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on April 15, 2020
Base Currency: US Dollar
on April 15, 2020
      1 EUR = 1.0955 USD
1 EUR = 0.8707 GBP
1 EUR = 1.5218 CAD
1 EUR = 1.7074 AUD
1 EUR = 117.6400 JPY
1 EUR = 5.6821 BRL
1 EUR = 80.1814 RUB
1 EUR = 7.7224 CNY
      1 USD = 0.9127 EUR
1 USD = 0.7948 GBP
1 USD = 1.3892 CAD
1 USD = 1.5585 AUD
1 USD = 107.3900 JPY
1 USD = 5.1870 BRL
1 USD = 73.1949 RUB
1 USD = 7.0495 CNY

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April 15, 2020
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2019
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 158.50-160.50 down0.62%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 157.00-159.00 down0.63%
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) 154.00-156.00down0.64%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 352.50-354.50 down0.35%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 351.00-353.00 down0.35%
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2020
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 169.50-171.50 down0.58%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 167.00-169.00 down0.59%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 362.50-364.50 down0.34%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 360.00-362.00 down0.34%
German Malting Barley
Crop 2019
Ex Farm
Average Malting Barley Price nq  
Danish Malting Barley
Crop 2019
Free on truck
Ex Farm
Malting Barley (East) 1,134.00-1,136.00 down0.87%
Malting Barley (West) 1,164.00-1,166.00 down0.85%
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Top Industry News

Brewery news World: AB InBev halves proposed dividend to save about 1 bln euros ...Click here
Brewery news USA: Craft beer volume growth steady at nearly 4% in 2019 ...Click here
Brewery news India: Brewers request permission for partial resumption of brewing activities ...Click here
Brewery news Malaysia: Some RM189 mln in tax revenue could be lost a month if breweries operations continue to be suspended ...Click here
Brewery news Tanzania: Tanzania Breweries reports 3% drop in profits for 2019 ...Click here

Barley news EU: Barley exports reach 5.95 mln tonnes from July 2019 till April 12, 2020 ...Click here

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Brewery news UK: Molson Coors significantly scaling down UK operations ...Click here
Brewery news Belgium: Small Brussels breweries offering home delivery service ...Click here
Brewery news Thailand: Thailand bans sale of alcoholic beverages in battle against new coronavirus ...Click here
Brewery news New Zealand: Brewers and hop producers hoping for minimal Covid-19 flow-on effects ...Click here

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These Days in Business History

13 April
1785 - John Walter publishes 1st issue of London Times
1888 - National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C.
1942 - Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies
1976 - The United States Treasury Department reintroduces the two-dollar bill as a Federal Reserve Note on Thomas Jefferson's 233rd birthday as part of the United States Bicentennial celebration

14 April
1863 - William Bullock patents continuous-roll printing press
1900 - President Loubet opens International Fairs in Paris
1987 - Turkey asks to join European market

15 April
1892 - General Electric Company, forms and is incorporated in New York
1952 - Franklin National Bank issues 1st bank credit card
1973 - Walt Disney Store opens


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

June 2020:
09 - 12: Aro Rojo International Beer Cup 2020 (Tampico, Mexico)
21 - 22: Planete Biere 2020 (Paris, France)

July 2020:
01 - 03: Craft Beer China 2020 (Shanghai, China)
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)

September 2020:
02 - 04: Beviale Moscow 2020 (Moscow, Russia)
02 - 04: Modern Brewing Technologies 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)
14 - 16: Expo Antad & Alimentaria Mexico 2020 (Expo Guadalajara, Mexico)
23 - 25: Cerveza Mexico Expo 2020 (Mexico City, Mexico)
29 - 30: Sea Brew 2020 (Taipei, Taiwan)

November 2020:
04 - 07: VIETFOOD & BEVERAGE - VIETNAM 2020 (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
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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BreweryBrewery News Brewery

Brewery newsWorld: AB InBev halves proposed dividend to save about 1 bln euros
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV halved its proposed dividend, which will save about 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) as the coronavirus pandemic has shut bars and ...More info on site

Brewery news USA: Craft beer volume growth steady at nearly 4% in 2019
Volume growth for the US small and independent craft breweries held steady at nearly 4% in 2019, as the overall beer industry’s volume declined 2%, according to trade group the Brewers Association’s annual craft beer growth report.

In 2019, craft brewers — those who produce fewer than 6 million barrels annually and less than 25% owned by a non-craft brewer — produced 26.3 million barrels, up from 25.5 million barrels produced in 2018. Total beer volume in the U.S. reached 191.2 million barrels in 2019, down from 194.3 million barrels the previous year (which does not include FMBs/FSBs).

Those numbers are likely to decline, as Nielsen CGA estimated that around 1.3 million barrels of BA-defined craft beer could be lost if the shutdown of all U.S. on-premise outlets forced by COVID-19 lasts through April, which it most likely will and could extend much longer.

Independent craft’s share of the total beer market by volume increased to 13.6% in 2019, up from 13% in 2018 and 12.5% in 2017.

Craft brewers also over-index in dollar share, accounting for more than a quarter (25.2%) of all dollars spent on beer, a 6% increase compared to 2018. U.S. consumers spent an estimated $29.3 billion on craft beer ...More info on site

Brewery news India: Brewers request permission for partial resumption of brewing activities
Some of India’s top beer companies, led by industry body All India Brewers’ Association (AIBA), have made several representations to the Centre as well as the state governments requesting permission for partial resumption of brewing facilities, Livemint reported on April 13.

The AIBA, which represents brewers including United Breweries, Bira, Molson & Coors and Carlsberg, has in a letter to the commerce ministry appealed for gradual and partial resumption of operations at breweries, keeping intact social distancing and hygiene practices at the plants.

“We have written to the Centre and state governments that we employ many people in our sector. We have requested them to allow reopening of breweries albeit with all social distancing norms to be followed. We have requested reopening of retail liquor outlets in non-hotspot areas, not the bars or nightclubs, while following social distancing norms," said Shekhar Ramamurthy, AIBA chairman and outgoing chief executive officer and managing director, United Breweries Ltd, which makes the popular Kingfisher Beer.

AIBA, whose members operate more than 80 breweries in the country, has asked for relief and business continuity for the beer industry.

Through sales of beer, state governments generate more than ₹36,000 crore of tax revenue per year, in the form of excise ...More info on site

Brewery news Malaysia: Some RM189 mln in tax revenue could be lost a month if breweries operations continue to be suspended
Malaysia stands to lose some RM189 million in tax revenue a month if the operations of breweries continue to be suspended, according to the estimate by industry players, The Edge Markets MY reported on April 12.

The industry players also noted that the lack of supply of legitimate products in the market will further spur the demand for illicit products.

In 2019, the brewery industry brought in some RM2.27 billion in tax revenue to the public coffers.

But there is an estimated tax revenue loss of RM1 billion a year caused by illicit alcohol, according to the Confederation of Malaysian Brewers Bhd (CMBB).

When contacted, CMBB said it was committed to helping build a better Malaysia through its various projects.

“Besides the significant amount in taxes contributed annually, we are proud to generate employment and contribute to building a vibrant food and beverages industry that drives tourism.

“Through our sustainability and corporate responsibility initiatives, we are committed to help build a better Malaysia through projects supporting the protection of the environment, as well as in promoting education access, community partnerships and advocating responsible consumption. We remain committed to be a partner in nation building,” it said.

On March 23, Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Bhd said in a bourse ...More info on site

Brewery news Tanzania: Tanzania Breweries reports 3% drop in profits for 2019
Tanzania Breweries Ltd has announced a three per cent drop in profits for the period ending December 31, 2019, as it discontinued traditional beer business run by its affiliate Darbrew Ltd, The East African reported on April 14.

According to the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange listed company's 2019 end-year results released this week, revenues decreased by five per cent with a significant decline being recorded in affordable brand segment.

Darbrew Ltd manufactures affordable drinks like Chibuku once-high popularity of which appears to have declined sharply, leading to TBL's decision to scale down production.

According to TBL managing director Philip Redman, the company's operating profit went up by five per cent as a result of increased productivity, lower brewing and packaging raw material costs, logistical efficiencies and lower overhead costs.

“As a result, our operating margin was 21 per cent which increased by five per cent from prior year. The group continues to drive the strategy of more affordable packs to enable more consumers to switch out of the informal sector,” Mr Redman said.

TBL's total capital expenditure investment for the year amounted to Tsh64.178 billion ($27.9 million) compared with Tsh111.966 billion ($48.7 million) in 2018.

Brewery news UK: Molson Coors significantly scaling down UK operations
Molson Coors is significantly scaling down its UK operations to help stave off damage from the coronavirus crisis, The Grocer reported on April 15.

The Carling and Coors owner has rationalised its range of SKUs – it is understood just six are currently available – “to focus on a smaller group of its core products”.

This would help ensure the safety of its staff and “reduce supply chain complexity for its customers”, it claimed.

The brewer said it was prioritising “its most in-demand and popular lines, including Carling, Coors Light, Doom Bar, Aspall, Rekorderlig and Cobra, while ensuring that pack formats and SKUs available are suitable for all of its customers”.

However, industry sources have expressed frustration at no longer being able to access popular SKUs. One major buying group member said: “In our channel they have ditched profitable lines like pint cans in favour of 18-packs, which they have told us for years makes little to no money for them.”

It was “by far the worst situation of any of the brewers”, they added.

Molson Coors off-trade sales director Kevin Farwell stressed the “absolute priority” of the business was protecting the health and wellbeing of its staff, having instructed staff who can work ...More info on site

Brewery news Belgium: Small Brussels breweries offering home delivery service
With beer sales hit by the coronavirus lockdown, small Brussels breweries are offering a delivery service to the homes of thirsty customers and, for some business, is booming, the New York Post reported on April 14.

All bars in Belgium have been shut since the start of the lockdown a month ago, dealing a blow to smaller brewers such as Brasserie de la Senne, en Stoemelings or La Source Beer, whose products are hard to find in supermarkets, which remain open.

To keep business alive, half a dozen of the microbreweries are encouraging their fans to buy online, charging around 50 euros for a case of 24 bottles, bicycle delivery included.

Some even offer to donate up to 30 euros or a percentage of such direct beer sales to Brussels hospitals to help fight the pandemic. More than 5,500 people are currently in Belgium’s hospitals with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

Jeroen Verhoeven, 42, who runs the Bicy KLET beer delivery service for Brasserie de la Senne, said he has been in business since 2013, but that during the lockdown, volumes have soared and he sometimes has to ask friends to help, to meet all the demand.

Before the lockdown he would deliver ...More info on site

Brewery news Thailand: Thailand bans sale of alcoholic beverages in battle against new coronavirus
Thailand is trying a new tactic in its battle against the new coronavirus: banning the sale of alcoholic beverages to try to curb irresponsible socializing, ABC News reported on April 10.

With bars already ordered closed, a number of provinces, as well as the capital Bangkok, have taken things a step further and temporarily outlawed the sale of beer, wine and spirits.

Bangkok’s ban, which started on April 10 and runs until April 20, had the unintended effect of creating crowds and long lines at stores as people stocked up in the few hours between the ban's announcement and its going into effect.

Authorities have been concerned about the potential for partying during the upcoming Thai new year festival known as Songkran. It is Thailand’s biggest holiday and is notorious for merrymaking and drinking, which contributes to a spike in traffic deaths.

The official April 13-15 holiday has already been postponed and organized celebrations cancelled because of the crowds they would attract.

Thailand has confirmed 2,473 cases of the new coronavirus and 33 deaths. At least initially, a number of the country's virus cases were linked to parties at Bangkok nightspots.

Most surveys put Thai alcohol consumption a bit above the global average, but far below ...More info on site

Brewery news New Zealand: Brewers and hop producers hoping for minimal Covid-19 flow-on effects
As Nelson's hop industry prepares to process a bumper harvest, online and supermarket sales are keeping thirsts quenched for the region's brewers, Stuff.co.nz reported on April 13.

For McCashin's Brewery in Stoke production of its popular beer varieties has continued, albeit with some tweaks to its work environment based on government guidance.

Only human resources manager Ryan McGhee and managing director Scott McCashin remained as on-site office staff, while all the warehousing and manufacturing staff had been split up to minimise work clusters.

McGhee said the company was still coming to grips with the "unpredictable" buying habits of customers in the absence of bars, restaurants and a lack of spirits in supermarkets.

"Some had stockpiled at the start [of lockdown] so we had a bit of a run initially but demand stopped as they dipped into that stockpile, but that has increased again ahead of Easter."

McCashin's have also made an effort to keep others safe by supplying around 3000 surgical face masks to small organisations in the community.

"We got some amazing reactions from people who couldn't believe they were finally getting their hands on them, which is sad but it's good that we can help," McGhee said.

For the region's micro-breweries, the revenue lost ...More info on site

BarleyBarley News Barley

Barley news EU: Barley exports reach 5.95 mln tonnes from July 2019 till April 12, 2020
Soft wheat exports from the European Union in the 2019/20 season that started last July had reached 26.71 million tonnes by April 12, official EU data showed on April 14, 68pc above the volume cleared by April 7 last year.

EU 2019/20 barley exports had reached 5.95 million tonnes, up 63pc from the year-earlier period, while its 2019/20 maize imports stood at 16.30 million tonnes, down 16pc.

The European Commission is continuing to include Britain in its weekly grain export and import data during the transition period following Britain's exit from the bloc.

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