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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. Bar owners, customers have mixed reactions to Duterte’s liquor ban proposal

Bar owners and customers in Manila on Thursday described their mixed views on tough-talking mayor Rodrigo Duterte's plan to have a liquor ban in the Philippines once he becomes president.

Unofficial polls sanctioned by the election commission showed Duterte will be the next president. Official results could take several days, if not weeks, to be announced.

A spokesperson of Duterte told journalists at a news briefing on Wednesday Duterte will be proposing a liquor ban in public areas across the country similar to what he did in Davao.

A bar owner along Manila's main avenue said Duterte's proposal will have an impact on the service industry.

"Bars typically run until dawn, so if he proposes a liquor ban, what will happen to us who primarily sell alcohol to people? We are doing legitimate business," said karaoke bar owner Marivic Ramos.

A sari sari store owner was open to the idea if it will help curb criminality.

"I can agree to the proposal since we need to see some change and it does not really pose a big impact on my business," said Marilyn Camacho, who sells beer and other goods to customers.

Glen Decena, a resident who observed heavy nightly drinking in his neighborhood, welcomed the proposal.

"I agree since it will limit the excessive drinking. Most of the time, people are drinking too much and are not conscious of their actions," he said.

Duterte, who has imposed a similar ban in Davao City, hoped to curb down drunk-related incidents as part of his campaign to end crime.

Duterte's spokesperson, Peter Laviña, said the proposal will need to undergo a comprehensive study and pass a bill to Congress before it will be implemented.

13 мая. 2016

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