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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.

Sri Lanka earns over Rs. 100 billion last year from liquor production

The Sri Lankan government has earned Rs. 105.35 billion in excise tax revenues from the hard liquor and malt liquor production in the country in last year, the Government Information Department said.

Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake has made this revelation in parliament Tuesday (June 21) responding to a question raised by UPFA Colombo District MP Bandula Gunawardena.

According to the Minister the country had produced Rs.52 million worth hard liquor and Rs.126 million worth malt beer in 2015.

"The government earned Rs. 80,711 million from hard liquor and Rs. 24,639 million from beer as excise income," Minister Karunanayake said.

When he was asked why production of hard liquor and malt liquor in 2015 was increased, Minister Karunanayake said initiatives taken to stop the import of illegal ethanol, increase in the raids of manufacturing, delivering and selling of illicit liquor and increase in detection of unpaid duty on foreign liquor had contributed to an increase of production.

23 Июн. 2016



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