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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 expanded capacities in the regions already developed

The unfavorable condition of the Chinese brewing industry did not prevent AB InBev from expanding their production as they constructed several new brewhouses in 2014-2015 and started new beer filling lines.

Basing on the messages from the industry sources, we can say that in 2014-2015, the company put new breweries with net capacity of 115,15 mln hl into operation in China. Thus, in 2014 provinces Guangdong and Jiangxi were the major growth points (25 and 10 mln hl correspondently). These two regions accounted for 76% of all capacities launched in 2014. And AB InBev accounts for 20% of beer production in Guangdong and 27% in Jiangxi. In total, during that year, the company put. into operation new breweries with the capacity of 46.15 mln hl.

In 2015, the rates of new capacities introduction accelerated by 1.5 times to 69 mln hl. The industrial hotbed for AB InBev proved to be Fujian province. Here construction of a brewery having a production capacity of 45 mln hl was undertaken in several stages. Virtually, this project was the base for the company expansion as it accounted for 41% of capacities launched over two years.

In Fujian the company already owns two thirds of all beer production in the province, so we can say that AB InBev definitely leads the regional market.

Besides, in 2015, construction of big breweries was started in provinces Heilongjiang and Hunan where the company has 42% and 12% correspondently under our educated estimates. As we can see, every year, the company increases the production potentials not only by constructing big breweries but also by extending their capacity. The provinces where AB InBev is already well represented, namely, Fujian, Guangdong, Heilongjiang, Hunan, and Jiangx, were found the most promising for brewery construction.

7 Июн. 2016



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