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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. Graft: VACB quizzes Babu

The VACB probing the alleged irregularities in the issuance of beer and wine parlour license interrogated former Excise Minister K Babu on Monday in connection with the case.

Babu appeared before the investigation team at the VACB office at Pullepady here around 10 am, in response to a summons. Following the near-three-hour-long interrogation, VACB officials claimed there were contradictions in Babu’s statements with regard to orders issued by the previous government on renewal of beer and wine licence. The former minister’s statement on the procedures adopted by the Excise Department for closure of liquor shops operated by the Bevco was unsatisfactory , they said.

VACB officials said Babu would be interrogated further in the coming days. “Certain documents have to be collected from the Excise Department and Secretariat, based on the statement given by Babu, who will be summoned against for questioning,” said a VACB official. Later, speaking to reporters, Babu alleged the hands of bar owners who incurred loss from the liquor policy of the previous government behind the complaints against him. “There was no irregularity in the issuance of beer and wine parlour licence. In Kerala, there are several bars operating near liquor outlets. So, the closure of certain liquor outlets benefited some of the bar owners. The allegations are baseless, and I will take legal recourse to prove my innocence", Babu said.

18 Окт. 2016

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