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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.

Quality requires precision — GEA’s CMAG™ flow meter provides accurate measurement data for sensitive production processes

Quality requires precision: GEA's CMAG™ flow meter provides accurate measurement data for sensitive production processes

2018.04.17 GEA CMAG Durchflussmesser_Internal and External Use (1)

To complement automated production plants, for example, in the food, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, GEA has developed the magnetic inductive flow meter CMAG™. The easy-to-install version of the proven IZMAG™ flow meter delivers highly accurate and reliable measurement data, helping GEA's customers improve dosing and recipe control, minimize risks and optimize resource utilization.

Its hygienic stainless steel design and the aseptic flange make it suitable for sensitive processes in the production and processing of beverages, liquid foods and milk, but also for liquid pharmaceutical, chemical and agrochemical products, personal care products, process, waste and sea water, concentrated salt solutions and aqueous urea solutions. The small footprint enables more flexible positioning within the plant. Installation and commissioning do not involve a significant expenditure of time and money. In addition, it is extremely energy-efficient thanks to its low power consumption and can easily be connected via an M12 plug. High measuring dynamics, vacuum resistance even at very high temperatures and an excellent price-performance ratio are further advantages. As an option, the CMAG™ is also available with illuminated display.

About GEA
GEA is one of the largest suppliers for the food processing industry and a wide range of other industries that generated consolidated revenues of approximately EUR 4.6 billion in 2017. The international technology group focuses on process technology, components and sustainable energy solutions for sophisticated production processes in various end-user markets. The group generates around 70 percent of its revenue in the food and beverages sector that enjoys long-term sustainable growth. As of December 31, 2017, the company employed almost 18,000 people worldwide. GEA is a market and technology leader in its business areas. The company is listed on the German MDAX (G1A, WKN 660 200). In addition, GEA’s stock is included in the MSCI Global Sustainability Indexes. Further information is available on the Internet at gea.com.

17 Апр. 2018

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