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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.

Russia. Baltika expanded market share thanks to Zhigulevskoe and Carlsberg

According to Baltika, over the first quarter of 2016, the company has enjoyed the leadership. In the sliding market the volume share of Baltika increased by 1.7% in the first quarter of 2016 against the fourth quarter of 2015 and amounted to 35.1%*.

Under Carlsberg ‘s assessments, in general the volumes of beer markets in Eastern Europe region have been shrinking at medium rates, yet they have managed to regain the volume growth of primary purchases in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. The growth in Russia was based on stockpiles decrease at distributors’ warehouses, which resulted from market decline and switching of sales channels from the traditional to modern trading.

Positive dynamics by the end of three months of 2016 was demonstrated by brands Zhigulevskoe and Carlsberg. The specialties of the previous year Neon Beer and and low alcohol Seth&Riley’s Garage have also performed well.

In the first quarter, Baltika went on focusing on the key brands and on sport developing in order to form the culture of rooting for a team. Baltika is an old partner of KHL championship.

Region Far Abroad countries proved to be the main growth driver for export sales in the first quarter of 2016, as export to China grew 2.5 times, the business in Australia and Ivory Coast was relaunched, besides, the growth in European countries is continuing due to product range expansion and promotion on TV. The riot growth by more than five times can be observed in countries of Middle East as well as North and Central America. Besides, alcohol free portfolio is still developing in Muslim countries, thus, energetic drink Flash Up has reinforced its positions in Kirgizia and Uzbekistan, and the supplies geography of alcohol-free soda drinks Baltika 0 in three different flavors is getting wider in Middle East and Africa.

The net revenue of Carlsberg Group in region Eastern Europe in the first quarter of 2016 demonstrated an organic growth by 20% thanks to its strong price mix and the organic growth of the total volumes. The net profit went 2% down because of the currency rate impact.

Source: data of retail audit by Nielsen Russia in natural terms concerning markets Urban and Rural Russia.

12 мая. 2016



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