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25 May 2005
Crop 2004
2rs Barley €101.5     
6rw Barley €99.0       
2rs Malt €232.5     
6rw Malt €228.5     
Crop 2005
2rs Barley €112.0 -0.30%
6rw Barley €102.0 -0.97%
2rs Malt €241.0 -0.41%
6rw Malt €227.5 -0.66%

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Average barley market prices are French and are estimated on FOB Creil basis.
Average malt market prices are estimated on FOB Antwerp basis.
The changes are compared to last Newsletter's prices.
Arrows indicate the direction of the change.

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Equities of the Largest Breweries

Top Industry News
    Russia: SUN Interbrew may get involved in Siberian beer market ... Click here

    Colombia: World Bank’s subsidiary acquires a 0.92% stake in Bavaria ... Click here

    Denmark: Danish brewery workers strike against beer drinking restrictions ... Click here

    UK: Wolverhampton & Dudley's offer for Jennings Brothers was declared unconditional ... Click here

    Canada: Retail sales in Ontario increased by 4.6% in 2004 ... Click here

    Ukraine: Malt production in April increased with 7,600 metric tonnes versus April 2004 ... Click here

    Ireland: Greencore’s sales increased by 2% in H1. The Malt division consolidates production ... Click here

    Spain: Spanish barley production for 2005/2006 ... Click here

    USA: Hops growing reapers in New York State again ... Click here

More News
    UK: Greene King appointed a new Managing Director of its Brewing Company Division ...more info

    Japan & Malaysia: Free Trade Agreement doesn’t cover barley ...more info

    USDA: Russia’s barley exports are to decline in 2005/2006 ...more info

    UK: Binge drink happy hour promotions banned by beer and pub industry ...more info

    China: Toxic gas in Chinese brewery kills five ...more info

    France: Heineken France may cut jobs ...more info

    South Korea: Hite Brewery’s takeover of Jinro is to be sealed by the end of this month ...more info

    USA: New Belgium ranked no 3 in national brewers' list ...more info

    UK: ABN restarts Wolverhampton & Dudley at add ...more info

    Uganda: East African Breweries share price up ...more info

    Canada: Canadian Brewers are cutting beer prices ...more info

    UK: The northern England Barnsley brewery named its latest beer after Dickie Bird ...more info

    USA: Molson Coors Brewing Co. faces class-action complaints ...more info

    UK: Green King is defending itself against the allegations of anti-competitive beer prices ...more info

    Pakistan: The only brewery in Islamic country is growing despite alcohol prohibition ...more info

    New Zealand: DB and Lion Nathan are raising beer prices ...more info

Brewery News
Russia: SUN Interbrew may get involved in Siberian beer market

SUN Interbrew, Russia’s second largest brewing company, is considering a possible involvement in the Siberian beer market...more info

Colombia: World Bank’s subsidiary acquired a 0.92% stake in Bavaria

The Corporación Financiera Internacional (IFC), a subsidiary of the World Bank, has become the owner of 0.92 % of Colombian brewery...more info

Denmark: Danish brewery workers strike against beer drinking restrictions

Danish brewery workers have gone on strike to keep the right to drink beer on the job, Deutsche Presse-Agentur posted on May 25.

Workers at a brewery west of the Danish capital decided Tuesday to stay on strike after restrictions were imposed about where they would be allowed to taste the brewery's products. Some 70 of the 200 workers went on strike Monday at the Harboe brewery in Skaelskor.

More than 90 % of the employees voted to continue the strike at a union meeting on Tuesday, broadcaster DR said.

The protest was aimed a decision by management and union representatives saying that workers would in future be restricted to tasting beer and other products in the brewery's canteen and not in the production or bottling section of the brewery.

Some workers were also disgruntled with how union representatives had handled ongoing wage talks. According to brewery rules, workers are allowed to drink six beers or other beverages a day.

UK: Wolverhampton & Dudley's offer for Jennings Brothers was declared unconditional

Jennings Brothers PLC announced that the Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries PLC holds 76.01% in the company, representing 8,098,738 ordinary shares.

Wolverhampton & Dudley’s offer at 430 pence per share for smaller Lake District rival Jennings Brothers was declared unconditional last week.

The addition of Jennings' 128 tenanted pubs takes W&D's total to 2,275 - marginally ahead of the 2,100 pubs owned or operated by its Suffolk-based peer Greene King.

While both groups continue to sell ale brands with strong regional loyalties through their respective pub estates and elsewhere, a recent spate of acquisitions have seen the groups expand far beyond their respective "regional brewer" heartlands.

The £46m Jennings offer follows W&D's recent acquisitions of Burtonwood, for £155m, and Wizard Inns, for £90m. ...more info

Canada: Retail sales in Ontario increased by 4.6% in 2004

Ontario's retailers recorded C$10.46 billion in sales in March 2005, up from exactly C$10.00 billion in March 2004...more info

Malt News

Ukraine: Malt production in April increased with 7,600 metric tonnes versus April 2004

In April 2005 Ukraine produced about 28,000 metric tonnes of malt that is an increase by 37% compared to April 2004...more info

Ireland: Greencore’s sales increased by 2% in H1. The Malt division is consolidating production

Irish food group Greencore has reported pre-tax profits before exceptional items and goodwill of €32.6m for the six months to March 25, an increase of 8% on the same period a year earlier.

Sales were up 2% to €677.3m after sales from discontinued businesses were stripped out, and the company warned that market conditions were 'challenging'.

The company's convenience food division performed strongly, with underlying sales up 8% and underlying profits up 23%. Greencore said the division was operating in an increasingly competitive market, with pressure on prices and higher quality requirements from customers.

Sales in the ingredients and agribusiness division fell by 8% in the first half, with profits down from €20m to €15.3m. Greencore said the fall in sales was due to lower sugar sales and the closure of some operations in its malt division. The company said there was an EU-wide oversupply of sugar this year, leading to increased price competition. Higher fuel costs added an extra €2m to costs in this division in the period.

The group is facing reform of the EU sugar regime, with the Commission having made proposals for quota and price reductions last year and a final decision expected by the end of the year. ...more info

Barley News

Spain: Spanish barley production for 2005/2006

Spain Ministry of Agriculture estimated the barley production for 2005/2006 at 7.95 million metric tonnes...more info

Hops News

USA: Hops growing reappears in New York State again

Hops, one of the main ingredients for brewing beer, reappears in New York Sate again. Hops used to be one of the New York State's major crops, but about 50 years ago farmers stopped growing the crop.

"Prohibition was really the final nail in the coffin for hops. We did go through a lot of disease problems with the verticillium, wilt and the molds and fungal attacks, in the early 1900's," said Cornell University agriculture development specialist, Duncan Hilchey.

With help from Cornell University and the Northeast Hop Alliance, the hops industry may be brewing again.

The Pederson Farms in Seneca Castle grew a test plot, and one local brewery can't get enough of them. "There is one grower that we know that is successfully growing hops. And we bought his entire crop last year. I don't know what his numbers were the year before but we bought virtually all of it the year before. And we have committed to buying his entire crop this year which like I said 10 times what he grew last year," said the owner of the Ithaca Beer Co., Dan Mitchell. ...more info

Theoretical malt prices.

* - 70/30 = 70% Average Two Row Spring and 30% Six Row Winter
** - 50/50 = 50% Average Two Row Spring and 50% Six Row Winter

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Malting barley prices. French barley prices.
Nominal prices.

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Barley Price Evolution
French Malting Barley Price Evolution Crop 2004

Table of the week
Mexico Barley, in thousand metric tonnes

  1996/97  97/98  98/99  99/00  00/01  01/02  02/03  03/04  04/05  05/06f 
 Production  614  380  410  450  770  767  770  900  750  750 
 Imports  131  196  155  212  119  66  31  41  75  75 
 From US  131  116  95  101  96  60  28  15  na  na 
 Feed Use  200  150  150  150  150  150  150  150  150  150 
 Total Use  770  576   585  653  850  850  850  850  900  950 

Source: USDA/FAS

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May 2005:
2nd KBC festival of Dutch special beers;
TwinTrack Brewing Microbiology Program. The Siebel Institute;
PIVO, GASTRO, BAKERY, International exhibition of beer and brewing. Bulgaria.;
HOFEX 2005. 11th Asian International Exhibition of Food & Drink. Hong Kong;
30th Congress of the European Brewery Convention;
World Agricultural Forum 2005 World Congress;
Whole Grain Conference / Barley Workshop - Minneapolis;
Export Credit Guarantee Programs Seminar. USDA;
Pivo-2005. Beer International Brewing Technology Exhibition. Sochi, Russia.;
California Festival of Beers;

June 2005:
World Barley, Malt & Beer Conference 2005, Germany;
ASBC Annual Convention. American Society of Brewing Chemists Meeting.;
BRASIL BRAU International Fair of Beverage Technology;
FOOD TAIPEI 2005. The largest food and beverage show in Taiwan;
BevTek / BrewTek International Exhibition of Beverage and Brewery Processing and Packaging Technology. Bangkok, Thailand ;

July 2005:
Interwine China. International Wine, Brewery and Beverage Processing Technology and Equipment Trade Fair;
2005 North American Barley Researchers Workshop;
U.S. Grains Council Summer Board Meeting;
District Eastern Canada MBAA annual convention;
Open Door to "Mortal's Beers";

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