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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. Online sale of liquor will flout Excise laws: Kerala Excise commissioner

Online sale of liquor, as proposed by Consumerfed, the apex body of the consumer co-operatives in Kerala, will be against the Excise laws of the state, said Excise Commissioner Rishiraj Singh.

"The proposal is against excise rule and public interest and if implemented, it will destroy the youths of the state," he told reporters in Kanhangad on Tuesday.

The top officer said licences to ConsumerFed and Bevco to sell liquor were given to buildings and their premises. "When there is no permission to sell liquor outside the premises, how can it be sold online," he said.

Apart from that, he said, liquor could not be sold to persons below the age of 21 years, to leprosy patients and those who are terminally ill, according to the law. "When liquor is sold online, how will that be monitored or implemented," he asked.

Singh said number of abkari cases would increase in near future. In 2014, 962 cases were filed, but in the first eight months of 2016, 1,600 abkari cases were filed.

In Kasargod, 350 kg of ganja was seized in the past two months, compared with 260kg seized in the rest of the state, he said. On Tuesday, another 5.2 kg of ganja was seized at Manjeshwaram and one person was arrested, he said. Officers said the contraband was being smuggled in a Karnataka SRTC bus and they valued it at Rs 1.5 lakh.

Since Singh took charge two months ago, 5,811 persons were arrested in connection with violation of abkari laws across the state.

24 Авг. 2016

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