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September 01 - September 03, 2014

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      1 USD = 0.7620 EUR
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1 USD = 1.0904 CAD
1 USD = 1.0758 AUD
1 USD = 104.8430 JPY
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1 CAD = 2.0643 BRL
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Brewery news USA: Philippines’ San Miguel beer expands distribution to three more states ...Click here
Brewery news USA: MillerCoors names new CEO of Tenth and Blake Beer Company ...Click here
Brewery news USA, IA & WI: Wisconsin outpaces Iowa in beer ranking ...Click here
Brewery news USA, UT: Uinta Brewing Company receives investment from The Riverside Company ...Click here
Brewery news USA, NM: Ponderosa Brewing Co. opens in Albuquerque ...Click here
Brewery news USA, MN: Gull Dam Brewing to open in autumn ...Click here
Brewery news Canada, BC: 4 Mile Brewing expands distribution ...Click here
Brewery news USA, TX: Faust Brewing Co. to open second brewery ...Click here
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Brewery news Brazil: January – August beer output up 8.7% ...Click here
Brewery news Russia: Higher taxes and sales restrictions continue to hurt the beer industry ...Click here
Barley news EU: EU Commission increases barley, soft wheat and maize output estimate ...Click here
Brewery news Nigeria: Beer industry competition intensifies as brewers adjust strategies ...Click here
Brewery news Finland: First-half beer sales decrease by 2.9% ...Click here
Barley news China: Once again China’s insufficient barley crop will lead to increased imports ...Click here
Brewery news India: United Breweries’ Vijay Mallya declared 'wilful defaulter' by United Bank of India ...Click here
Brewery news South Africa: SABMiller launching small-scale “speciality” beer brand ...Click here
Brewery news India: Kingfisher Premium beer brand proclaimed as one of India’s most valuable brands ...Click here
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Hop aroma needs to breathe

US researchers are exploring the idea that oxidized hops may be more beneficial than once believed. The exposure to prooxidative conditions led to an increase in the oxygenated fraction of hop aroma compounds and a generalized decrease in the hydrocarbon fraction. The researchers also produced dry hopped beers (using 600g/hl) with oxidized and non-oxidized hops. Panelists were able to detect the flavor difference and the beer produced with the oxidized hops was described as more fruity, floral, and herbal! This may break a German brewer's heart, but maybe oxygen is not always the bad guy... May this also have an impact on flavor stability?
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These Days in Business History

September 01
1905 Alberta & Saskatchewan become 8th & 9th Canadian provinces
1923 7.9 earthquake strikes Tokyo & Yokohama, kills 142,000
1962 UN announces Earth population has hit 3 billion

September 02
1930 1st non-stop airplane flight from Europe to US (37 hrs)
1941 Film Academy copyrights Oscar statuette
1987 Philips introduces CD-video

September 03
1778 City Amsterdam signs trade agreement with U.S. rebels
1935 1st automobile to exceed 300 mph, Sir Malcolm Campbell (301.337 mph)
1967 Sweden begins driving on right-hand side of road


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Brewery news USA: Philippines’ San Miguel beer expands distribution to three more states
Due to growing consumer demand in the United States for San Miguel’s beer brands, the Philippines company is expanding San Miguel’s distribution in California, Arizona and Nevada, Inquirer.net reported on September 1.

San Miguel Corporation granted exclusive importing rights to G.K. Skaggs as a result of their successful longstanding partnership.

G.K Scaggs currently imports and distributes San Miguel Beer to 20 of the US States including the leading market of Hawaii.

“We are thrilled that G.K. Skaggs will now be an exclusive importer for San Miguel Beer throughout these new territories. We look forward to the exponential growth of our brand as a result,” San Miguel said in a press statement.

Brewery news USA: MillerCoors names new CEO of Tenth and Blake Beer Company
Coors Distributing Company president Scott Whitley has been tapped as the new CEO of MillerCoors’ craft and import division, Tenth and Blake Beer Company, brewbound.com reported on September, 2.

Effective October 1, Whitley will replace outgoing CEO Tom Cardella, who is retiring at the end of the year.

In a note to employees, MillerCoors CEO Tom Long describes Whitley as a “uniquely qualified” veteran with more than 33 years in the beer industry.

“As president of Coors Distributing Company in Denver since 2008, Scott has gained invaluable experience in growing a diverse portfolio of craft and import brands, including leading brands from Blue Moon Brewing Company and Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company,” the letter said.

Tenth and Blake, whose headquarters are in Chicago, markets a variety of craft and import beverages including those from Blue Moon Brewing, Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing, Henry Weinhard’s, Pilsner Urquell, Peroni and Crispin Cider, among others.

Whitley previously held a number of senior roles, including vice president of integration planning at MillerCoors, vice president of global strategy at Molson Coors and chief market development officer at Molson Coors Canada.

Chris Kozina, the current chief of human resources at MillerCoors and the chairman of Coors Distributing’s board of directors, will succeed Whitley as the ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, IA & WI: Wisconsin outpaces Iowa in beer ranking
In a recent ranking of every state in the U.S. by beer, Iowa ended up 34th, desmoinesregister.com reported on September 1, 2014.

Not great, not horrible, but it didn’t help that the first image in the story is Iowa and Wisconsin (the No. 7 state) with the caption “Drink beer here (Wisconsin), not here (Iowa).”

For instance, right above the Iowa entry is the state of Iowa made up of beer labels. Toppling Goliath is part of it, along with Exile, Millstream and Great River Brewery.

As for omissions, Peace Tree in Knoxville is a big one, it is the brewery that first showed the potential of Iowa beers.

Iowa isn’t going to dethrone Oregon, California or Colorado. But hopefully, if this list is revisited a few years down the road, it can rise to the top half of the country.

Brewery news USA, UT: Uinta Brewing Company receives investment from The Riverside Company
After experiencing accelerated growth over the past few years and recently completing a major brewery expansion, Uinta Brewing Company looks long-term with an investment from The Riverside Company, Uinta Brewing announced in a press release on August, 28.

The injection of financial and strategic resources by Riverside will grant Uinta the ability to keep doing what they are doing—producing notable craft beer in a sustainable way using quality ingredients and state-of-the-art equipment.

Founded 21 years ago by Will Hamill, Uinta has grown to be one of the top 50 craft brewers in the United States by volume. The foundation for Uinta’s impressive growth has been a strong, embedded culture with deep local roots and capable wings. With this foundation firmly in place, the Riverside investment will provide support and resources to sustain Uinta’s incredible momentum over the coming years. Hamill will remain as Uinta’s CEO and significant owner and will continue to lead the brewery as it accelerates its growth and presence in the craft beer market.

“I am deeply committed to the Uinta culture, our team, our consumers, and our distribution partners. This investment from Riverside will allow us to expand our distribution, enhance our production ...More info on site

Brewery news USA, NM: Ponderosa Brewing Co. opens in Albuquerque
Ponderosa Brewing Co. — a new venture from the people behind Portland, Ore.-based PINTS Brewing Co. — plans to open the doors to its new 130-seat Albuquerque brewpub on Wednesday, September 3, abqjournal.com reported on August, 31.

Ponderosa will have “five or six” different beers available to start, said the company’s executive brewmaster, Alan Taylor, including an IPA, a red, and a stout. The ultimate plan is to have 8 to 10 of its own beers available year-round.

Brewery news USA, MN: Gull Dam Brewing to open in autumn
In April, Mark and Barb Anderson signed the papers closing on the former Werneke Water Wheel Center property. After taking ownership, anticipation was for a June opening day, Barinerd Dispatch reported on August, 31.

The aggressive construction schedule proved to be overly optimistic. By early August, building renovations were still taking shape. An opening day is anticipated in early autumn.

The Gull Dam name and logo is in place on the taproom floor and the massive stainless steel tanks dominate what was an empty room in April.

The tanks can handle 80 kegs of beer or 40 barrels. Gull Dam Brewing has the capacity to brew four different varieties at a time, perhaps a stout with vanilla bean, or an amber wheat or Empire hops working to make a rich pale ale. Computerized control boxes monitor the temperatures from a hot side to a cold side.

Head brewer Luke Steadman wants to do a craft lager that is cask conditioned, aged in a keg and naturally carbonated.

"Dabbling in both covers a full perspective," Steadman said. And it allows for more creativity in developing a new beer to taste test before it is produced on an even larger scale.

Seating and high-top tables will place ...More info on site

Brewery news Canada, BC: 4 Mile Brewing expands distribution
Six months after launching as an on-site brewery at the historic Four Mile House pub and restaurant, Victoria’s 4 Mile Brewing has announced expanded distribution of its beers, as well as the launch of a unique promotional vehicle for the company, Canadian Beer News reported on August, 29.

4 Mile is now offering 650 ml bottles of seven of its predominantly English-style ales – including Golden, Pale, Brown, IPA, Best British, Summer Wheat and English Strong. The beers are available at more than 40 retailers on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, including the Four Mile Liquor Store, with new locations being added regularly.

The brewery has also recently unveiled its latest promotional tool, a refurbished fire truck that has been outfitted with a dozen draught taps to pour 4 Mile beers at festivals and events in the area.

Brewery news USA, TX: Faust Brewing Co. to open second brewery
Faust Brewing Co. is building a second brewery in New Braunfels, mysanantonio.com reported on September, 2.

The new 20-barrel brewery will be used primarily for distribution, said Ray Mitteldorf, head brewer at Faust. Construction on the facility started in May and the brewery is expected to be operational by November.

“This is basically for distribution,” said Mitteldorf. “Since the state changed the (beer) laws, we might as well take advantage of it and get some more beer out into the world.”

At first, the brewery will distribute kegs to bars in New Braunfels, San Antonio, Austin and San Marcos. Initially, the facility will make its golden ale and IPA for distribution. Eventually, Mitteldorf wants to expand to offer its alt bier, pale ale and ESB along with five to six seasonal brews including an Oktoberfest and mocha stout. As demand increase, the brewery will move to bottle and can certain beers. Also there are plans to age some specialty beers in bourbon barrels.

The second brewery will have the initial capacity to make 3,000 barrels annually. The Faust 7-barrel brewpub makes roughly 160 barrels per year, Mitteldorf said.

Brewery newsBrazil: January – August beer output up 8.7%
Brazil’s August beer output of 1.036 bln litres declined by 2.7% as compared to the same month in 2013, according to data by SICOBE.

As ...More info on site

Brewery newsRussia: Higher taxes and sales restrictions continue to hurt the beer industry
Higher taxes and sales restrictions have led to a dramatic loss of beer sales in Russia, about 25% over the past few years, an ...More info on site

Barley newsEU: EU Commission increases barley, soft wheat and maize output estimate
The latest estimates by the EU Commission on August 29 saw it upgrade its soft wheat output estimate by 2.05 mln tonnes, barley by ...More info on site

Brewery news Nigeria: Beer industry competition intensifies as brewers adjust strategies
A change in strategy by Nigeria’s dominant brewers has intensified competition in the sector, BusinessDay reported on September 1.

Nigerian Breweries (NB), the country’s largest brewer by market value, and Guinness Nigeria (GN) are the dominant players who are adjusting to the fluid alcoholic beverage market.

“GN had previously been happy to concentrate on the premium segment, leaving the value segment and the mainstream to NB; however, consumers’ low spending power has prompted GN to change tack,” said Omair Ansari, SSA breweries analyst at Renaissance Capital, in an August 27 note.

“Historically, advertising spend amounted to around 5 percent of revenue, but we see this increasing in the future, as competition intensifies among the three largest brewers. NB has a larger distribution network and is more efficient from a cost perspective than GN, and we do not believe this will change. We believe GN will experience a pick-up in costs as it attempts to regain lost market share,” he said.

Ansari added that with the proposed consolidation of NB and Consolidated Breweries, NB would retain its dominant position in the market place, accounting for close to 70 percent of market share.

“Nigeria is our largest brewery operation in Africa and second-largest in the world after ...More info on site

Brewery newsFinland: First-half beer sales decrease by 2.9%
A total of 368.8 million litres of brewery beverages were sold in Finland in January-June 2014, the Federation of the Brewing and Soft Drinks ...More info on site

Barley newsChina: Once again China’s insufficient barley crop will lead to increased imports
Once more China will produce a small barley crop, analysts said in a report in August. Jiangsu collected about 300,000 tons of winter malting ...More info on site

Brewery news India: United Breweries’ Vijay Mallya declared 'wilful defaulter' by United Bank of India
The wilful defaulter tag stamped on Vijay Mallya by United Bank of India on September 1 will potentially cut off bank finance for UB Group companies, empower banks to change managements at defaulting firms and initiate criminal proceedings against Mallya and force him to quit company boards, LiveMint.com reported.

The Kolkata-based bank has declared Mallya and three Kingfisher Airlines Ltd directors—A.K. Ganguly, Subhash Gupte and Ravi Nedungadi— as wilful defaulters. According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines, once a wilful defaulter notice is issued, the borrower has 15 days to defend himself in front of the bank.

“The wilful defaulter tag ensures that the borrower and any firm on the board of which he is a director, will not get a loan from any financial institution henceforth. Banks can also initiate loan recovery options aggressively,” said an official at a state-run bank seeking anonymity, since his bank has an exposure to Kingfisher Airlines.

According to Mint research, Mallya is on the board of Bayer CropScience Ltd, Kingfisher Airlines, Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd, Sanofi India Ltd, United Breweries Ltd, United Breweries (Holdings) Ltd and United Spirits Ltd.

“Creditors and shareholders of these companies should ask the board to remove ...More info on site

Brewery news South Africa: SABMiller launching small-scale “speciality” beer brand
The South African Breweries (SAB) — which commands about a 90% share of the local beer market — is dipping its toes into the fast-growing craft beer segment again, with a small-scale "speciality" brand to be launched later this month, Business Day Live reported on September 1.

The rise of craft beer, typically brewed by independent microbreweries, has been fuelled in recent years by beer festivals and a growing number of restaurants and bars selling their often unique products.

With the belief that the craft beer niche promotes the beer category as a whole, SAB has supported microbreweries by sponsoring festivals, supplying ingredients at cost price and offering its expertise. It has also begun to offer nontraditional types of beers, including its flavoured Flying Fish beer.

Parent company SABMiller — the world’s second-biggest brewer — has also stepped up its focus on the niche segment, particularly in the US where it has launched new craft-styled brands and acquired others.

SAB said last week its new small-batch beer brand, called No3 Fransen Street, would be distributed to only about 70 outlets in Gauteng, and would offer Cream Ale, Irish Red Ale and Krystal Weiss draughts.

The speciality beers would be brewed at SAB’s recently redeveloped Fransen ...More info on site

Brewery news India: Kingfisher Premium beer brand proclaimed as one of India’s most valuable brands
Kingfisher Premium, the flagship brand from United Breweries Limited, has been proclaimed as one of the most valuable Indian brand by the BrandZ™ - Top 50 Most Valuable Indian Brands ranking. Valuated and conducted by Millward Brown in conjunction with WPP, this is the only study in India that keenly measures consumer opinions in gauging a brand's business success.

Apart from being the only beer brand to be featured in the Top 50 ranking, Kingfisher Premium also bagged the award for the 'Most Differentiated Brand' - testimony of the brand's unvarying mantra to 'set the trends' by staying ahead of the curve and giving its consumers a taste of the novel. Renowned for ushering in the 'Good Times', the brand reflects this spirit through its pioneering associations with major sports, fashion and music events.

In India, the survey studied 800 different brands across 60 categories. This intensive in-market consumer research differentiates the Brandz methodology from competitors that rely only on a panel of experts or purely financial and market desk research. Globally the research covers 2 million consumers and more than 10,000 different brands in over 30 countries.

Samar Singh Sheikhawat, Senior Vice President - Marketing, United Breweries Ltd. said, "Kingfisher Premium is ...More info on site

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