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Crop 2005
2rs Barley €117.0-118.0
6rw Barley €104.0-106.0

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E-malt.com Newsletter 42b
October 19 - October 21, 2005

Currency Rates
Base Currency: Euro, EUR
on 21-October-2005

1 EUR = 1.2017 USD
1 EUR = 0.6776 GBP
1 EUR = 1.4157 CAD
1 EUR = 1.5981 AUD
1 EUR = 138.65 JPY
1 EUR = 2.7038 BRL
1 EUR = 34.3554 RUB
1 EUR = 9.7422 CNY
Base Currency: US Dollar
on 21-October-2005

1 USD = 0.8324 EUR
1 USD = 0.5639 GBP
1 USD = 1.1781 CAD
1 USD = 1.3299 AUD
1 USD = 115.39 JPY
1 USD = 2.25 BRL
1 USD = 28.589 RUB
1 USD = 8.107 CNY


Equities of the Largest Breweries

Top Industry News
Brazil: AmBev announced sales volumes increased for the third Quarter 2005... Click here

South Africa: Joint venture between Diageo, Heineken and Namibian Breweries growing steadily... Click here

Colombia: The public share offer for Colombia’s biggest brewer to be held on December 5... Click here

Australia: In breath-taking battle Coopers secures a major victory against Lion-Nathan... Click here

Romania: Beer giants from Romania sold 8,3 millions hectolitres of beer in the first nine months... Click here

Japan: Anti-tax campaign launched by the Brewers Association of Japan... Click here

Canada: Barley exports in 2004/05 were only 1.2 million tonnes... Click here

World: Hop acreage outline for 2002- 2005... Click here

More News
Finland: EU Commission suggests to Finland to extend its dispensation on personal beer imports from Russia ...More Info

Kenya & Uganda: East African Breweries Limited registers after tax profit of Sh6 billion for 2005 ...More Info

USA: Heineken USA Names Allan O'Neil General Manager of the Western Region ...More Info

Romania: The government rejects both bids in Haber Brewery open bid tender ...More Info

USA: Strike against Anheuser-Busch distributor ...More Info

Denmark: Royal Unibrew performs share buy-back ...More Info

UK: The shutting down of London’s Park Royal brewery costs Diageo GBP30 million ...More Info

Nigeria: Managing Director of Consolidated Breweries confident about country’s beer industry future ...More Info

USA: Anheuser-Busch ends Bud Pong game, which encountered criticism from alcohol prevention experts ...More Info

UK: Diageo appoints Goldman Sachs as joint corporate broker ...More Info

UK: Greene King starts searching for “Perfect Pub” ...More Info

UK: Heineken takes a break with TV advertising ...More Info

USA: Heineken USA confirms national roll out of Heineken Premium Light in 2006 ...More Info

Brewery News
Brazil: AmBev announced sales volumes increased for the third Quarter 2005

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (AmBev), the Brazilian arm of the InBev NV group, announces the sales volumes for 3Q05 increased by 4.4% year-on-year up to 21.86 million hl. In the first three quarters of the year beer sales volumes of AmBev rose by 8.3% up to 64.97 million hl. Market share information for the whole quarter is still not available, but will be provided in the earnings release scheduled for November 3.

In Brazil, the sales volume for the third quarter of 2005 amounted to 14,485,000 hl, which represents an increase of 3.4% as compared to the same period last year. The accumulated sales volume so far was of 43,279,000 hl of beer this making an increase of 10% year-on-year.

In Hispanic Latin America, the sales for Q3 2005 were of 4,267,000 hl, which is an increase of 10.7% year-on-year. The accumulated sales volume so far was of 13,443,000 hl of beer (10.9% increase year-on-year.)

For North America, AmBev recorded 21,860,000 hl in sales for Q32005, a year-on-year increase of 4,4%. Sales for all 3 quarters were of 64,968,000 that is more by 8.3% as compared to the same period in 2004. ...
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South Africa: Joint venture between Diageo, Heineken and Namibian Breweries growing steadily

The joint venture between Diageo, Heineken and Namibian Breweries - Brandhouse, had grown profits of 34 percent in the past year, the managing director Simon Litherland stated, according to the Business Report of 20 October. Total sales volumes increased by 7 percent, turnover by 11 percent to R3 billion and market share of the premium and standard segment had increased by half a percentage point, he said.

Brandhouse, which has an unrivalled portfolio of brands in the premium market, employs 450 people and a further 150 people in the Diageo local production, which accounts for 45 percent of spirit volumes.All the beer except Guinness is brewed in Namibia, and Brandhouse operates from three main offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal.

Brandhouse's brands include Smirnoff, Bell's, J&B, Johnny Walker, Heineken, Windhoek Lager, Guinness, Archers Aqua, Baileys and Captain Morgan.

Litherland affirmed that the company's research had shown that its share of the brandy market had increased from 9.4 percent to 9.9 percent, and Brandhouse was delighted with this result
"One year is not enough to build a house ... it's the start of a journey," he said.

The total flavoured alcoholic beverage market is valued at R2.3 billion, an 18 percent growth on last year. ...
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Colombia: The public share offer for Colombia’s biggest brewer to be held on December 5

The public share offer for the Colombia's biggest brewer, Bavaria, will be held on December 5, Colombia's Stock Market Superintendency said on October 19 according to Reuters.

SABMiller, the Anglo-South African beer giant is offering minority holders $19.48 per share as part of its takeover plan for Bavaria agreed with the Colombian company's controlling Santo Domingo family.London-based SABMiller in July announced a $7.8 billion stock-and-cash deal, including debt and interests in subsidiaries, to take over Bavaria and create the world's No. 2 brewer by volume.

Trading in Bavaria shares was suspended at the start of Thursday in anticipation of the announcement. They closed at 43,540 pesos ($19.06) per share on Wednesday.According to Colombian law the suspension will continue until the day after SABMiller publishes notice of the public offer in Colombian newspapers.

Australia: In breath-taking battle Coopers secures a major victory against Lion-Nathan

The Australia Coopers Brewery after a long and breath-taking battle with Lion-Nathan has obtained a major victory in its bid to block Lion Nathan's A$352 million aggressive takeover attempt, reports posted on October 21.

The Supreme Court of South Australia dismissed the appeal filled by Lion Nathan trying to stop a ruling last month which offered to the Coopers shareholders the right to vote the removal of Lion Nathan’s rights to purchase the shares of Coopers.

Romania: Beer giants from Romania sold 8,3 millions hectolitres of beer in the first nine months

The Association ‘Brewers of Romania’, which hold 70% of the Romanian beer market announced an increase in sales of 5,6% for the first nine months of 2005 up to 8,3 million hectolitres. The association groups the companies: Brau Union Romania S.A., Ursus Breweries S.A., Interbrew Romania S.A. and United Romanian Breweries Bereprod SRL (URBB).

In the first half of this year beer sales of ‘Brewers of Romania’ increased by 3.5% up to 4.75 million hl of beer compared to 4.585 million hl in the first half of 2004.

The four breweries have in total about 4,400 employees and invested in Romania about EUR 420 million. The taxes paid to Romanian budget were of about EUR 108 million in 2004.

Last year Romania consumed a record quantity of beer of 14.5 million hl. The average per capita consumption is of 54 litres per year, compared to 80 litres in Hungary and 160 litres in Czech Republic.

Japan: Anti-tax campaign launched by the Brewers Association of Japan

The Brewers Association of Japan held an event in Tokyo on Thursday, October 20, to campaign for cutting Japanese liquor tax that is far higher than in foreign countries, Kyodo News has communicated..

Film director Kazuyuki Izutsu, named leader of the campaign at the event, called for reducing liquor tax and opposing a government move to raise the tax on a beer-like alcoholic beverage that has grown popular due to its lower prices that include tax.

The campaign leader also invited event participants to sign a request urging the government to lower liquor tax.

The association of five Japanese brewers, including Kirin Brewery Co., complained that liquor tax in Japan is some 20 times as high as in Germany and some 10 times as high as in the United States.

It also noted that liquor and consumption taxes account for nearly 50 percent of the price of a beer in Japan.

Barley News
Canada: Barley exports in 2004/05 were only 1.2 million tonnes

Canadian carry-over barley stocks on the 1st of August were 3.5 million tonnes versus 2.1 million tonnes in 2004. Exports in 2004/05 were only 1.2 million tonnes as compared to 1.75 million tonnes a year earlier. Main destinations were China 674,000 tonnes, USA 186,000 tonnes, Japan 154,000 tons. At the end of September 60 % the Western Canadian crop had been harvested, the first 25-30 % of good, further 30 % of variable quality. As rainfalls have recommenced, the quality of any barley still in the fields will be of doubtful quality and condition.

Pessimists in Canada expect a malting barley pool (=total selection) of 1.5 million tonnes, optimists still hope for 1.9 million tonnes. Domestic needs may be around 900,000 tonnes, the export surplus will be between 600,000 and 1 million tonnes.

The CWB has sold new crop barley to China and remains a seller, prices in the "high 190's". Recently the Board had successfully operated in the feed barley market, but further sales will depend on domestic demand. That demand could explode, if the Canadian government really imposes an import duty on U.S. Yellow Corn. This crop year's exports are 430,000 tonnes to-date.

Hops News
World: Hop acreage outline for 2002- 2005

In the last three years the world hop acreage declined by about 700 hectares. This is an effect of the shrinkage in the acreage in Germany, Czech Republic, Australia, U.S.A. and China, according to the Hopsteiner analysts. This trend was to some extent changed as the 2005 acreage in the USA has increased by 600 hectares.

The developments in the crop 2004 market showed that the time of overproduction and excess stock would be to end.

Thus there is an expectation that the 2005-06 bitter hops market will be balanced. In the case of aroma hops it is already apparent that demand is explicitly higher than the supply. Prices have already increased accordingly.

Malting barley prices. French barley prices.
Nominal prices.

EURO = USD 1.2017 October 21, 2005 
 Crop year   2005 
 Parity   FOB Creil 
 Position   July 2005 
Type   Variety  EURO  USD 
2RS  Scarlett  118.50  142.50 
2RS  Prestige  118.00  142.00 
2RS  Cellar  118.00  142.00 
2RS  Aspen  nq  nq 
2RS  Optic  nq  nq 
2RS  Sebastien  116.50  140.00 
2RS  Astoria  116.50  140.00 
2RS  Cork   115.50  139.00 
6RW  Esterel   105.00  126.50 
Table of the week

EU Malt Export Licence Fixations

(in tonnes)   2001-2002   2002-2003   2003-2004  2004-2005   July 01, 2005 -
September 27, 2005  
 France   701,134  661,772  774,761  674,140  128,200 
 Germany   468,314  408,063  422,047  295,876  53,563 
 Belgium   296,368  287,850  317,292  418,344  125,252 
 U.K. 350,621  294,995  443,501  201,892  57,420 
 Finland   91,890  100,758  114,165  64,986  9,044 
 Denmark    96,812  94,791  90,452  74,743  17,762 
 Sweden   101,000  76,916  78,369  88,840  19,000 
 Netherlands   51,310  66,219  80,703  49,128  10,280 
 Ireland   35,145  31,140  38,900  56,924  7,000 
 Austria   8,840  8,620  60,211  16,954  6,039 
 Spain   2,400  5,640  10,000 
 Greece   1,744  1,306  979  130 
 Portugal   221  85  695  850  272 
 Total EU 15  2,205,799  2,038,157  2,432,075  1,942,807  429,772
 New EU members  May-June, 04     
 Czech Republic       34,340  82,062  14,633 
 Poland       7,604  32,084 
 Hungary       2,830  85,792  10,403 
 Slovakia       1,000  76,916  26,040 
 Total EU 25   2,205,799  2,038,157  2,477,849  2,219,661  484,907 

  Total Wheat malt, tonnes  
Total 2001-2002    12,805 
Total 2002-2003    30,908 
Total 2003-2004    15,768 
Total 2004-2005    8,162 
July 01 –September 27, 2005    1,573 
  Total Roasted malt, tonnes  
Total 2001-2002    23,480 
Total 2002-2003    23,603 
Total 2003-2004    24,438 
Total 2004–2005    27,212 
July 01 - September 27, 2005    7,641 
Graph of the week

October 2005:
Custom Brewcrafters Autumn Festival Of Ales
7th Annual Charlotte Oktoberfest
MBAA Brewing & Malting Science Course
BJ's Beer Appreciation Night Woodland Hills - Oktoberfest
International Beer Summit / Kokusai Beer Matsuri
5th 2005 Technical Symposium, "The US Brewing Industry Considered
10th Annual World Beer Festival
5th Annual Autumn Brew Review
Anuga 2005, is a biennial show and is known as the world
Maryland Brewer's Oktoberfest
Great Decatur Beer Tasting Festival 2005 organised in Georgia, USA
Falmouth Oyster Festival with beer and oysters
Nottingham Beer Festival.Over 350 different casks of real ale
Falmouth Beer Festival Cornwall CAMRA
28th Norwich Beer Festival, is organised by the Norwich & Norfolk Branch
New England Beer Fest,a celebration of the local New England Beer Scene
Malt and Malting Barley Symposium

November 2005:
Weekend of Belgian BeersFestival
Brew BLAST. Annual Beer, Lager, Ale, and Stout Tasting
Georgia Craft Brew Challenge
Maine Beer Festival
US Grains Council International Malt Barley & Malting Buyers Conference San Francisco,
GlobalGrain 2005 For more information on GlobalGrain 2005
Regina Festiv-Ale. A premium beer festival featuring the best beer from Canada
Brewtopia. The event has two tasting sessions, local brews, live entertainment, food
Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer
Great International Beer Festival
Phinney Neighborhood Association Beer Taste
Orlando Beer Festival
Great Brews of America Beerfest
5th International Forum " Drinks Industry 2005"

December 2005:
Americas Food & Beverage Show
BevTech / BrewTech International Exhibition
Holiday Ale Festival
Beer Tasting & Education
Great Welsh Beer & Cider Festival
10th Annual Holiday Ale Festival
9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival
Charity Beer Walk features...
December Holidaze Beer Tasting
Kerstbierfestival (11th Christmas Beer Festival). O.B.E.R.

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