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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.

India. ‘Panic buying’ lifts Tasmac sales

In the days preceding the elections, outlets of Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation Ltd (Tasmac) witnessed ‘panic buying’ across all regions in the State on fears of imminent prohibition.

Even little-known brands, which would not sell on normal days, flew off the shelves in the last one week.

Statistics collated from Tasmac retail outlets in the State show that before May 16, the polling day, sales totalled Rs. 80-90 crore per day.

“Tipplers were worried that there might be an immediate ban on liquor once the new government came in and there was an unusual crowd at all outlets including places like Madurai and Coimbatore,” said a Tasmac Union member, on conditions of anonymity. “Sales were abnormally high is some major outlets. In summer, beer is the most preferred drink. But this one week, other products were also in demand,” he added.

On May 18, sales went up to Rs. 100 crore, and post the results, which were announced on May 19, sales dipped. On May 20, Tasmac sold liquor worth Rs. 68 crore.

“On May 20, sales skid again after news of the AIADMK returning to power. Customers who walked in asked what would happen to the outlets before they paid their bills at the counter,” said the Manager of a Tasmac outlet in T. Nagar.

Both the Dravidian parties – the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam – had used prohibition as their main plank in the just-concluded election.

While DMK leader M. Karunanidhi had said that there would be total prohibition if his party was elected to power, his arch rival and AIADMK leader J. Jayalalithaa had promised phased prohibition.

Estimates indicate that on an average, Tasmac, the cash cow of the State, sells liquor worth Rs. 66 crore through its over 6,000 outlets.

About 70 lakh people, about 10 per cent of the population, buy liquor at these outlets everyday, sources said.

On an average, Tasmac outlets sell liquor worth Rs. 66 crore every day

23 мая. 2016



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