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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.


Forbes Earnings Preview: Anheuser-Busch InBev

In the month leading up to the Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (BUD) third quarter earnings announcement slated for Thursday, March 8, 2012, expectations have risen for the upcoming results. The consensus analyst estimate has gone from 94 cents per share to the current projection of earnings of 98 cents per share.

What to Expect:

Over the past three months, the consensus estimate has increased from 95 cents. For the fiscal year, analysts are expecting earnings of $3.80 per share.

Revenue is expected to be $9.95 billion for the quarter, 6.7% higher than the year-earlier total of $9.32 billion. For the year, revenue is expected to come in at $39.07 billion.

Analyst Ratings:

All seven analysts rate Anheuser-Busch as a buy. Analysts have grown increasingly optimistic about the stock in the last three months.


Anheuser-Busch is a brewing company and a consumer product company that produces, markets, distributes and sells beer brands. One of Anheuser-Busch’s main competitors in the beverages industry is Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (ABV). Other competitors in the consumer staples sector include: Molson Coors Brewing Company (TAP), Compania Cervecerias Unidas (CCU), and Boston Beer Company (SAM).

Recent Price Movement:

Over the past quarter, the stock price has increased from $59.70 on December 6, 2011 to $66.88.

Earnings estimates provided by Zacks.

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7 Mar. 2012



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