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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.

C&C Group signs new distribution agreement in Singapore market

C&C Group has signed a distribution partnership with InterBev Singapore, a subsidiary of ThaiBev, to strengthen the presence of its Magners brand in key market growth channels inside the Asian country.

Interbev Singapore will begin its nationwide distribution of Magners in Singapore from 1 September 2016, while sales of Magners by Interbev Singapore will be supported by its business partner, F&N Foods – also a subsidiary of ThaiBev.

The two companies are “strategically placed” to provide an extensive distribution network to develop and grow premium brands, C&C Group said.

Conor Hardy, regional director of C&C Group’s Asia-Pacific division, said: “We are delighted to announce this new strategic partnership with Interbev in Singapore. Magners has been long established in the Singaporean market and is one of leading cider brands. This partnership with Interbev will allow Magners to enhance its cross-channel presence and availability.”

Kevin Ng, vice-president – international business for Interbev Singapore, added: “We are happy to be in this new distribution partnership with C&C Group. Together with our partner in business, F&N Foods, we are confident of propelling the growth of one of the most enduring brands of ciders here in Singapore.”

The move follows similar agreements with Coca-Cola Amatil to distribute the Magners brand in New Zealand, and with San Miguel Marketing Thailand to strengthen the presence of the cider brand in the Thai market.

8 Июн. 2016



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