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1 EUR = 1.5424 CAD
1 EUR = 1.7949 AUD
1 EUR = 117.2000 JPY
1 EUR = 5.7251 BRL
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1 USD = 1.4156 CAD
1 USD = 1.6472 AUD
1 USD = 107.5600 JPY
1 USD = 5.2544 BRL
1 USD = 78.0951 RUB
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April 03, 2020
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2019
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 158.50-160.50 -
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 156.00-158.00 down0.63%
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) 156.00-158.00down0.63%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 352.50-354.50 -
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 349.50-351.50 down0.35%
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2020
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 170.50-172.50 up0.59%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 167.00-169.00 -
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 364.00-366.00 up0.34%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 360.00-362.00 -
German Malting Barley
Crop 2019
Ex Farm
Average Malting Barley Price 162.50-164.50 down1.89%
Danish Malting Barley
Crop 2019
Free on truck
Ex Farm
Malting Barley (East) 1,144.00-1,146.00 down1.72%
Malting Barley (West) 1,164.00-1,166.00 down2.51%
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Brewery news World: Carlsberg expands cost-cutting programme and suspends outlook ...Click here
Brewery news USA: Alcohol sales up 55% yoy in the week to March 21 ...Click here
Brewery news Mexico: Grupo Modelo, Heineken suspend production in Mexico ...Click here
Brewery news World: AB InBev announces pricing of USD6 bln notes ...Click here

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Whisky news UK: Diageo to keep its Wee County sites running amid Covid-19 lockdown ...Click here
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Brewery news Thailand: Sakon Nakhon province bans sale of alcohol until at least April 16 ...Click here
Brewery news Nigeria: Lockdown could make people turn to dangerous illicit brews ...Click here
Brewery news South Korea: Hite Jinro’s new low-malt beer FiLite enjoying soaring popularity ...Click here

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These Days in Business History

02 April
1850 - City of Los Angeles incorporated
1875 - Walter P. Chrysler is born in Wamego, Kansas. He goes on to found the Chrysler Corp. as successor corporation to the failing Maxwell Motor Car Co. in 1925 and to buy Dodge Brothers, Inc., in 1928
1911 - The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts the country's first national census
1961 - The first patent for an integrated circuit is awarded to Fairchild Semiconductor's Robert Noyce, who later co-founds Intel Corp. with Gordon Moore

03 April
1783 - Sweden and U.S. sign a treaty of Amity and Commerce
1885 - Gottlieb Daimler is granted a German patent for his engine design
1948 - The U.S. Congress passes (and Pres. Harry S. Truman immediately signs) the Marshall Plan to finance the reconstruction of Western Europe after the devastation of World War II--helping to keep Communism at bay and laying the groundwork for the global economic boom of the 1950s
1981 - The Osborne 1, the first successful portable computer, is unveiled at the West Coast Computer Faire in San Francisco
1994 - Netscape Communications founded as Mosaic Communications
2008 - ATA Airlines, once one of the ten largest U.S. passenger airlines and largest charter airline, files for bankruptcy for the second time in five years and ceases all operations

04 April
1460 - University of Basle in Switzerland forms
1818 - The United States Congress adopts the flag of the United States with 13 red and white stripes and one star for each state (then 20)
1828 - Casparus van Wooden patents chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam)
1949 - Twelve nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization
1975 - Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico
1996 - AT&T Corp. spins off 112 million shares of Lucent Technologies Inc. at an initial price of $27 per share, raising $3.02 billion in what is, so far, the biggest IPO of all time

05 April
1768 - 1st U.S. Chamber of Commerce forms
1869 - Celluloid is patented
1886 - George Eastman places Kodak Camera on sale for 1st time
1926 - Varney Airlines makes its first commercial flight (Varney is the root company of United Airlines)
1957 - Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines


April 2020:
24 - 06 July: Copa Cervezas de America 2020 (registration: 24 Apr-6 Jul) (Mar del Plata, Argentina)

May 2020:
14 - 16: Copenhagen Beer Festival 2020 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
19 - 21: Beer 2020 (Sochi, Russia)
22 - 30: Latvia Beer Festival 2020 (Riga, Latvia)

June 2020:
04 - 07: Mondial de la Biere - Sao Paulo 2020 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
09 - 12: Aro Rojo International Beer Cup 2020 (Tampico, Mexico)
21 - 22: Planete Biere 2020 (Paris, France)

July 2020:
01 - 02: Craft Drinks India 2020 (Bangalore, India)
01 - 03: Craft Beer China 2020 (Shanghai, China)
22 - 24: Expo Antad & Alimentaria Mexico 2020 (Expo Guadalajara, Mexico)
29 - 31: Beviale Mexico 2020 (Guadalajara, Mexico)
30 - 01 August: Korea International Beer Expo 2020 (Seoul, South Korea)

August 2020:
01 - 04: World Brewing Congress 2020 (Minneapolis, USA)
13 - 15: VIETFOOD & BEVERAGE - VIETNAM 2020 (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

September 2020:
01 - 03: Modern Brewing Technologies 2020 (Moscow, Russia)
02 - 04: Beviale Moscow 2020 (Moscow, Russia)
02 - 05: Expo Trade, Brewers Conference & Mar del Plata Beer Week 2020 (Mar del Plata Argentina)
03 - 05: Zurich Bier Festival 2020 (Zurich, Switzerland)
03 - 07: Mondial de la Biere Rio 2020 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
05 - 05: Copa Cervezas de America 2020 (Award Ceremony) (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
11 - 13: Mondial de la Biere - Paris 2020 (Paris, France)
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)
24 - 26: Great American Beer Festival 2020 (Denver, USA)
24 - 26: Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2020 (Stockholm, Sweden)

October 2020:
02 - 03: Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2020 (Stockholm, Sweden)
08 - 11: Mondial de la Biere 2020 (Montreal, Canada)
13 - 16: China Brew & China Beverage (CBB) 2020 (Shanghai, China)
23 - 25: Cerveza Mexico Expo 2020 (Mexico City, Mexico)
29 - 30: Sea Brew 2020 (Taipei, Taiwan)

November 2020:
10 - 12: Brau Beviale 2020 (Nuremberg, Germany)
11 - 11: European Beer Star 2020 - Award Ceremony & Winners' Night (Munich, Germany)
13 - 14: Beervana 2020 (Wellington, New Zealand)
18 - 18: Brussels Beer Challenge 2020 (Brussels, Belgium)
25 - 27: Drink Japan 2020 (Tokyo, Japan)

December 2020:
09 - 11: Drink Technology India 2020 (Mumbai, India)

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Brewery newsWorld: Carlsberg expands cost-cutting programme and suspends outlook
Carlsberg said on April 2 it has expanded its cost-cutting programme and suspended outlook as beer drinkers under lockdown in key European markets opt ...More info on site

Brewery news USA: Alcohol sales up 55% yoy in the week to March 21
Alcoholic beverage sales in the US increased 55% year-on-year during the week to March 21 as shoppers stocked up ahead of a long coronavirus lockdown, the Drinks International reported on April 1.

Nielsen figures show that spirits sales increased 75% compared to the same period in 2019. Tequila and gin were the fastest growing categories, while ready-to-drink cocktails were up 106%.

Wine sales shot up 66% and beer and cider grew 42%. Nielsen data also shows that American shoppers spent 28% more on alcoholic beverages in the week to March 21 than they did in the previous week, which ended on March 14.

However, the firm warned that data for the week to March 28 would offer a better indication of ongoing demand, as shoppers will have stocked up fully by then.

Delivery app Drizly, which covers 26 states plus the District of Columbia and Alberta, Canada, said the coronavirus pandemic has driven a 300% uptick in sales.

BACtrack, a San Francisco-based company that produces smartphone-connected breathalyzer device, analyzed sales data from the Bay Area and identified a 42% increase since the shelter in place directive was issued. Drinking alcohol has become increasingly popular on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

“We said, let’s go check the data ...More info on site

Brewery news Mexico: Grupo Modelo, Heineken suspend production in Mexico
The Mexican brewer of Corona beer said on April 2 it was suspending production because of the health emergency in the country over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nairobi News reported.

Grupo Modelo — whose brands also include Pacifico and Modelo — said the measure was in line with the Mexican government’s order to suspend all non-essential activities until April 30 to slow the spread of coronavirus.

“We are in the process of lowering production at our plants to the bare minimum,” the company said in a statement, adding it would complete the suspension in the following days.

Mexico’s government has said that only key sectors such as agribusiness will be able to continue to function.

Grupo Modelo said it was ready to operate with 75 percent of its staff working remotely to guarantee the supply of beer, if the government agreed.

Since the start of the virus crisis, Corona beer has been the punchline of jokes and memes, and an online rumour said sales in the US dropped by around 40 percent after the outbreak.

However, in late February, Constellation Brands, which owns the Corona label, denied the rumour and said sales had stayed strong in the US even as the virus has spread internationally.

Mexico’s other ...More info on site

Brewery news World: AB InBev announces pricing of USD6 bln notes
Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV on April 1 announced that its subsidiary Anheuser-Busch InBev Worldwide Inc. (ABIWW) completed the pricing of USD 6,000,000,000 aggregate principal amount of bonds, marketscreener.com reported.

The issuance is expected to close on 3 April 2020 subject to customary closing conditions.

The notes will be issued by ABIWW and will be fully and unconditionally guaranteed by AB InBev, Brandbrew S.A., Brandbev S.à r.l., Cobrew NV, Anheuser-Busch InBev Finance Inc. and Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC. The Notes will be senior unsecured obligations of the Issuer and will rank equally with all other existing and future unsecured and unsubordinated debt obligations of the Issuer.

The notes are denominated in U.S. dollars, and both principal and interest will be paid in U.S. dollars as further described in the preliminary prospectus supplement dated 1 April 2020 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and available on www.sec.gov.

The net proceeds of the offering will be used for general corporate purposes. The notes were offered as a registered offering under AB InBev's shelf registration statement filed on Form F-3 with the SEC on 19 March 2018.

Brewery news Australia: Independent Brewers Association disappointed by approval of CUB takeover
The Independent Brewers Association (IBA) has expressed its disappointment with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over its decision to allow Asahi’s acquisition of Carlton & United Breweries (CUB) to go ahead, The Shout reported on April 3.

The IBA has consistently opposed the deal, saying that Asahi helped to provide competitive pressure on CUB and Lion and said the competition watchdog has “thrown draught beer drinkers to the wolves” in allowing the deal to happen.

“The move by Asahi to acquire CUB is an admission that this space is already too concentrated and that the only way to break into the draught beer market is to acquire businesses with existing tap contracts,” said Peter Philip, IBA Chair.

“The large brewers know this and use their scale and resources to implement a number of restrictive business practices which have severely constrained the growth of small independent brewers when it comes to on-premise supply of draught beer.

“The loser here will be consumers as these multinational Goliaths use their massive balance sheet and nearly unlimited resources to further dominate beer taps in pubs across the country, effectively shutting out small independent breweries.”

In order for the deal to happen Asahi must divest Stella Artois and ...More info on site

Brewery news Thailand: Sakon Nakhon province bans sale of alcohol until at least April 16
As Thailand seeks to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, a crackdown on the sale of alcoholic beverages has become one option, after a province of more than 1 million people in the northeast part of the country imposed the prohibition, Bloomberg reported on March 31.

Sakon Nakhon banned the sale of alcohol starting from March 24 at least until April 16. The move is designed to curb group drinking at home, a popular tradition among rural Thais, which could lead to the spread of the pathogen. Thailand has the highest per-capita alcohol consumption in Southeast Asia, according to a World Health Organization report.

Majority-Buddhist Thailand already has relatively strict rules that block sales of beer, wine and spirits during specific hours, and others among its 77 provinces could follow Sakon Nakhon’s lead if infections keep surging, according to health officials. The country has more than 1,600 confirmed cases and 10 fatalities.

“The government is pleading with citizens to avoid all social gatherings during this time,” Taweesilp Witsanuyotin, a spokesman for the Covid-19 center, said in a briefing on March 24 in Bangkok. Each provincial governor now has the authority to issue stricter measures, he added.

Banning alcohol would add a tier to ...More info on site

Brewery news Nigeria: Lockdown could make people turn to dangerous illicit brews
Disruption to supplies of alcohol in Nigeria due to coronavirus risks spurring the consumption of dangerous illicit brews, The Africa Report said on March 31.

On Sunday, March 29 President Muhammadu Buhari announced a 14-day lockdown of the country’s commercial hub of Lagos, and Abuja, the nation’s capital. These are the two cities with the majority of confirmed coronavirus cases in Nigeria. He also locked down Ogun, an agrarian state which shares a boundary with Lagos, and restricted travel between states.

Although food and beverage companies are exempt from the lockdown, Nigerians expect distribution and consumption to be severely affected by orders from states to restrict movement and shut clubs and bars. Nigeria’s three main breweries are AB InBev, which owns International Breweries, Heineken, which controls Nigerian Breweries and Champion Breweries, and Diageo, which owns Guinness Nigeria. Shares in all of them have tumbled over the last month.

“This obviously affects big corporate producers in Nigeria,” said Dayo Taiwo, who runs a services company in south-west Nigeria.

“We heard the president say food and beverage companies are exempted from the lockdown in the nation, but the fact is if travel is restricted, how do sales agents get products to sell? There is so little ...More info on site

Brewery news South Korea: Hite Jinro’s new low-malt beer FiLite enjoying soaring popularity
Hite Jinro is enjoying soaring popularity with its low-malt beer FiLite from consumers who prefer to drink at home, the company said on April 2.

Ever since the company launched FiLite in 2017 the company has continued to release new variations of the sparkling liquor such as FiLite Fresh in 2018 and FiLite WEIZEN in 2019 in order to offer various flavors to beer lovers.

"FiLite is sold in a 355 millilitre can, 500 milliner can and a 1.6 litre plastic bottle at retail stores and convenience stores nationwide. It has been drawing popularity among people who prefer to drink at home or are solo drinkers," the company said.

FiLite is made with 100 percent aroma hops and local malted barley. Offering carbonated flavors, FiLite has been expanding the country's low-malt beer market.

The accumulated sales of FiLite surpassed 700 million cans in October 2019, about two years and six months after its release. "As of February 2019, the sales mark surpassed 500 million total cans and we have sold 200 million cans in only seven months," it said.

Data shows FiLite has been consistently popular this year as well. According to information from the Seven Eleven convenience store chain, sales of the 500 millilitre ...More info on site

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Whisky news UK: Diageo to keep its Wee County sites running amid Covid-19 lockdown
Diageo will keep its Wee County sites running during the coronavirus lockdown, arguing that alcohol production is an "essential service", alloaadvertiser.com reported on April 1.

The drinks company denied any claim they would make employees work in an unsafe environment, after the Advertiser reached out following concerns from the community.

Diageo has several sites in Clackmannanshire, including a warehousing facility in Blackgrange, a cooperage in Cambus, and a coppersmiths in Alloa.

A worker based at one of those sites said staff were "stunned" to discover they still had to work following the prime minister's announcement that non-essential businesses should close on Monday, March 23.

The employee, who did not wish to be identified, told the Advertiser: "I was shocked when I saw that on Monday night; I thought I was going to be sent home, but obviously not.

"Diageo have left their sites open and they are basically classing the whisky industry as essential, which staff are absolutely stunned by.

"Everybody on site is concerned. There seems to be no way of them wanting to shut it."

Another individual also got in touch to say they "can't believe" Diageo's decision to remain open during the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the company issued a lengthy response, claiming alcohol production has ...More info on site

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