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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. TASMAC staff under pressure to meet sales targets: Unions

TASMAC employees have alleged that after the closure of 500 oulets, they were under pressure from officials to increase sales and also meet targets set every month. TASMAC district mangers were summoned for a meeting recently at the agency’s headquarters in Chennai and given instructions that sales volumes should not drop at any cost, reliable sources said.

Members of the TASMAC workers’ union, who are aware of this instruction, said they would be submitting a letter on the issue to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, stating that this was an ‘unfair practice’.

N. Periyaswamy, President, Tamil Nadu AITUC Tasmac Employee’s Union, said, “The AIADMK government had announced that liquor shops will be closed down in a phased manner. It was a welcome move but now officials at TASMAC are comparing month on month sales and are pushing employees to increase sales and meet targets.”

He said, “We have received news from employees in Chennai and neighbouring districts that they have received instructions to increase sales. If they were really concerned about closing down shops they would not be putting pressures on managers to increase sales. By doing this the whole idea of shutting down shops is defeated,” he said.

Some of the outlets in Chennai said they had received instructions that they should meet the monthly sales target else action would be taken.

“It was an oral communication and nothing was given in writing,” said a TASMAC employee from an outlets in Chennai.

However, officials denied these instructions. A senior TASMAC official, who requested anonymity, said, “This is baseless. There are no such targets. TASMAC has never fixed targets since inception,” he said.

Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC), a cash cow in June announced the closure of 500 outlets across the State. It also reduced the operating hours of the existing outlets from 12 to 10 hours. On an average, TASMAC sells liquor worth Rs 67- 70 crore every day through its more than 6,000 outlets across the State.

3 Авг. 2016



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