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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. Villagers demand closure of liquor shops, submit petitions

Villagers of Melasirubodhu and Kattoorani, including large number of women, thronged the Collectorate here on Monday, demanding closure of TASMAC shops, posing problems to the local people and disturbing social harmony.

T. Dinakararaja, an advocate who led the people of Melasiruphodu, said the peace-loving residents faced problems, ever since the TASMAC retail shop, which was originally located elsewhere, was shifted to the present place in a residential area three years ago.

He said the shop posed lots of inconveniences as it was located close to the Primary Health Centre on one side and bus stand on the other. Those who visited the shop polluted the pond, used by local women for taking bath by throwing away plastic wastes and bottles, he said. They made several representations to the authorities to close down the shop but they turned a deaf ear to their demands, he said and threatened to launch series of agitations if the shop was not closed down at the earliest. Collector S. Natarajan has assured to consider the demand, he added.

Villagers of Kattoorani also urged the Collector to close down two shops in their area. S. Kumaraguru and villagers who presented the petition said they have been facing problems for three years as one shop was located inside a residential area and near a temple and the other shop near a Oorani (waterbody), from where women fetched water.

Mostly outsiders visited the two shops, disturbing peace and social harmony, Mr. Kumaraguru said. The tipplers consumed liquor in the open and entered into brawls causing nuisance to the local people, especially to school students and women, he said.

Meanwhile, S. Vellaidurai, Additional Superintendent of Police (Prohibition and Enforcement Wing) said after the government decided to close down 500 retail liquor shops throughout the State as part of its decision to implement total prohibition in a phased manner, 10 to 15 shops might be closed in the district but those shops are yet to be identified.

31 мая. 2016

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