E-Malt.com weekly newsletter
Week January 13 - January 15, 2003

1. Industry news.   2. Theoretical malt prices.   3. Malting barley prices.  

1. Industry news

Following the success of his British beer in India, London-based NRI industrialist Karan Billimoria plans to set up a £10-million brewery either in Hyderabad or near Delhi, The Times of India reported. Founder Chief Executive of British Cobra Beer, Billimoria said the brewery would most probably be set up this year to manufacture three million cases of bear annually in the country. He said that the company would acquire an Indian brewery for manufacture of Cobra beer in the country and was in the process of identifying one in Hyderabad or near Delhi. He said the per capita consumption of beer in the country was a mere 0.7 litre per year as against 18 litres in China and 55 litres in South Africa. He preferred to acquire a brewery than a greenfield one as he would not want to go through the hassles of getting a licence which was cumbersome and difficult. Cobra beer was orignally brewed in India at Mysore Breweries and exported to England.

Anheuser-Busch, Inc., the U.S. beer subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., achieved record U.S. beer sales volume in 2002, it was announced by Anheuser-Busch, Inc., President, August A. Busch IV. "We are extremely pleased to report that our domestic beer shipments to wholesalers grew to an all-time high of 101.8 million barrels in 2002 -- increasing 2.1 million barrels or 2.1 percent over 2001," said Busch. "For the first time, total domestic shipments exceeded the 100 million barrel milestone. This record achievement, led by the Bud family and the successful introductions of Michelob Ultra and Bacardi Silver, reflects the hard work and dedication by all of our employees and wholesaler partners across the country," Busch noted....... more info

MOSCOW (Prime Tass) -- No. 1 brewer Baltika plans to increase exports in 2003 by 76 percent to 16 million decaliters, or 8 percent of its predicted output for the year, a company representative said Friday, Moscow times reported. The St. Petersburg-based brewer will also dip its toes into Asian markets this year with trial deliveries to South Korea, Japan and China. Fundamental to the company's expansion in the east is its $50 million brewery in Khabarovsk in the Far East, which is due to open in the first half of the year, the representative said.

In November 2002 Ukraine exported 304,000 tons of barley - by 36,000 tons or 10 percent less than in October. Average price for barley under November contracts constituted $82.3 per ton against $77.5 per ton in October, according to an Ukrainian source. Shipments decreased to Spain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, but increased sharply to Japan - to 40,000 tons from 3,400 tons in October. Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia remained basic purchaser of Ukrainian barley in November, having bought 46 percent of total Ukraine's export, the same as in the previous month. Totally, since the start of the marketing year (July) till November Ukraine exported 1.7 million tons of barley - 9 percent up from export over the same months the year before..........more info

Canadian brewer, Big Rock Brewery Ltd., has announced the completion effective January 10, 2003 of the plan of arrangement to reorganize itself into Big Rock Brewery Income Trust. The company has announced that stockholders and option holders had "overwhelmingly" approved the conversion. The Alberta Court of Queen's Bench has also approved the plans. The company, in which chairman and founder, Ed McNally, owns a 19.5% stake, said there will be no change in its business operations. “The Trust, indirectly through its operating entities, will continue to operate Big Rock's premium brewing business and all of the former securityholders of Big Rock hold all of the outstanding trust units of the Trust. The unitholders of the Trust are entitled to receive cash distributions paid by the Trust and will be entitled to one vote for each trust unit held at unitholder meetings,” the company said.

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2. Theoretical malt prices.

  EURO = USD 1.0580 January 13, 2003 
Crop year  2002 
Parity  FOB Antwerp 
Position  Oct 2002-Sept 2003 
Conditioning  Bulk   In bags  Bulk containers  In bags in containers 
Malting barley variety  EURO  USD  EURO  USD  EURO  USD  EURO  USD 
2RS  Prestige  nq  nq  nq  nq  nq  nq  nq  nq 
2RS  Scarlett  309.50  327.50  325.00  343.50  322.00  340.50  331.00  350.50 
2RS  Aspen  307.50  325.50  323.00  342.00  320.00  338.50  329.50  348.50 
2RS  Optic  306.50  324.50  322.00  340.50  319.00  337.50  328.00  347.00 
2RS  Nevada  301.50  319.00  317.00  335.50  314.00  332.00  323.00  342.00 
2RS  Astoria  305.50  323.00  320.50  339.50  317.50  336.00  326.50  345.50 
2RS  Cork   300.50  317.50  315.50  334.00  312.50  330.50  322.00  340.50 
2RS   Average price  306.00  324.00  321.50  340.00  318.50  337.00  327.50  346.50 
2RS  FAQ  299.00  316.50  314.50  332.50  311.50  329.50  320.50  339.50 
6RW  Esterel   281.50  298.00  297.00  314.00  294.00  311.00  303.00  320.50 

Theoretical malt prices for crop 2003 are available on site www.e-malt.com

3. Malting barley prices. French barley prices. Nominal prices.

EURO = USD 1.0580 January 13, 2003 
 Crop year   2002   2003 
 Parity   FOB Creil   FOB Creil 
 Position   July 2002   July 2003 
Type   Variety  EURO  USD  EURO  USD 
2RS  Scarlett  149.50  158.50  149.00  158.00 
2RS  Prestige  nq  nq  147.00  155.50 
2RS  Aspen  148.00  156.50  147.00  155.50 
2RS  Optic  147.00  155.50  145.00  153.50 
2RS  Nevada  143.00  151.50  144.00  152.50 
2RS  Astoria  146.00  154.50  144.00  152.50 
2RS  Cork   142.00  150.50  143.00  151.50 
6RW  Esterel   130.00  137.50  124.00  131.50 

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

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