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Hop growers report sales decline for imported varieties.

According to a report in Hops U.S.A., the newsletter published by Hop Growers of America, U.S. hop imports declined 55% in the seven-month period between September 1, 1992 and March 31, 1993, as compared to the same seven-month period a year ago.

Figures in the USDA Hop Market News show 6.8 million pounds of hops entering the U.S. in that period, down from 15.2 million pounds imported last year.

According to the article, shipments from Czechoslovakia, China and Germany showed significant decreases (70%; 69% and 47%, respectively).

According to Hop Growers of America, these figures represent the second decrease in U.S. hop imports in as many years. In the period 9/90 through 3/91, imports were also off more than 60%.

Despite this, the Hop Growers of America notes that for the entire 1990-91 marketing year, U.S. brewers and hop merchants imported a record 20.9
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