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Average Market Prices Change trend

April 18, 2008

Type Crop 2007 Crop 2008
2rs Barley €248.0-250.0 €259.0-261.0
6rw Barley €221.0-223.0 €233.0-235.0
2rs Malt €505.0-507.0 €501.5-503.5
6rw Malt €470.5-472.5 €468.5-470.5
Feed Barley €183.0-185.0 nq

Note: Just click on the price link and you will be led to our Market Price History. Average barley market prices are French and are estimated on FOB Creil basis. Average Malt Prices are theoretical and based FOB Antwerp being estimated on French malting barley. The changes are compared to last Newsletter's prices. Arrows indicate the direction of the change.

Top Industry News

Chile: Chile’s largest brewer CCU to invest $400 million through 2010 to expand production capacity ...Click here
Netherlands: Heineken Holding N.V. Annual General Meeting of Shareholders approves acquisition of Scottish & Newcastle ...Click here
Australia: Light beer loses ground to stronger alcohol ...Click here
India: Asia Pacific Breweries plans to set a brewery in North India ...Click here
South Africa: South African Breweries (SAB) has reported flat volume growth in 2007 ...Click here
Australia: Country’s largest malt-maker, Joe White Maltings is set to increase production ...Click here
Japan: Ministry of Agriculture purchases 179,740 MT of feed barley at the SBS tender ...Click here
Europe: Denmark strongly increased its spring barley sowing areas ...Click here
USA: Hops price surge moves U.S. top grower state to plant more ...Click here

UK: Lancashire brewery staff face wait over jobs future ...More Info
Solomon Islands: Beer prices to increase after tax rise ...More Info
India: Brazil's AmBev local currency issuer rating outlook raised to positive ...More Info
Luxembourg: Quilmes Industrial (Quinsa) announces no further conversions of Class A shares into Class B shares shall be permitted ...More Info
China: Tsingtao Brewery Group is getting ready for Beijing 2008 Olympic Games ...More Info
Switzerland: Lausanne hosts Switzerland's largest beer festival ...More Info
USA: Hofbrauhaus Celebrates Its 2,000,000 liter of beer ...More Info
USA: Aladdin Beverage places first order for the Patagonia Blond Ale ...More Info
UK: SABMiller froths up but fails to keep FTSE buoyant ...More Info
USA: Alaskan Brewing gets recognized ...More Info
UK: Shepherd Neame brews special ale to celebrate the Hastings Jack in the Green Festival ...More Info
USA: Coors Brewing Company launches new aluminium beer can end ...More Info
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Brewery News

Chile: Chile’s largest brewer CCU to invest $400 million through 2010 to expand production capacity
Chile's largest brewer, CCU, said it plans to invest some $400 million through 2010, mainly to expanding its production capacity at existing plants, according ...More Info

Netherlands: Heineken Holding N.V. Annual General Meeting of Shareholders approves acquisition of Scottish & Newcastle

Heineken Holding N.V. announced that its Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) has adopted all proposals on the agenda of the annual meeting of Heineken Holding N.V, according to Heineken’s press release, April 17. The most important resolutions and announcements are listed below. Acquisition Scottish & Newcastle plc

The AGM has approved the acquisition by Sunrise Acquisitions Ltd., a company jointly owned by Heineken N.V. and Carlsberg A/S, of the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Scottish & Newcastle plc and the subsequent 100% shareholding by Heineken N.V. of Sunrise Acquisitions Ltd. after transfer by it of certain businesses of Scottish & Newcastle plc to Carlsberg A/S. Dividend

The Board of Directors announced the distribution of a dividend over 2007 of €0.70 per ordinary share of €1.60 nominal value. Since an interim dividend of €0.24 was paid on 20 September 2007, the final dividend will be €0.46 per ordinary share. The final dividend will be made payable as of Friday 25 April 2008. Heineken Holding N.V. shares will be quoted ex-dividend on Monday 21 April 2008.

Australia: Light beer loses ground to stronger alcohol
Australians are turning their backs on lower-strength beers and boosting sales of higher-alcohol pre-mixed drinks, fuelling fresh concerns that the nation's young are developing ...More Info

India: Asia Pacific Breweries plans to set a brewery in North India
Asia Pacific Breweries said it is looking at either setting up a brewery in north India or acquiring an existing one, but has not ...More Info

South Africa: South African Breweries (SAB) has reported flat volume growth in 2007

South African Breweries (SAB) has reported flat volume growth in SA although it lost Amstel last March, Business Day reported April 17. The licence to brew Amstel, which accounted for 9% of SA sales, was yanked by Heineken and the beer is now fully imported. SAB initially expected to gain back 4,5% of its Amstel share and the launch of Hansa Marzen Gold just after SA ran out of Amstel was well received. Other brands in the SAB stable also benefited, such as Castle Light. A fuller picture should emerge when full year results are released next month.

Heineken did not get the brew back into SA until October. The move was costly -- importing full bottles cannot be cheap -- and now there is a R4.7bn investment by it and partner Diageo in a brewery.

Just how much market it commands is not clear, but it cannot be more than 10%, as SAB had 98% before losing Amstel. But SAB doesn't seem worried. The brewery will be up only at the end of next year, and SAB has proven its ability to hold on to market share.

Malt News

Australia: Country’s largest malt-maker, Joe White Maltings is set to increase production
Australia’s largest malt manufacturer, Joe White Maltings, is set to increase production at its Devonport plant to keep up with increased demand, ABB reported ...More Info

Barley News

Japan: Ministry of Agriculture purchases 179,740 MT of feed barley at the SBS tender
Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) held its second 2008 Simultaneous Buy and Sell (SBS) program for feed barley on April 16, ...More Info

Europe: Denmark strongly increased its spring barley sowing areas
After several transactions in old crop, the malting barley market was calm this week, according to La Depeche, April 18. The operators are in ...More Info

Hops News

USA: Hops price surge moves U.S. top grower state to plant more
A rare and dramatic surge in the price of hops used in beer-brewing is drawing more farmland and investment into the crop in Washington, ...More Info
Scientific Digest

Agricultural drought and spring barley yields in the Czech Republic

M. Trnka1, P. Hlavinka1, D. Semerádová1, M. Dubrovský2, Z. Žalud1, M. Možný3

1Institute of Agrosystems and Bioclimatology, Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry in Brno, Czech Republic; 2Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic; 3Agrometeorological Observatory in Doksany, Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, Prague, Czech Republic

The relationship between detrended district yields of spring barley (1961–2000) and meteorological drought was assessed by Palmer Z-index. We found that the seasonal water balance (April–June) significantly (P = 0.05) influences the spring barley production in 51 out of 62 evaluated districts. Coefficients of correlation varied in individual districts from 0.19 to 0.70, with the highest values being found in southern Moravia. Data analysis revealed the presence of six distinct groups of districts with a specific drought-yield relationship. The most drought-sensitive cluster included five districts in the South East of the country. On the other hand, the districts in Northern Moravia and Silesia belong among the least sensitive to agricultural drought. The study also defined threshold values of seasonal drought (sums of relative Palmer Z-index lower than –8 and –10, respectively), below which medium to severe spring barley yield reductions are very likely, regardless of the district of occurrence.
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* - 70/30 = 70% Average two Rows Spring and 30% Six Rows Winter
** - 50/50 = 50% Average two Rows Spring and 50% Six Rows Winter

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