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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. AB InBev to plan launching new brewery with capacity of 1.5 mln tons in Fujian province

In Putian City, Fujian province the construction of Ab InBev new project is in full speed. In the nearest future, one of the largest in Asia state of art breweries will be opened in Tianjin Binhai Industrial Park Hanjiang.

In 2006, Fujian Sedrin Company became wholly owned subsidiary of AB InBev. After the main brand output hit 2 mln tons in 2011, it was decided to expand the production. For this purpose, last year, the company started construction of a new project planned for three years. The net production capacity will reach 2.4 mln tons of beer per year. The province authorities intend the new brewery to bring 1.3 bln yuan of taxes annually.

As early as October, the first division of the brewery is planned to be opened, which will allow producing 1.5 mln tons of beer per year.
Besides, Fujian COFCO Can Co., Ltd. plans to invest 600 million yuan to build 2 production can filling lines.

13 мая. 2016



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