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      1 EUR = 1.3343 USD
1 EUR = 0.8004 GBP
1 EUR = 1.4557 CAD
1 EUR = 1.4309 AUD
1 EUR = 137.0300 JPY
1 EUR = 3.0162 BRL
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1 USD = 0.5999 GBP
1 USD = 1.0910 CAD
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1 USD = 102.7010 JPY
1 USD = 2.2605 BRL
1 USD = 36.1459 RUB
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Type Crop 2014
2rs Barley 182.00-184.00 down0.54%
6rw Barley 156.00-158.00 down1.26%
2rs Malt 373.00-375.00 down0.33%
6rw Malt 341.00-343.00 down0.71%
Feed Barley 147.00-149.00-

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Malt news World: Malt markets much better than in the past few years ...Click here

Brewery news World: Heineken’s H1 net profit registers 1.3% drop ...Click here
Brewery news World: Carlsberg reports first-half results and warns of possible fall in full-year profits due to the Ukraine crisis ...Click here
Brewery news Canada: Molson Coors Brewing and Heineken expand marketing partnership in Canada ...Click here

Barley news World: Grain market prices dropped sharply in July ...Click here
Barley news EU: Experts project large surplus of winter malting barley this year ...Click here
Barley news Canada & USA: Canada’s barley crop sharply down this year, US acreage at record low ...Click here

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Brewery news India: UB Group boss Vijay Mallya may have to quit the board if declared wilful defaulter ...Click here
Brewery news New Zealand: Demand for New Zealand’s craft beer expected to triple over the next decade ...Click here
Brewery news Japan: Brewers fighting for spot at izakaya pubs ...Click here
Brewery news Cuba: Cuba hit by severe beer shortage ...Click here
Brewery news Turkey: Alcohol consumption amounted to 1.127 bln litres in 2012 ...Click here
Brewery news Estonia: Microbrewery boom sweeping over Estonia ...Click here
Brewery news India: Telangana and Andhra Pradesh may increase retail prices of beer ...Click here
Brewery news Namibia: SABMiller’s new plant in Okahandja rolls first bottles off its production line ...Click here

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The bitterness of humulinones and hulupones

Literature tells us that two oxidation products, namely, humulinones (from alpha-acids) and hulupones (from betaacids) have a prominent bitter taste. A study by US researchers assessed their bitterness intensity compared to that of iso-alpha acids with a trained sensory panel. They found that iso-alpha-acids are more bitter than hulupones and that hulupones are more bitter than humulinones. At a concentration level of 20 ppm in a lager beer base, the bitterness intensity of iso-alpha-acids was approximately 1.4 times that of hulupones and 1.9 times that of humulinones. Though not as intensly bitter as iso-alpha acids, they may contribute to the total beer bitterness.
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These Days in Business History

August 18
1904 Max Factor Jr was born, CEO (Max Factor Cosmetics)
1937 1st FM radio construction permit issued (W1X0J (WGTR) in Boston MA)
1952 Patrick Swayze was born in Houston Texas, actor/dancer
1960 1st photograph bounced off a satellite, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

August 19
1897 1st electric taxi's drive in London
1888 1st beauty contest (Spa, Belgium), 18 year old West Indian wins
1946 Bill Clinton was born, the 42nd US President. (Former Little Rock Attorney)

August 20
1741 Alaska discovered by Danish explorer Vitus Bering
1896 Dial telephone patented
1960 USSR recovers 2 dogs, 1st living organisms to return from space


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Malt newsWorld: Malt markets much better than in the past few years
Malt markets are much better than in the past few years, an industry report said on August 1.

Most industries all over the world ...More info on site

BreweryBrewery News Brewery

Brewery newsWorld: Heineken’s H1 net profit registers 1.3% drop
Heineken NV on August 20 reported a 1.3% drop in net profit for the first six months of the year as currency movements and ...More info on site

Brewery newsWorld: Carlsberg reports first-half results and warns of possible fall in full-year profits due to the Ukraine crisis
The Danish brewer Carlsberg warned on August 20 that profits are now likely to fall in 2014 due to the Ukraine crisis as tensions ...More info on site

Brewery news Canada: Molson Coors Brewing and Heineken expand marketing partnership in Canada
Molson Coors Brewing Company and Heineken N.V. announced on August 18 that they have expanded their marketing partnership in Canada, whereby Molson Coors Canada will assume responsibility for distributing five additional Heineken brands in Canada.

The new, multi-year agreement further strengthens the existing Molson Coors and Heineken relationship, which has developed over the past two decades. In addition to Heineken, Murphy’s, Newcastle and Strongbow, Molson Coors Canada will assume the rights to market and sell Dos Equis, Sol, Tecate, Birra Moretti and Desperados. Beginning on January 1, 2015, Molson Coors Canada will have the rights to market and distribute these brands on behalf of Heineken.

“We are excited that Heineken has chosen us to take on the stewardship of their full portfolio of brands in Canada. As we work to grow our share in the above premium segment, this new agreement represents an important win for our business and complements nicely our existing portfolio of leading Canadian beer brands,” said Stewart Glendinning, chief executive officer and president of Molson Coors Canada. “We have had a valued partnership with Heineken in Canada for many years and, as always, we will remain focused on building the Heineken portfolio of brands through strong marketing support, ...More info on site

Brewery news New Zealand: Demand for New Zealand’s craft beer expected to triple over the next decade
New Zealand could become a "superpower" of the global craft beer market, with demand for Kiwi brews expected to triple over the next decade, partly as a result of increasing Asian demand, according to research by ANZ.

John Bennett, ANZ's general manager of the central region for commercial and agri, said Asia's fast-growing middle classes were beginning to develop a taste for boutique beer.

The potential for New Zealand exporters in countries such as China was huge, he said, but brewers and local hops growers would have to lift production significantly in order to fully grasp the opportunity.

"These consumers are increasingly looking for premium products that are authentic, high-quality and were made by a craftsman, not a factory production line," Bennett said. "The challenge for craft brewers is to grow production quickly and without compromising quality or uniqueness."

New Zealand craft breweries currently exporting to Asian markets include Blenheim-based Moa and the Kapiti Coast's Tuatara.

Most of this country's hops is grown in the Nelson region.

ANZ said craft beer was the fastest-growing segment of the local brewing industry, with output increasing at about 25 per cent a year.

Bennett said the United States - where demand for craft products had been growing at about 10 ...More info on site

Brewery news India: UB Group boss Vijay Mallya may have to quit the board if declared wilful defaulter
A wilful defaulter tag may force UB Group boss Vijay Mallya to quit the boards of India's largest alcoholic beverage companies, dealing a big blow to the tycoon whose jet-setting lifestyle once won him many young admirers, The Times of India reported on August 18.

Mallya, 58, chairs the board of United Spirits Ltd (USL) and United Breweries Ltd (UBL), the market leading liquor and beer makers, in which Diageo Plc and Heineken are the major shareholders. At USL - which he sold to Diageo in a $3 billion deal - a new board of directors is digging into the company's past money trails.

Three lenders — State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank and United Bank of India — have sought to slap the 'wilful defaulter' tag on Mallya. He has already challenged United Bank of India's move in the court and may follow suit with the other two.

USL has not filed audited financial results for the last financial year and the first quarter this year as the board is uncertain on how to treat the transactions with UB Holdings Ltd, the Bangalore-headquartered parent of Mallya's empire, which is stuttering under the weight of the grounded Kingfisher Airlines. The ill-fated airline ...More info on site

Brewery news Japan: Brewers fighting for spot at izakaya pubs
Japan’s beer companies are fighting fiercely for a spot at izakaya pubs, where brand placement can play a role in billboard advertisements and directly affect a brewer’s share in the national market, The Japan News reported on August 19.

Competition is especially heating up in areas where beer brewing companies have relocated their head offices. Brewers are in a heated race to win franchise contracts with izakaya chains, and in some cases, locking out rivals in the process.

At a local izakaya pub in Nakano Ward, Tokyo, that has been in business for more than 10 years, beer dispensers and bottles were quietly switched this spring to make way for products from Kirin Co.

“In the past, our pub offered only products of Asahi Breweries Ltd.,” an employee of the izakaya said. “But we decided to make a deal with Kirin, too.”

The change was prompted by Kirin’s relocation of its headquarters to Nakano Ward last year. In the ward and nearby areas, Asahi and Sapporo Breweries Ltd. had been holding high market shares.

After Kirin moved its offices, Kirin President Yoshinori Isozaki personally made sales calls as the company head, and the brand’s local presence has grown.

For beer brewers, the areas where their head ...More info on site

Brewery news Cuba: Cuba hit by severe beer shortage
Cuba has been hit by a severe beer shortage during one of its hottest summers on record, sparking hoarding and driving thirsty drinkers to pay greatly inflated prices, Enca.com reported on August 17.

A sharp fall in production at the island's main brewery, Bucanero, at the beginning of the year has trickled its way down the supply chain at the worst possible time: the third-hottest summer since 1951.

That has caused many consumers and the communist country's newly legalized private restaurants, or "paladares," to stock all they can.

Bucanero makes four brands of beer: Bucanero, Cristal, Cacique and Mayabe. The company has a virtual monopoly in Cuba, though some imported beers are also available, albeit at a large mark-up.

"It was an odyssey to find beers for a going-away party Tuesday," one Chilean expatriate said.

"I covered half of Havana going to supermarkets, gas stations and liquor stores before I finally had to buy them at a restaurant" - where he had to pay 15 percent higher prices, he said.

Cuban media said the problem was caused by delayed imports of malted barley in the first four months of the year.

That hit production at Bucanero, a joint venture between the Cuban state and brewing giant Anheuser-Busch ...More info on site

Brewery news Turkey: Alcohol consumption amounted to 1.127 bln litres in 2012
Turks consumed 1.127 billion litres of alcohol in 2012, according to a recent response by the Health Ministry to a series of parliamentary questions, which also highlighted that overall consumption fell by 10 percent last year, Hurriyet Daily News reported on August 19.

The amount of absolute alcohol consumed per person annually stands at around 1.55 litres, which is well below the European average of 10 litres.

The Western Marmara region topped a list of alcohol consumers at 20 percent, followed by the Aegean region and Istanbul.

The low-alcoholic drink beer is the most commonly consumed alcoholic drink in terms of volume, taking a 90 percent share in sum, while wine and rakı followed with annual respective volumes of 56.4 million and 44.6 million tons.

Some 23 percent of Turkish men consume alcohol, but only 4 percent of women do so.

Some 49.3 out of 90 liras paid for a liter of rakı goes to taxes, the ministry said.

Turks pay 4.43 liras in taxes for a litre of beer, which sells for 8.4 liras.

The tax rate is relatively lower in wine, with just 9.63 of 40 liras going to tax. When it comes to sparkling wine, tax jumps to 45.6 liras for ...More info on site

Brewery news Estonia: Microbrewery boom sweeping over Estonia
A microbrewery boom is sweeping over Estonia. Over the past 12 months, half a dozen microbreweries have popped up, craft brews have appeared on the menus of restaurants and a new beer house has been established in Tallinn's Old Town, The Helsinki Times reported on August 17.

"At the turn of the year, restaurants started to suddenly offer the brews of Estonian microbreweries," says Miikka Kulmala, a game programmer based in Tallinn. Mass-produced beers taste like bad water, he characterises, while sipping a pint of Aotearoa Sauvin, an amber ale brewed by the local microbrewery Hopster, in a pub in the Old Town.

The share of microbreweries of the Estonian beer market remains below one per cent, but the demand is surging. "We have no time for marketing, only for fulfilling orders. Rimi [a major Baltic retailer] is interested in our beers, [and] Finnish retailers have made enquiries. My head is spinning," describes Enn Parel, a co-founder of Pőhjala Brewery.

The next competitor to venture into the budding craft beer market in Estonia will be Finland's Sori Brewing. "When we started to plan setting up a microbrewery two years ago, there was not a single similar [brewery] in Estonia. All of the sudden, ...More info on site

Brewery news India: Telangana and Andhra Pradesh may increase retail prices of beer
Beer price rise is in the offing as the governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are contemplating demands from breweries to revise retail prices keeping in view increased production costs. The move, if implemented, would also bring in additional revenue to the exchequer in both states, The Times of India reported on August 17.

According to breweries' owners, proposals were sent to the governments to increase the basic price of a 12-bottle case of strong beer from the present Rs 235 to Rs 296, which in turn would escalate MRP by Rs 10 per bottle. Currently, consumers pay Rs 95 for 650 ml strong beer and Rs 85 for lager beer, which accounts for only 30% of the consumption.

Manufacturers say the demand to increase prices was made last June when contracts expired. Though the contract was extended for a year, prices were not increased. When the extension expired this June, the demand to increase prices surfaced again. Manufacturers said the last price revision was in 2010.

Data obtained from manufactures show six breweries in Telangana produce 42 lakh cases of beer while one in AP produces eight lakh cases. Owing to large number of breweries in Telangana, it is AP's prime supplier ...More info on site

Brewery news Namibia: SABMiller’s new plant in Okahandja rolls first bottles off its production line
SABMiller Namibia last week started rolling its first bottles off the production line at the company's new 260 000-hectolitre brewery in Okahandja, All Africa reported on August 18.

Since breaking new ground on 28 May last year, engineers and brewing staff had been working to get the brewery online in preparation for the first bottling run.

"The start is part of our brewery ramp-up plan that will eventually see the brewery bottle more than 12 000 bottles per hour," said Bogart Butler, technical manager of the brewery. "This is an exciting time and we hope to commence full-scale operations soon."

MD of SABMiller Namibia, Cobus Bruwer said the plant was built at an estimated investment of N$420 million.

According to Bruwer, one of SABMiller's priorities is sustainable development and the start of production at the brewery within the allocated timeframe shows the commitment of the business to develop opportunities like this within Namibia.

The brand new bottling system consists of an intricate line of various automated systems ensuring exceptional quality control and hygiene.

"From the moment that the de-palletizer loads bottles onto the line, through the world-class bottle sterilisation process, bottle scanner and actual filling, labelling and packing, the system employs the latest technology to ensure ...More info on site

BarleyBarley News Barley

Barley newsWorld: Grain market prices dropped sharply in July
Market prices dropped sharply at the grain exchanges and in physical markets in July, an industry report said at the beginning of August. Surpluses ...More info on site

Barley newsEU: Experts project large surplus of winter malting barley this year
As per August 18, almost 95% of the spring barley harvest in France had been completed. What is left will have to be considered ...More info on site

Barley newsCanada & USA: Canada’s barley crop sharply down this year, US acreage at record low
Statistics Canada forecasts a crop of 7.3 mln tons of barley, quite a bit less than the 10.25 mln tons of last year. Reports ...More info on site

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