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1 EUR = 1.4495 CAD
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1 EUR = 122.0000 JPY
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1 USD = 4.1949 BRL
1 USD = 61.7500 RUB
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French Barley/Malt
Crop 2019
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 160.50-162.50 -
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 160.00-162.00 down0.62%
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) 161.00-163.00down0.61%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 353.50-355.50 -
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 353.00-355.00 down0.35%
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2020
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 171.50-173.50 -
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 170.00-172.00 down0.58%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 365.00-367.00 -
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 363.50-365.50 down0.34%
German Malting Barley
Crop 2019
Ex Farm
Average Malting Barley Price nq  
Danish Malting Barley
Crop 2019
Free on truck
Ex Farm
Malting Barley (East) 1,194.00-1,196.00 down0.83%
Malting Barley (West) 1,194.00-1,196.00 down0.83%
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Brewery news China: China Resources Beer expects at least 30% full-year net profit increase ...Click here
Brewery news Vietnam: Vietnam's new drunk-driving law makes beer sales drop ...Click here
Brewery news USA: Molson Coors acquires Detroit’s largest brewery ...Click here
Brewery news Croatia: Craft breweries aspiring to increase market share from current 2-3% ...Click here

Whisky news Ireland: Irish drinks brands diversifying into new and emerging markets ...Click here

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Barley news France: Survey shows wheat, winter barley area decline this year ...Click here
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Brewery news UK: UK drinks industry embarks on low-alcohol trend ...Click here
Brewery news Australia: Deadline for ACCC submissions on Asahi-CUB deal is January 22 ...Click here
Brewery news Brazil: Ambev aims at ending plastic pollution in packaging ...Click here

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These Days in Business History

20 January
1781 - 1st edition of Pieter It Hoens "Post of Neder-Rhijn" published
1872 - Californian Stock Exchange Board organized
1995 - Russian ruble drops to 3,947 per dollar (record)

21 January
1846 - 1st edition of Charles Dickens' "Daily News"
1976 - Supersonic Concorde, 1st commercial flights, by Britain and France
1994 - Dow Jones passes 3900 (record 3,914.20)

22 January
1967 - The microwave oven is invented
1970 - 1st commercial Boeing 747 flight, New York to London in 6 hours


January 2020:
31 - 01 February: Braukunst Live! 2020 (Munich, Germany)

February 2020:
04 - 08: Great British Beer Festival Winter 2020 (Norwich, UK)
07 - 10: HoReCa 2020 (Athens, Greece)
07 - 09: Finest Spirits 2020 (Munich, Germany)
15 - 18: Beer Attraction 2020 (Rimini, Italy)

March 2020:
09 - 11: 107 Brewing and Engineering Conference 2020 (Leipzig, Germany)
11 - 15: Festival Brasileiro da Cerveja 2020 (Blumenau, Brazil)
11 - 12: BeerX 2020 (Liverpool, UK)
13 - 15: Barcelona Beer Festival 2020 (Barcelona, Spain)
16 - 20: IBD Asia Pacific Convention 2020 (Perth, Australia)
19 - 21: Korea International Beer Expo 2020 (Seoul, South Korea)
24 - 26: Modern Brewing Technologies 2020 (Moscow, Russia)
24 - 26: Beviale Moscow 2020 (Moscow, Russia)

April 2020:
01 - 02: Expo Antad & Alimentaria Mexico 2020 (Expo Guadalajara, Mexico)
03 - 04: Helsinki Beer Festival 2020 (Helsinki, Finland)
05 - 08: 14th International Trends in Brewing "Beer & Society" 2020 (Leuven, Belgium)
16 - 18: Zurich Bier Festival 2020 (Zurich, Switzerland)
19 - 22: Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America 2020 (San Antonio, Texas, USA)
25 - 26: Zythos Beer Festival 2020 (Leuven, Belgium)

May 2020:
01 - 02: Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend 2020 (Tallinn, Estonia)
05 - 07: International Beer Strategies Conference 2020 (Munich, Germany)
13 - 15: Craft Beer China 2020 (Shanghai, China)
14 - 16: Copenhagen Beer Festival 2020 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
15 - 17: Mondial de la Biere - Paris 2020 (Paris, France)
18 - 24: Budapest Beer Week 2020 (Budapest, Hungary)
19 - 21: Beer 2020 (Sochi, Russia)
21 - 24: Mondial de la Biere 2020 (Montreal, Canada)
22 - 30: Latvia Beer Festival 2020 (Riga, Latvia)
25 - 27: Africa Brewing Conference 2020 (Maputo, Mozambique)

June 2020:
03 - 04: The Brewers of Europe Forum 2020 (Antwerp, Belgium)
04 - 07: Mondial de la Biere - Sao Paulo 2020 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
04 - 07: Wiener Bierfest 2020 (Vienna, Austria)

July 2020:
01 - 02: Craft Drinks India 2020 (Bangalore, India)
29 - 31: Beviale Mexico 2020 (Guadalajara, Mexico)

August 2020:
01 - 04: World Brewing Congress 2020 (Minneapolis, USA)
07 - 08: Beervana 2020 (Wellington, New Zealand)
13 - 15: VIETFOOD & BEVERAGE - VIETNAM 2020 (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

September 2020:
03 - 07: Mondial de la Biere Rio 2020 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
14 - 25: Craft Brewing in Practice 2020 (Berlin, Germany)
19 - 04 October: Oktoberfest 2020 (Munich, Germany)
21 - 23: 11th Ibero-American VLB Symposium 2020 (Barcelona, Spain)

October 2020:
13 - 16: China Brew & China Beverage (CBB) 2020 (Shanghai, China)
29 - 30: Sea Brew 2020 (Taipei, Taiwan)

November 2020:
10 - 12: Brau Beviale 2020 (Nuremberg, Germany)
25 - 27: Drink Japan 2020 (Tokyo, Japan)

December 2020:
09 - 11: Drink Technology India 2020 (Mumbai, India)

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Brewery newsChina: China Resources Beer expects at least 30% full-year net profit increase
China Resources Beer expects full-year net profit to increase by at least 30 percent year-on-year, the Hong Kong Standard reported on January 20.

This is ...More info on site

Brewery news Vietnam: Vietnam's new drunk-driving law makes beer sales drop
Vietnam’s new get-tough-on-drunk-driving law is reining in one of the world’s fastest-growing beer markets, the Bangkok Post reported on January 21.

Beer sales in the country have dropped by at least 25% since strict penalties on inebriated drivers took effect on Jan 1, and the police have issued more than 6,200 fines, according to local media. The Vietnam Beer Alcohol Beverage Association, which represents domestic and international brewers, says its members are complaining about a plunge in sales of the amber drink.

“Just look at any beer places and you will see how empty they are these days,” said Luong Xuan Dung, the group’s general secretary. “Falling beer sales are a reality. We haven’t got an exact number of the decline in alcohol sales yet, but they have definitely dropped a lot.”

Heineken NV, a major foreign beer brand in Vietnam, fell as much as 4.6%, its biggest intraday drop since July 29.

Beer companies, which complain that the punishments are too harsh, have cut prices to shore up demand ahead of the boozy Tet Lunar New Year holiday.

Vietnam’s crackdown, a response to several high-profile accidents last year, has come as a surprise to many in the nation of hearty drinkers with a history ...More info on site

Brewery news USA: Molson Coors acquires Detroit’s largest brewery
Detroit’s largest brewery has been sold to the craft beer division of Molson Coors, Fox17 reported on January 22.

The sale of Atwater Brewery to Tenth and Blake is expected to be completed within the next couple of months, according to the company. Terms of the sale weren’t disclosed.

“The agreement with Tenth and Blake is both the culmination of our past and the catapult to our future,” Atwater Brewery owner Mark Rieth said in a release. “For Atwater to continue to grow, it will require both capital and brewing expertise. Tenth and Blake brings both, which makes them the ideal strategic partner to help us continue to live our mantra, ‘Born in Detroit. Raised everywhere.”

Atwater was created in 1997 and has become known for beers like Dirty Blonde and Vanilla Java Porter. The Detroit-based brewery also has locations in Grand Rapids and Grosse Pointe Park.

Brewery news Croatia: Craft breweries aspiring to increase market share from current 2-3%
Beers produced by craft- and microbreweries are getting more and more popular in Croatia, and currently some 80 breweries of this kind are aspiring to increase their market share from the current 2%-3% to 10% in the coming years, Total Croatia News reported on January 21.

According to the head of the Croatian association of craft and microbreweries, Krešo Marić, the average Croatian beer lover can recognise a difference between craft beers and lagers, and in this context he says that it is like comparing prosciutto to processed meat.

In Croatia, the annual beer consumption is 83 litres per capita, and the ranking is topped by the Czech Republic where the average annual consumption is 143 litres per capita.

The amount of beer production in Croatia is 3.4 million hectolitres annually, which puts the country on the 22nd place in the European Union.

The brewing and consumption of craft beer in the total production and consumption in Croatia is between 2% and 3%, according to Marić.

Since 2013 when the first craft- and microbreweries appeared in the country, at least 400 jobs have been created in that segment, Marić says.

Craft brewing enhances reputation of the whole beer sector, and therefore some of the big breweries ...More info on site

Brewery news South Korea: Giants struggling to sell whisky in South Korea
Following news that Edrington is closing its office in South Korea, new data reveals why spirits giants are struggling to sell Scotch in the region, The Drinks Business reported on January 17.

Whisky still makes up around 40% of the overall whisk(e)y market in South Korea, but large producers such as Pernod Ricard, Diageo and Edrington have struggled as sales declined over the past decade.

Pernod Ricard announced the sale of its Imperial Scotch brand last year, while Diageo announced plans to close its bottling plant in Incheon.

Since peaking in 2002, Scotch volumes have fallen by 75%, driven by declines in local brands aimed at the traditional on-trade (TOT) market, such as Diageo’s Windsor and Pernod Ricard’s Imperial,

Edrington confirmed to The Drinks Business it would cease its South Korean operations in March this year, though, according to Tommy Keeling, IWSR’s Research Director for Asia Pacific, this might be due to factors outside of the country’s dwindling Scotch sales.

“Edrington’s business in South Korea is focused on single malts, which is a growing category in the country,” notes Keeling.

Sales of these whiskies are driven in the traditional on-trade, in premises such as karaoke or hostess bars, but over the past 10 years, this sector ...More info on site

Brewery news Myanmar: Chang beer still smuggled into Myanmar despite local production
Months after Emerald Brewery began producing Chang in Yangon, large quantities of the Thai beer are still being smuggled openly across the border at Myawaddy in a racket dominated by the Kayin Border Guard Force, the Frontier Myanmar reported on January 18.

A young woman in the tight black and dark green dress approaches a table of men drinking beer. “Did you know Chang Beer is now made in Myanmar?” she asks. Behind her, a small sign in the restaurant advertises that Chang is “officially served” and that it’s “Time for a Change”.

These are fairly standard promotional techniques for a consumer goods company that has just entered a new market. But the examples also reflect the slightly unusual nature of the market entry challenge for Emerald Brewery, which began producing Chang Beer at a factory north of Yangon in late September. It assumes most customers already know Chang: what it wants them to know is that it’s now made legally in Myanmar.

Emerald Brewery is a US$70 million joint venture between Singapore’s Fraser & Neave Limited and two local partners, and it brews Chang under licence from its strategic partner, Thai Beverage Public Company Limited.

The brewery venture marks Fraser & Neave’s return ...More info on site

Brewery news UK: UK drinks industry embarks on low-alcohol trend
The UK drinks industry has embarked on a detox that extends beyond January with companies racing to bring out “nolo” (no- or low-alcohol) beers, spirits and cocktails to satisfy a thirst for hangover-free drinking, The Guardian reported on January 20.

The Scottish beer giant Brewdog started this year by opening the “world’s first alcohol-free beer bar” in London. At face value the move seems counter-intuitive but sales of no- and low-alcohol drinks were worth £60 mln to the pub trade last year – a near-50% increase, according to research firm CGA. The booze-free drink market is worth at least double that if supermarket sales are taken into account as Britons try to cut their alcohol intake at home too.

With an estimated 4.2 million UK consumers trying to stick to a “dry January” pledge, the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), estimates that nearly 5 mln pints of low and no-alcohol beer will be bought this month. But for many people, abstaining from booze is already a lifestyle choice with more than one in five adults teetotal, according to official figures. The world’s biggest brewers and drinks makers have been quick to spot the opportunity. Johnnie Walker owner Diageo has non-alcoholic spirit ...More info on site

Brewery news Australia: Deadline for ACCC submissions on Asahi-CUB deal is January 22
The deadline for interested parties to make submissions to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) regarding Asahi’s proposed acquisition of Carlton & United Breweries is this Wednesday, January 22, The Shout reported.

In December last year the competition watchdog said that it had some concerns that the proposed deal would reduce competition in the market for cider and may also reduce competition in the beer market.

At the time, ACCC Chair Rod Sims said: “The proposed acquisition would combine the two largest suppliers of cider in a highly concentrated market.

“A combined Asahi-CUB would control the Somersby, Strongbow, Mercury and Bulmers cider brands, which account for about two thirds of cider sales. We are concerned that the proposed acquisition may lead to higher cider prices.”

“Asahi argued to us that cider and beer are part of the same market, but our preliminary view is that cider is a separate market and drinkers do not readily switch between beer and cider,” Mr Sims said.

“The ACCC also has preliminary competition concerns about the highly concentrated beer market. While Asahi is currently a relatively small brewer in Australia, accounting for approximately 3.5 per cent of beer sales here, our preliminary view is that Asahi may act ...More info on site

Brewery news Brazil: Ambev aims at ending plastic pollution in packaging
Brazilian beverages company Ambev SA has set an ambitious target of eliminating plastic pollution in its packaging by 2025, in a push that an executive said on January 20 has the potential to generate approximately 1 billion reais ($239.09 million) in business, KFGO News reported.

Latin America's largest brewer is partnering with stakeholders, including suppliers, recycling cooperatives, startups and universities to have all its beverages either in returnable packaging or made of 100% recycled material.

"Today 40% of our beers already use returnable packaging, but as we made progress our dream got bigger and we decided to end plastic pollution in our packaging," Ambev's vice-president of sustainability and supply chain, Rodrigo Figueiredo, said in an interview.

He did not say how much it would cost.

The new target, which is part of a broader effort by parent company Anheuser Busch InBev, follows a global trend to step up recycling and phase out plastic containers, as consumers shift towards greener alternatives.

In October, the Brazilian subsidiary of AB InBev announced its first water in aluminum cans, AMA, which according to Figueiredo is likely to be distributed in February.

Ambev has invested a total of 17.5 billion reais between 2014 and 2018 in multiple initiatives to adopt even ...More info on site

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Barley news France: Survey shows wheat, winter barley area decline this year
The area sown with soft wheat for this year's harvest in France, the European Union's biggest grain producer, is estimated to have declined by 10% compared with 2019 to a 19-year low after heavy rain disrupted field work, a survey showed on January 17.

The area was seen at 4.47 million hectares, down from 4.97 million hectares last year, Sigma Conseil, a market analysis firm, said in a survey of French grain handling firms.

Like Britain, France experienced very wet weather during autumn that hampered sowing of wheat and barley crops before winter.

France's farm ministry in December estimated the soft wheat area for the 2020 harvest would be down nearly 5%, but traders and analysts have pointed to the prospect of a double-digit drop.

Sigma Conseil, part of French agricultural cooperative SCAEL, said its national area figure included 120,000 hectares estimated to have been sown since Christmas due to improved weather conditions.

The wheat area estimate remained tentative, as some sowing work was continuing in southwest France while grain firms also feared that some struggling wheat plants may have to be dug up and replaced with other crops, Sigma Conseil said.

It projected French soft wheat production in 2020 at 33.3 million tonnes, down from ...More info on site

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Whisky news Ireland: Irish drinks brands diversifying into new and emerging markets
The US was the largest market for Irish drinks exports in 2019, followed by the UK, France, Germany and Canada, RTE.ie reported on January 20.

But the Irish drinks industry continues to expand into new and emerging export markets like Angola, Japan and South Korea, according to new analysis of Eurostat data and Bord Bia research by Drinks Ireland.

Drinks Ireland is the representative body for drinks manufacturers and suppliers in Ireland.

Patricia Callan, Director of Drinks Ireland, said that with ongoing global trade uncertainties in the UK and the US as a result of Brexit and tariffs, it is promising to see that Irish drinks brands are diversifying into new and emerging markets.

"Consumers around the world are responding positively to the quality and heritage associated with these products, as well as their great taste," Ms Callan said.

She noted that Irish whiskey and cream liqueur in particular are well-positioned to continue to grow, as they are both protected by Geographic Indications, which means they must be made in Ireland and abide by certain standards.

"Ireland's beer production is expected to continue on its current trajectory of moderate export growth, with the country's heritage and provenance in the category allowing it to ...More info on site

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