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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 outlets selling liquor during non-working hours

The Tasmac outlets in the city are selling liquor 24x7 by flouting the government prescribed working hours, the All India Youth Federation (AIYF) said in a petition submitted to the district administration on Tuesday.

The federation sought the administration's intervention to ensure that the outlets are kept closed in non-working hours. It also sought action against Tasmac employees found flouting the rules.

According to the petition, though the Tamil Nadu government has put a rule that Tasmac outlets should function only between 12pm and 10pm, they actually function 24 hours.

"Though the government officials pull down the front shutter and seal it after 10pm, the employees sell liquor through the back door of the shop," said AIYF member and advocate G P Sakthivel.

"Almost every Tasmac that has a back door sells liquor throughout the day," he said. "Since they sell liquor against the rules, they also take small commission for the liquor sold during prohibited hours," he said.

"Many daily wage labourers and coolies start lining up behind Tasmac outlets from 6am to 8pm, instead of going to work. They spend money instead of earning," said Sakthivel.

"As a result, the family starves or loses access to healthcare or education," he said. The AIYF recommended strong action against Tasmac employees who indulge in sales during prohibited hours and government officers who have not taken action despite knowledge of the operation.

The petition also said that many senior citizens have not received old-age pension as they do not have Aadhar cards.

"According to government rules, you do not get old-age assistance pension (OAP) without an Aadhar card and bank account, so many people without Aadhar cards have stopped receiving OAP," the petition said.

16 Ноя. 2016

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