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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. Bihar brings in new law to ban alcohol

The state government in Bihar headed by chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday brought a new law to ban alcohol in the state barely two days after the Patna High Court had quashed its previous total prohibition order.

Today being Sunday, chief minister Kumar held a special meeting of his Cabinet to notify the new Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016 to impose total ban on sale and consumption of alcohol with immediate effect. Experts say the new law is even harsher than the previous one revoked by the court.

“The ban on alcohol will continue further in Bihar as it has brought a sort of social revolution in the state and its impact is quite visible,” the chief minister told the media after implementing the new law.

Stating that the liquor ban has brought tremendous changes on various fronts, Kumar said around Rs100 billion (Dh5.5 billion) which was being wasted on buying liquor was now being spent on constructive works. “This has improved the economic condition of the masses,” he claimed.

On Friday, the Patna High Court had struck down the state government’s order imposing total prohibition in the state, terming it as “illegal” in what many believed was a major setback to the chief minister.

The court passed the order while hearing a bunch of petitions filed by various organisations which had termed state government’s new prohibition law as “draconian” and sought for amendments.

The ruling Nitish Kumar government in Bihar had imposed total ban on sale, consumption and manufacture of liquor in April this year after a new excise and prohibition bill was passed from both houses of the Bihar state assembly.

Initially, the government had imposed total ban on county-made liquor but soon later it also put blanket ban on all kinds of liquor.

Earlier this month, Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent for the new Prohibition and Excise Bill about a month after it was sent to him for approval.

3 Окт. 2016



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