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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. Parlours can sell beer for outside use

From now on you can buy beer from parlours and take it home. The Kerala High Court on Thursday held that there was no prohibition on selling beer by parlours for consumption outside their premises.

The court, while allowing a writ petition filed by a beer parlour licensee, observed that the condition in the licence only prohibited the licensee from permitting consumption of beer on any premises other than the premises where the licensees were permitted to serve beer.

The emphasis in the condition was not on the sale, but on the permission for consumption. The condition could not be construed as one intended to prohibit beer sale for consumption outside the premises of the hotel, for, the permission of the licensee was not required for consumption of beer outside the premises of the hotel.

The court also pointed out that Rule 13 (3B) of the Foreign Liquor Rules dealing with Foreign Liquor 3 Hotel (Restaurant) Licence [Licence in Form No.FL-3] provided categorically that no liquor shall be sold under the licence.

In the absence of such a provision in relation to licences issued in Form No. FL-11(beer parlour licence), “it is only reasonable to think” that the rule makers had not intended to prohibit sale of beer under the licence for consumption outside the hotel.

The court added that merely for the reason that the rules provided for a separate licence for sale of beer in bottles for consumption outside the premises of the licensee (outlets of Kerala State Beverages Corporation), it could not be said that the licensees in Form No.FL-11 were not entitled to sell beer in bottles for consumption outside the premises of their hotel.

21 Окт. 2016

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