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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. Proposal sent to shut 23 Tasmac outlets in Coimbatore

The district unit of Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (Tasmac) has sent a proposal to the state government to shut 23 Tasmac outlets. Officials confirmed that 13 of the outlets are located in Coimbatore North and 10 of them are in Coimbatore South.

The officials are however tight-lipped about the outlets that are going to face the axe fearing repercussion from the Tasmac staff employed in those outlets. Once the government proposes an alternative arrangement for the staff, the list would be revealed, said a Tasmac official.

Officials said they have sent the proposal to the government two days ago. "The outlets were chosen based on the number of public objections they received and their proximity to schools and temples," said a senior Tasmac manager.

"We also chose outlets without bars attached. There are about 46 outlets in Coimbatore which don't have bars attached,'' said an official. The list has also included a few Tasmac outlets that were closed before the recently-concluded assembly election owing to public protest like the one at Anaikatti.

Officials said the government would take a call on closing the proposed shops after considering similar proposals from other districts too. "The government has said only 500 shops would be closed to begin with. So we don't know how many of the outlets we proposed would be closed down as other districts have also submitted long lists,'' officials said and added that the move would hit the revenue flow.

3 Июн. 2016



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