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Wednesday, 19 January 2005
Crop 2004
2rs Barley €108.5     
6rw Barley €100.5     
2rs Malt €239.5     
6rw Malt €229.5     
Crop 2005
2rs Barley €118.5     
6rw Barley €104.5     
2rs Malt €250.0     
6rw Malt €233.0     

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Average malt market prices are estimated on FOB Antwerp basis.
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1 EUR = 1.3024 USD
1 EUR = 0.6978 GBP
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1 EUR = 1.7243 AUD
1 EUR = 133.23 JPY
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Top Industry News
  • USA, Denver: Adolph Coors and Molson put their plan to create a US$6 billion brewer on firmer ground after boosting last week a special dividend for Molson shareholders ... Click here

  • United Kingdom: Brewer Coors, which makes best-seller Carling as well as Grolsch, Worthington and Caffreys, is to raise prices by 2.5% from February 6 ... Click here

  • China: Global brewing giant SABMiller Plc announced it will launch its first international beer brand in China this year, expected to be Miller Genuine Draft (MGD), as it tries to boost profits in the world's biggest beer market ... Click here

  • Japan: The largest Japanese beer-maker, Asahi Breweries Ltd, which controls 41.7% of the market, has recently announced its beer and happoshu sales for December and full year January-December 2004 ... Click here

  • Argentina: Quilmes Industrial (Quinsa) S.A. announced on January 14 the volumes for the fourth quarter and full year 2004. Quinsa said its total beer volume for 2004 rose 7.8% to 15.8 million hectoliters ... Click here

  • Bulgaria: Zagorka Brewery escapes poor competition fines. A fifth-member panel of the Supreme Administration Court has recalled the ruling of the lower three-membered ... Click here

  • Denmark: From January 18, 2005 onwards export of Danish malt and barley to Russia was brought to a halt, due to an overall ban posed by Russian Federation authorities on Danish agricultural production of plant origin ... Click here

  • Ukraine and Russia winter crop area: According to data from the State Statistical Committee of Ukraine, sown winter barley area for 2005/2006 went down to 0.48 million hectares, compared to 0.56 million hectares in 2004/2005 ... Click here

  • USDA barley trade forecast and estimation: Russia barley imports forecast for 2004/2005 is up 100,000 tonnes ... Click here

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  • United Kingdom: West Cumbrian brewer Jennings announced on January 17 a GBP 5 million investment across the north of England. The Cockermouth-based company plans to expand its pub acquisition programme ...more info


  • New Zealand: Stella Artois is the first in the New Zealand market to launch an aluminium bottle, which is a new concept in premium beer packaging ...more info


  • USA: A £200 million project for the future of eight acres of Scottish & Newcastleís Fountainbridge brewery site in Edinburgh has been recently revealed - including 2,500 office and retail ...more info


  • South Korea, Seoul: Oriental Brewery Co. (OB), South Korea's leading brewery, said Wednesday, 19 January 2005 it will produce the Netherlands' high-end "Oranjeboom" beer from April ...more info


  • Australia: In Sydney, shares of Foster's fell 6.7% on January 17. The beer and wine maker on Monday initiated a takeover offer totaling A$2.52 billion ($1.9 billion) for shares ...more info


  • Cobra Beer has launched a non-alcoholic premium beer into the on-trade. Sources at the brand are confident that Cobra Alcohol-Free, which comes in 330ml bottles, will have more success ...more info


  • UK, London: The world's third largest brewer, SABMiller Plc, announced on January 18 solid growth in its third-quarter beer volumes with organic growth of some 5% in total lager beer ...more info


  • Russia, Moscow: On January 19, the Russian State Duma will consider the issue of creating a special commission to improve a bill on restrictions on retail sales of beer ...more info


  • United Kingdom: The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is to hold a charity beer tasting event to support the victims of the tsunami. Roger Protz, drinks writer and editor of ...more info


  • SABMiller is on the prowl once more, but again its target may get away. The brewer has confirmed its interest in Molson, the Canadian brewer planning to merge with Americaís ...more info


  • Australia, Sydney: Brewer Foster's was making a "mistake" by bidding A$3.1 billion ($3.37 billion) for Southcorp because it was paying too much for a company recovering from a record loss ...more info


  • United Kingdom: Interbrew UK is launching a stylish point-of-sale kit to help new stockists of Stella Artois establish the brand and build their business through encouraging more pub-goers to choose ...more info


  • Australia: ABB Grain Ltd announced on January 13 that a joint decision between ABB, the University of Adelaide and the Australian Field Crops Association (AFCA) means seed for Keel feed ...more info


  • USA: Cargill, Inc. has provided a U.S.$1 million gift to The Nature Conservancy to support conservation and sustainable agriculture initiatives in three countries in three separate continents ...more info


  • USA: The Dutch brewing force, Heineken, has signed an advertising deal with 41-year-old famous actor, Brad Pitt, to advertise Heineken beer brand. Pitt will be seen in commercials ...more info


  • USA: Miller Brewing Co.ís sales declined slightly during its fiscal third quarter, but the nationís second-largest brewer gained market share over its rivals, according to a company statement Tuesday ...more info


  • China, Beijing: China's largest beer maker Tsingtao Brewery Co Ltd plans to build a 760 mln yuan beer production line in Shenzhen, with an annual capacity of 120,000 tonnes ...more info


Brewery News
USA, Denver: Adolph Coors and Molson put their plan to create a US$6 billion brewer on firmer ground after boosting last week a special dividend for Molson shareholders. The move to raise the cash portion of the offer by 67%, raising its total value 6% to US$3.8 billion, came amid mounting opposition to the mostly stock deal ó and a nibble of interest in Molson from brewing giant SABMiller, The Associated Press mentioned on January 16. Molson stock rose 3.5% on Friday to close at a 52-week high of US$30.73 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Coors closed down US$2.14, or 2.8%, at US$74.02. The decision seemed to have started turning the tide, as one shareholder who had opposed the deal and a second with major holdings said they would favor it. "Overall, I think this will be enough to get it done," said analyst Michael Van Aelst, who tracks Molson for CIBC World Markets. It was the latest twist in the family-run brewers' six-month campaign for approval of a union to create the world's No. 5 beermaker. For months, Molson shareholders have argued the proposal didn't offer enough value for their stock. Former deputy chairman Ian Molson of the founding family has argued that the plan is bad for Molson shareholders. He said Montreal-based Molson, which has a larger market capitalization, higher profitability and stronger domestic base, would shift to a U.S. headquarters with Coors executives in charge. Adding pressure was an announcement Wednesday from London-based SABMiller that it might make a bid for Molson if the deal failed. Late Thursday, the companies said they would increase the special dividend they had planned to offer Molson shareholders by US$532 million. With the added cash, the proposal values Molson shares at US$31.27, a 16% premium over the US$26.99 share price before the deal was announced July 22. The companies also pushed back shareholder votes on the deal to Jan. 28 from Jan. 19 for Molson and Feb. 1 for Coors. It was enough of a change to persuade AIM Trimark Investments, one of Molson's largest investors with about 14% of class A shares, to support the deal. Portfolio manager Ian Hardacre said the firm's concern was always about fair value. "It was more an issue of price for us ... what we thought the business was worth," he said. "Without question, the new company is a far better option than Molson on a stand-alone basis." Burgundy Assets Management also came out in favor of the deal after opposing it earlier. A spokesman did not return a call for comment.

United Kingdom: Brewer Coors, which makes best-seller Carling as well as Grolsch, Worthington and Caffreys, is to raise prices by 2.5% from February 6. The increase on all brands, well above current inflation of 1.5%, will see 5 pence added to the average £2.20 for a pint of Carling. It comes despite "superb" sales over Christmas. Sales director Kevin Brownsey said the rise was because of significant increases in raw materials, energy, distribution and packaging costs. Mr Brownsey said: "The increase will cover some of that, but is not intended to boost the value of the company - it's about protecting margins." Coors, which sold five million barrels of beer in the UK last year, expects supermarkets to pass on the increase to customers. Last November, rival beer giant Interbrew hinted the price Stella Artois lager would rise by above the level of inflation early this year. Scottish Courage refused to comment, but said "pricing levels are under constant review".

China: Global brewing giant SABMiller Plc announced it will launch its first international beer brand in China this year, expected to be Miller Genuine Draft (MGD), as it tries to boost profits in the world's biggest beer market...more info

Japan: The largest Japanese beer-maker, Asahi Breweries Ltd, which controls 41.7% of the market, has recently announced its beer and happoshu sales for December and full year January-December 2004. Beer sales in 2004 increased 0.3% up to 19.07 million hl or 150,593,000 cases, versus 19.01 million hl in 2003. Happoshu (low- malt beer) sales decreased 0.4% in January-December 2004 down to 6.88 million hl against 6.90 million hl in 2003. The best-sold beer brand was Super Dry with 14.75 million cases during January-December 2004, 0.6% increase year-on-year. The second one in Honnama with 2.98 million cases in 2004, 20.7% decrease year-on-year. In December 2004 Asahi Breweries beer sales increased 8.1% up to 2.35 million hl compared to 2.17 million hl in December 2003. The brewery sold 0.63 million hl of happoshu during December 2004, down 4.3% versus December 2003, when it sold 0.66 million hl.

Argentina: Quilmes Industrial (Quinsa) S.A. announced on January 14 the volumes for the fourth quarter and full year 2004. Quinsa said its total beer volume for 2004 rose 7.8% to 15.8 million hectoliters...more info

Bulgaria: Zagorka Brewery escapes poor competition fines. A fifth-member panel of the Supreme Administration Court has recalled the ruling of the lower three-membered one concerning the decision of the state competition watchdog to fine Zagorka brewery for unfair advertising game, Sofia News Agency revealed on January 18...more info

Malt News

Denmark: From January 18, 2005 onwards export of Danish malt and barley to Russia was brought to a halt, due to an overall ban posed by Russian Federation authorities on Danish agricultural production of plant origin...more info

Barley News

Ukraine and Russia winter crop area: According to data from the State Statistical Committee of Ukraine, sown winter barley area for 2005/2006 went down to 0.48 million hectares, compared to 0.56 million hectares in 2004/2005...more info

USDA barley trade forecast and estimation: Russia barley imports forecast for 2004/2005 is up 100,000 tonnes to 400,000 tonnes due to an expanding malting industry, USDA published on January 13. Australia barley exports estimate for 2003/2004 made by USDA is up 105,000 tonnes to 6.1 million tonnes based on final trade data.

Theoretical malt prices.


* - 70/30 = 70% Average two Rows Spring and 30% Six Rows Winter
** - 50/50 = 50% Average two Rows Spring and 50% Six Rows Winter

Theoretical malt prices for crop 2005 are available on site www.e-malt.com/MarketPrices

Malting barley prices. French barley prices.
Nominal prices.

nq - Not quoted
Prices for Danish and UK malting barley are available on site www.e-malt.com/MarketPrices

French Malting Barley Price Evolution

Table of the week
Australia/Oceania Beer Production in thousand hl

Country  2000  2001  2002  2003 
 Australia  17,150  17,400  17,480  17,260 
 New Zealand  2,980  3,069  3,093  3,127 
 Papua-New Guinea  350  350  400  400 
 Tahiti  180  173  180  180 
 Fiji Islands  170  173  181  160 
 New Caledonia  125  125  130  130 
 Samoa  60  68  65  80 
 Solomon Islands  30  22  20  27 
 Tonga 
 Vanuatu 
 Total  21,060  21,392  21,564  21,379 

Graph of the week

Agenda


January 2005:
AGRIFLANDERS Flemish Agriculture Exhibition;
Big Beers, Belgians & Barleywines Festival. Vail CO;
35th Barley Improvement Conference. The American Malting Barley Association;
VIETFOOD (HANOI) 2005;
Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival;
Technologisches Seminar 2005. Organiser: TUM, Lehrstuhl fŁr Technologie der Brauerei I;
Getršnke-Kongress. Organiser: Die Akademie Fresenius, Dortmund;
Boston Winter Jubilee;
Extreme Beer Fest;
Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting;
Spirit of Belgium;
National Winter Ales Festival (CAMRA);

February 2005:
Pianeta Birra - Beverage & Co. International Show of Beers, Beverages etc., Italy;
Liqma International Beverage Industry Exhibition, Spain;
Canadian Food and Beverage Show;

March 2005:
Night of Great thirst, Belgium;
Zythos Beer Festival, Belgium;
Institute and Guild of Brewing Africa Section 10th Convention, South Africa;
International Food and Drink (IFE), UK;
Deltabierfestival, The Netherlands;
Spring Beer Festival "Hops on Equinox", Seattle;
Brew and Beverage Industry - Beer Auction International Trade Fair, Russia;
FOODEX JAPAN 2005 / INTERNATIONAL FOOD & BEVERAGE EXH;
China Drinktec China International Exhibition on Beverage, Brewery and Wine Technology;

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