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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.

GEA Audits − Transparency for informed decision making

How to uncover a plant’s potential with functional and mechanical audits for filling block and process equipment

Düsseldorf (Germany), May 3, 2017 – One of the main challenges in the beverage industry is the ability to comply with the constantly changing needs of the market. In any industry, this means continuously improving operations as well as operational efficiency in order to react quickly to demands. Existing product lines may require modernization over a plant’s life cycle – either to enhance production capacity or new regulations may require modernization or upgrading. Changes and adjustments need to be made without compromise on quality, which is paramount in the food and beverage industry.

Finding hidden potential and boost performance

GEA Service offers audits and line improvement solutions that can help customers expand the life cycle of the line by foreseeing issues in advance, increasing efficiency and implementing the latest technologies. GEA Audits help to identify bottlenecks and inefficiencies along the line in order to make technological advancement, reduce consumption and optimize customers’ investment plans. Re-configuring the equipment increases efficiency and reduces product losses.

Knowledgeable and experienced service technologists of GEA evaluate the feasibility and benefit of upgrading existing equipment. Providing a broad range of equipment upgrades, GEA improves the performance and prolong the lifespan of customers’ systems. GEAs comprehensive library contains most original documentation along with any updates. A GEA Audit includes three phases, from data collection and preparation of a quotation to on-site auditing as well as data analysis, audit report and making suggestions for optimization.

Upgrades – off-the-shelf or customized

GEA experts utilize proven measurement tools and make both qualitative and quantitative observations to assess the equipment, layout and surrounding environment. The analysis allows them to suggest a recommended plan for improvement. Many upgrades can be provided off-the-shelf as a result of the ongoing progressive evolution of
GEA technology. However, the audits may also suggest more exclusive upgrades, possibly built with new solutions that are not available as standardized upgrades yet but will be specifically designed for the customer.

Improve the life cycle cost of a plant and equipment

To ensure that GEA customers continue to realize the commercial benefits of their investment for many years,
GEA Service provides them a full range of services for the entire life cycle of the plant, from the beginning to extended life services and consulting.

The nearest representative for more information on the comprehensive GEA Service offers can be found here: www.gea.com/contact

15 мая. 2017

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