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French Barley/Malt
Crop 2019
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 159.50-161.50 down0.62%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 160.00-162.00 -
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) 160.00-162.00down0.62%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 352.00-354.00 down0.35%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 353.00-355.00 -
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2020
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 172.50-174.50 up0.58%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 170.00-172.00 -
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 366.50-368.50 up0.34%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 363.50-365.50 -
German Malting Barley
Crop 2019
Ex Farm
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Danish Malting Barley
Crop 2019
Free on truck
Ex Farm
Malting Barley (East) 1,184.00-1,186.00 down0.84%
Malting Barley (West) 1,214.00-1,216.00 up1.67%
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Malt news Ireland: Boortmalt’s new malting plant up and running ...Click here

Brewery news USA: US breweries shipments decline by 0.8% despite strong finish to 2019 ...Click here
Brewery news China: Beer industry reports production increase in 2019 ...Click here
Brewery news Russia: Beer production down 0.1% in 2019 ...Click here
Brewery news Vietnam: Sabeco’s 2019 post-tax profits surge 22% ...Click here

Barley news Canada: 2019-20 barley production increases to 10.4 mln tonnes ...Click here

Whisky news World: Diageo set to post higher half-year profits despite US whisky tariffs implementation ...Click here
Whisky news Japan & UK: Suntory buys 10% of owner of The Macallan, Highland Park and The Famous Grouse whisky brands ...Click here

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Brewery news Brazil: Heineken denies report saying Coca-Cola Brasil filed lawsuit to annul its acquisition of Brasil Kirin ...Click here
Whisky news India: United Spirits report 35% increase in net profit for quarter ended December 2019 ...Click here
Brewery news Australia: CUB’s Cascade Brewery switches to canning free drinking water to help communities affected by natural disasters ...Click here
Brewery news UK: Alcohol consumption down in Scotland since introduction of minimum price law ...Click here
Brewery news Nigeria: Struggling economy making Nigerians turn to traditional brew ...Click here

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These Days in Business History

27 January
1880 - Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp
1888 - National Geographic Society organizes
1926 - 1st public demonstration of television by John L Baird, London
2006 - Western Union discontinues its Telegram and Commercial Messaging services

28 January
1878 - 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, CT)
1878 - Yale Daily News published, 1st college daily newspaper
1998 - Michelangelo's "Christ & the Woman of Samaria", sold for $7.4 million

29 January
1886 - 1st successful gasoline-driven car patented, Karl Benz, Karlsruhe
1986 - 193.8 million shares traded in NY Stock Exchange
1988 - United Airlines Boeing 747SP, circles world in 36h54m15s


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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Malt newsIreland: Boortmalt’s new malting plant up and running
Boortmalt’s new maltings plant is up and running, AgriLand reported on January 28.

The new Buhler maltings, which will produce 40,000 tonnes of malt per ...More info on site

BreweryBrewery News Brewery

Brewery news USA: US breweries shipments decline by 0.8% despite strong finish to 2019
Despite a strong finish to 2019, U.S. brewers shipped nearly 1.4 million fewer barrels of beer in 2019 compared to 2018, according to the Beer Institute (BI), which cited unofficial estimates of domestic tax paid shipments from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

For the full year, U.S. breweries shipped and estimated 165,499,000 barrels of beer, a decline of 0.8% from 2018, when shipments totaled 166,879,555 barrels.

Nevertheless, December marked the strongest month of shipments in 2019, as shipments increased 4.7% compared to 2018.

In the final month of 2019, beer companies shipped about 13.6 million barrels of beer, but it wasn’t enough to make up for seven months of declines in 2019, including steep declines in June (-5.1%) and August (-6.4%).

The first estimates of 2020 are slated to be released on February 27.

Brewery newsChina: Beer industry reports production increase in 2019
The Chinese National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) released data showing that the beer industry in China has posted a strong growth in the earlier ...More info on site

Brewery newsRussia: Beer production down 0.1% in 2019
According to the latest report by state statistics service Rosstat, Russia’s beer production in 2019 dropped by 0.1% to 77.1 mln hl.

In December 2019 ...More info on site

Brewery newsVietnam: Sabeco’s 2019 post-tax profits surge 22%
Post-tax profits surged 22 percent year-on-year for Vietnam’s largest brewer Sabeco, reaching VND5.37 trillion ($231.96 million), its highest annual profit ever, VNExpress International reported ...More info on site

Brewery news Brazil: Heineken denies report saying Coca-Cola Brasil filed lawsuit to annul its acquisition of Brasil Kirin
Heineken, the world's second largest brewer, denied on January 26 a Brazilian newspaper report, which said that Coca-Cola Brasil had filed a lawsuit seeking to annul Heineken's 2017 acquisition of Brasil Kirin.

The Valor Economico newspaper said that the filing in a Brazilian court accused the Dutch brewer of designing a sale contract for Brasil Kirin with the intention of breaking the distribution contract the company had with Coca Cola.

However, Heineken said it understood the lawsuit from Coca-Cola Brasil and Brazilian Coke bottlers was not threatening the acquisition, which made it the number two player in the country, the world's third-largest beer market.

Last October, an arbitration tribunal decided Heineken must keep distributing Brasil Kirin's products via the Coca-Cola network until March 2022, keeping the dates in the original contract. Heineken had wanted to sell its new and existing brands via its own distribution system.

Heineken said on January 26 it had become aware of the lawsuit through public sources, but believed the suit was not aimed at annulling its 2017 acquisition of Kirin's business in Japan.

Coca-Cola Brasil and the Brazilian Coke bottlers, it said, were seeking compensation for Heineken's plan to sell the portfolio of beers bought with the Kirin acquisition through ...More info on site

Brewery news Australia: CUB’s Cascade Brewery switches to canning free drinking water to help communities affected by natural disasters
CUB’s Cascade Brewery has produced 360,000 cans of free drinking water to date, for distribution to communities around Australia whose water supplies are affected by natural disasters, Food & Drink Business reported on January 24.

The brewery switched off beer production on January 22 to produce 120,000 of the cans as part of CUB’s Disaster Relief Program, which launched in December 2018. Cans are transported to communities affected by disasters such as fires, floods, or droughts when requested by governments or organisations on the ground.

According to CUB, the 360,000 cans produced at Cascade to date have included 90,000 distributed to bushfire relief efforts in NSW and on Kangaroo Island; 80,000 to Townsville after last year’s floods; and more sent to drought-stricken communities in Queensland and NSW.

“Producing these cans is a logical focus for our relief efforts. Water is a critical part of our brewing process and we have the canning capability and transport networks to make a program such as this work.

“This is a small way for Cascade and Carlton & United Breweries to support regional and rural communities across Australia who are in crisis, and we’re proud to be doing so,” the company said.

CUB is also assisting bushfire relief with ...More info on site

Brewery news UK: Alcohol consumption down in Scotland since introduction of minimum price law
The amount of alcohol bought in shops in Scotland has dropped since the introduction of minimum unit pricing, research indicates, insider.co.uk reported on January 28.

Analysis of off-licence sales over the year following the 50p per unit lower limit being introduced in May 2018 shows a 3.6% drop in the volume of pure alcohol being sold per adult in Scotland, from 7.4 to 7.1 litres.

This is equivalent to a reduction of 26 units each annually - around 12 pints of average strength beer.

Despite the reduction, the sales equate to every adult in Scotland drinking around 27 bottles of vodka a year.

Sales of cider fell most sharply, by 18.6% per adult as prices rose 13p per unit on average to 56p.

Fortified wine - which had no price change from 60p per unit - was the only drink category to show an increase, up 16.4%.

The findings indicate an average rise in price of 5p per unit to 60p immediately following the minimum unit pricing change.

Spirits were down 3.8%, wine fell 3% and beer sales dropped 1.1%.

Beer and spirits both rose 6p per unit on average, to 57p and 58p respectively, while wine jumped by 14p to around 61p.

The amount of alcohol bought at ...More info on site

Brewery news Nigeria: Struggling economy making Nigerians turn to traditional brew
Government worker Iorliam Shija sits in one of the ramshackle bars along the banks of the Benue river in central Nigeria sipping from a gourd filled with frothy burukutu, France 24 reported on January 28.

The vinegary alcoholic beverage has been made here for generations from the fermented grains of sorghum and millet and consumed as a traditional alternative to beer.

Now, as Nigeria's economy struggles to grow, the local brew is enjoying a boom from clients looking for a cheaper option.

"If you have beer or burukutu, I will go with burukutu," Shija told AFP.

"It is natural and it is what our people are used to drinking."

Even though it is still early, the makeshift joints are already filled with drinkers young and old, male and female.

Women ladle the brownish liquid - which typically varies in strength from around four to 10 percent alcohol - out of large clay pots into dried calabashes for customers to drink alone or in a group.

Typically burukutu - which has its roots with the Jukun people of central and north Nigeria - is consumed by all stratas of society and serves as an important focal point for social gatherings.

But those partaking say that as Nigeria's economy limps ...More info on site

BarleyBarley News Barley

Barley news Canada: 2019-20 barley production increases to 10.4 mln tonnes
For 2019-20, barley production in Canada increased to 10.4 million tonnes, largely due to higher harvested area and higher yields, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada said in its January report.

The total supply of barley increased by 17% from 2018-19 as higher production more-than offset the decrease in carry-in stocks which are historically low.

The domestic use of barley is expected to increase significantly from 2018-19, largely due to higher feed use.

Exports are expected to increase slightly (to 3.1 mln tonnes) while carry-out stocks increase sharply to 1.8 mln tonnes.

The average price of feed barley is expected to be lower than 2018-19 due to the increased supply in Canada, the US and around the world. The supply of barley in the US increased due to higher production and projection for higher imports, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Carry-out stocks are forecast to rise due to an increase in supply exceeding the growth in total use.

World barley production and supply increased to the highest level since 1994-95. Barley production increased in the major exporting countries, including the EU, Russia and Ukraine. World trade is projected to rise due to higher supply and forecasts for increased ...More info on site

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Whisky news World: Diageo set to post higher half-year profits despite US whisky tariffs implementation
Spirits giant Diageo is set to post higher half-year profits and sales as investors wait to learn the impact of US tariffs on its whisky brands, Yahoo! Finance reported on January 24.

The Talisker and Singleton maker saw its Scotch whisky exports to the US hit with a 25% tariff on single malt at the end of last year.

The impact of the tax on Diageo will be revealed when it issues its first-half trading update on Thursday January 30.

“Alcohol has been one of the areas targeted with additional tariffs in recent trade clashes, so investors will be keen to hear Diageo has weathered the storm so far,” said Hargreaves Lansdown equity analyst Nicholas Hyett.

“The group exports Scotch whisky around the world, has invested heavily in Asia, and been growing its US bourbon business.”

However, shareholders will hope that the company’s raft of blended whisky brands, including Johnny Walker and Buchanan’s, will help to reduce the impact, as these were exempt from October’s wave of tariffs.

Despite the potential impact of the US government’s taxation, analysts have forecast 4.2% organic net sales growth for the six months to December.

They also expect organic operating profit growth of 4% for the period, rising to 6% by ...More info on site

Whisky newsJapan & UK: Suntory buys 10% of owner of The Macallan, Highland Park and The Famous Grouse whisky brands
Japanese drinks group Suntory has bought 10% of the shares in Edrington, the owner of whisky brands including The Macallan, Highland Park and The ...More info on site

Whisky news India: United Spirits report 35% increase in net profit for quarter ended December 2019
United Spirits Ltd (USL) on January 27 reported a 35% increase in net profit for quarter ended December, helped by premium portfolio, savings in operating costs and lower marketing reinvestment rate. The maker of McDowell whisky and Romanov vodka posted net profit of Rs 258.8 crore during the third quarter compared to Rs 192.4 crore a year ago.

Total income at the country’s largest liquor firm controlled by Diageo Plc was flat at Rs 7,824.8 crore, up 0.15%.

“We saw a sequential improvement in the current quarter with overall sales growing, led by our ‘prestige and above’ portfolio, even as the broader consumption slowdown continued to weigh on the overall business,” said Anand Kripalu, MD and CEO of Diageo India, in a stock exchange filing. “We continued to experience substantial inflation in our key raw material costs resulting in significant compression in gross margin.”

Gross margin was 44.4%, down 421 basis points compared to last year, primarily due to the adverse impact of input cost inflation. While prestige and above segment net sales grew 8%, popular segment sales declined 5%.

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