13.5 billion on the back of robust food, beverage and packaging businesses plus higher revenues from its power and infrastructure units.

The group also gained from improved operating efficiencies that boosted margins for oil refining unit Petron Corp. amidst the slump in oil prices.

This net profit level of P13.5 billion for the first three months included equity attributed to minority interest.

SMC’s group-wide operating income rose by 38 percent to P22.82 billion for the first quarter from the previous year.

Beer unit San Miguel Brewery reported a 23 percent growth in first quarter net profit to P4 billion while hard liquor arm Ginebra San Miguel posted a 288 percent improvement in net profit to P54 million.

Food unit San Miguel Purefoods Co. Inc. posted a 34 percent growth in three-month net profit to P1.22 billion, driven by the performance of its feeds, poultry and branded value-added businesses.

Petron’s net profit skyrocketed to P2.76 billion from only P257 million in the previous year. SMC said Petron had “weathered the prolonged slump in oil prices as it reported better first quarter results both from its Philippines and Malaysian operations.”

Meanwhile, the packaging business posted a three-month operating income of P597 million, rising by 25 percent while the operating income of power unit SMC Global Power posted a 7 percent rise in operating income to P7.31 billion.

The infrastructure arm San Miguel Holdings posted a first-quarter operating income of P2.43 billion, up by 16 percent year-on-year.

Ongoing projects include: the NAIA Expressway which is expected to finish a significant portion by end-June this year; Skyway Stage 3, TPLEx phase 3, SLEX TR4, the Bulacan Bulk Water Project and MRT-7 which, following its groundbreaking held last April 20, will start construction soon.

Meanwhile, its Boracay Airport is scheduled to start jet operations by the second quarter of this year while construction of a new and bigger terminal is expected to commence by November.

12 мая. 2016



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