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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. TN to order probe against TASMAC for selling liquor in black

The state government intervened after CNN-News18 exposed how TASMAC employees are allegedly selling liquor way past the deadline and that too in black.

The AIADMK government on Tuesday promised to initiate a probe against the employees of Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) for selling alcohol in black.
The state government intervened after CNN-News18 exposed how TASMAC employees are allegedly selling liquor way past the deadline and that too in black. The illegal practice was reported at several TASMAC outlets despite Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's initiative to restrict sale of liquor across the state.
According to a government circular all state-owned liquor shops should down their shutters by 10 pm. But it has been found that liquor is openly available beyond the deadline at some of the TASMAC outlets.
In a video shot by the CNN News18 team, one can hear a conversation where the outlet employees are telling customers that they can buy liquor any time, even at midnight.
Trade union members claim that the black market of liquor is worth almost Rs 500 crore.
TKS Elangovan, Spokesperson, DMK, had said, "AIADMK's phased prohibition on liquor was an eyewash to win the elections. We demand a special enforcement force to curb this illegal practice and stern action against the culprits."

15 Июн. 2016



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