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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.

Anheuser-Busch InBev to redeem outstanding 1.25 billion USD prior to maturity

Anheuser-Busch InBev Worldwide Inc. on Thursday announced that it has provided the holders of the 7.20% notes due 2014 notice of its intention to redeem the outstanding 1.25 billion USD principal amount of the Notes, effective 20 June 2011. The Notes were originally issued on 12 January 2009 under the Base Indenture dated 12 January 2009 and the First Supplemental Indenture of the same date between ABIWW and The Bank of New York Mellon, as trustee.

Such notes were exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and were voluntarily exchanged by ABIWW for freely tradable notes registered under the Securities Act with otherwise substantially identical terms and conditions in a tender offer that closed on 14 March 2011. The Registered Notes are governed by the Base Indenture dated 16 October 2009 and the Sixteenth Supplemental Indenture dated 15 March 2011 between the ABIWW and the Trustee (“Sixteenth Supplemental Indenture”, the January Base Indenture, October Base Indenture, First Supplemental Indenture and the Sixteenth Supplemental Indenture, together the “Indentures”). The Notes will be redeemed in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Indentures and the Notes.

As a result of this transaction, non-recurring finance costs of approximately 180 million USD will be recognized during the second quarter of 2011 as the redemption price is expected to differ from the amortized cost of these Notes. Additionally, non-recurring finance costs will include an incremental accretion expense and a one-time mark-to-market adjustment of approximately 20 million USD as a portion of the interest rates swaps, hedging borrowings under these Notes, will no longer be effective.

24 мая. 2011

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