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on May 16, 2020
Base Currency: US Dollar
on May 16, 2020
      1 EUR = 1.1016 USD
1 EUR = 0.8513 GBP
1 EUR = 1.4623 CAD
1 EUR = 1.6284 AUD
1 EUR = 120.5500 JPY
1 EUR = 4.6658 BRL
1 EUR = 79.1279 RUB
1 EUR = 7.7461 CNY
      1 USD = 0.9073 EUR
1 USD = 0.7727 GBP
1 USD = 1.3274 CAD
1 USD = 1.4776 AUD
1 USD = 109.4500 JPY
1 USD = 4.2354 BRL
1 USD = 73.2056 RUB
1 USD = 7.0316 CNY

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May 16, 2020
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2019
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 156.50-158.50 -
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 154.00-156.00 down0.64%
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) 150.00-152.00-
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 350.50-352.50 -
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 348.00-350.00 down0.35%
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2020
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 167.50-169.50 -
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 163.00-165.00 down0.61%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 360.00-362.00 -
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 355.00-357.00 down0.34%
German Malting Barley
Crop 2019
Ex Farm
Average Malting Barley Price 156.00-158.00 down0.69%
Danish Malting Barley
Crop 2019
Free on truck
Ex Farm
Malting Barley (East) 1,094.00-1,096.00 up1.86%
Malting Barley (West) 1,124.00-1,126.00 up2.74%
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Malt news Australia: United Malt Group raising A$140 million to strengthen its balance sheet ...Click here

Brewery news China: Covid-19 takes a toll on China’s beer industry ...Click here
Brewery news Thailand: ThaiBev records 14% decline in second-quarter net profit ...Click here
Brewery news Ukraine: Beer, malt production decline in January-April this year ...Click here
Brewery news Belgium: April beer production falls by 50% ...Click here
Brewery news Japan: All four major brewers see sales drop in April from a year earlier ...Click here

Barley news France: Total barley area still expected at 2 mln ha ...Click here
Barley news EU: Strategie Grains raises forecast for EU soft wheat exports, cuts malt and malting barley use forecast ...Click here
Barley news Germany: Germany reduces winter barley and winter wheat area this year ...Click here
Barley news USA & China: China allows barley imports from the United States ...Click here

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Brewery news Belgium: Trappist monks restart production of Westvleteren beer ...Click here
Brewery news Australia: Australian bars to take first cautious steps towards reopening this weekend ...Click here
Brewery news Mexico: More than 100 Mexicans die of tainted alcohol as beer supply dries up ...Click here

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Scientific Digest


Italian researchers tested a hydroalcoholic hop extract for its anti-influenza activity. The ability of the extract to interfere with different phases of viral replication was assessed, as well as its effect on the intracellular status being unbalanced in infected cells. A phytochemical characterization of the extract was performed. The researchers found that hop extract significantly inhibited replication of various viral strains, at different times from infection. Viral replication was partly inhibited when virus was incubated with extract before infection, suggesting a direct effect on the virions. Since hop extract was able to restore the conditions of infected cells, its antiviral activity might also be due to an interference with redox-sensitive pathways required for viral replication. Accordingly, the extract exerted radical scavenging and reducing effects and inhibited lipoperoxidation and cytotoxicity. Using phytochemical analysis, different phenolics were identified, which altogether might contribute to the antiviral effect. These results highlight anti-influenza and antioxidant properties of hop extract, which encourage further in vivo studies to evaluate its possible application.


Di Sotto, A.: Antiviral and Antioxidant Activity of a Hydroalcoholic Extract from Humulus lupulus L, Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2018 Jul 24;2018:5919237. doi: 10.1155/2018/5919237. eCollection 2018

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These Days in Business History

15 May
1878 - The Tokyo Stock Exchange Co., Ltd., is established, primarily to trade bonds
1905 - Las Vegas, Nevada founded
1940 - McDonald's opens its first restaurant in San Bernardino, California
1941 - The world's first successful jet aircraft, a Gloster E28/39 powered by a W1 engine designed by Frank Whittle, takes off and lands at Farnborough, England

16 May
1911 - Supreme Court dissolves Standard Oil with the Sherman Antitrust Act
1930 - Two Texas engineers found a company called Geophysical Service Inc. to use seismographic technology to improve the business of exploring for oil
1949 - The Tokyo Stock Exchange, originally founded in 1878, reopens for business after the devastation of World War II
1951 - The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between Idlewild Airport (now John F Kennedy International Airport) in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines

17 May
1892 - George Sampson patents clothes dryer
1921 - Belgian-Luxembourg sign customs union
1968 - European Space Research Org launches 1st satellite

18 May
1801 - Well over a century after stock trading began in Britain, the cornerstone of the stock exchange building is finally laid in the City of London
1804 - Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate
1822 - Frederic Passy is born, French economist/pacifist, Nobel 1901
1954 - European Convention on Human Rights goes into effect
1969 - Apollo program: Apollo 10 is launched


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)
21 - 24: Beer 2020 (Sochi, Russia)
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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MaltMalt News Malt

Malt newsAustralia: United Malt Group raising A$140 million to strengthen its balance sheet
United Malt Group is raising A$140 million to strengthen its balance sheet after taking a hit from a drop in beer consumption during COVID-19 ...More info on site

BreweryBrewery News Brewery

Brewery newsChina: Covid-19 takes a toll on China’s beer industry
On May 7, Budweiser Asia Pacific announced its unaudited Q1 2020 financial results. The company’s revenue in Q1 fell by 39%, while its revenue ...More info on site

Brewery newsThailand: ThaiBev records 14% decline in second-quarter net profit
Thai Beverage Public Co (ThaiBev) on May 14 recorded a second-quarter net profit decline of 14 per cent on the year to 4.95 billion ...More info on site

Brewery newsUkraine: Beer, malt production decline in January-April this year
Ukraine’s beer production amounted to 5.03 mln hl in January – April 2020, 4.1% down from the same period last year, Ukrpivo reported on ...More info on site

Brewery newsBelgium: April beer production falls by 50%
Beer production in Belgium fell by 50% last month compared to April 2019, according to a first estimate provided by the Belgian Brewers’ Federation. ...More info on site

Brewery newsJapan: All four major brewers see sales drop in April from a year earlier
Japan's four major brewers all posted double-digit falls in sales of beer and beer-like drinks in April from a year earlier, hit by a ...More info on site

Brewery news Belgium: Trappist monks restart production of Westvleteren beer
Belgium is only cautiously beginning to emerge from its coronavirus lockdown and its bars and restaurants won't open until next month at least. But the prayers of a lucky few drinkers have nevertheless been answered, with the release of a new batch of perhaps the world's best and most exclusive beer, AFP reports.

The monks of the Trappist Abbey of Saint Sixtus only sell their holy brew by appointment, to individual consumers, and until Thursday, May 14 their outlet was closed.

Belgium has had one of the highest per capita death tolls from the global coronavirus pandemic in the world, and rules for social distancing have been strict.

St Benedict's rules, however, say the monks must work to support themselves, and the Trappist Westvleteren beer is regularly voted among the world's best by fans.

On May 14, aficionados who reserved a slot online - and were willing to observe safety rules - were able to pull up to the monastery and pick up their quota.

Brother Godfried, of the order, explained the rules.

"At the red light they have to stop, so that there are only two or three people active here where the transaction takes place," he told AFP.

"We also work without cash and there's plexiglass."

Brewery news Australia: Australian bars to take first cautious steps towards reopening this weekend
Seven weeks after the coronavirus pandemic forced Australia’s pubs to close, bars will take their first cautious steps towards reopening this weekend in a momentous moment for a nation of beer drinkers, The Irish Times reported on May 15.

“The beers are here and the jobs are back,” said Michael Gunner, chief minister of Northern Territory, a region popularised by Crocodile Dundee, the beer-swilling hero played by Paul Hogan – a former face of Foster’s lager.

The Covid-19 shutdown hit hard in the Territory, where day-time temperatures rarely fall below 25 degrees and social life in rural communities typically revolves around a schooner, an Australian term for a 425ml glass of beer.

At the Noonamah Tavern, about 45km east of Darwin, people travel vast distances to grab a bite to eat, a few beers and catch up on the gossip, according to Tony Innes, the proprietor who also lays on rodeos near the bar.

“We are an integral part of the community and it’s fair to say a lot of locals are itching to get back in,” said Innes, whose bar reopened on Friday.

The hospitality industry has welcomed the lifting of closure orders in several states after just 14 new coronavirus cases were reported ...More info on site

Brewery news Mexico: More than 100 Mexicans die of tainted alcohol as beer supply dries up
More than 100 people in Mexico have died from drinking adulterated alcohol over the past two weeks, according to a tally by Mexican daily newspaper Reforma on May 13, as measures to halt the coronavirus' spread have crimped beer production.

The potentially fatal bootleg alcohol contains dangerous substances such as methanol in some cases, and is being distributed as brewers such as Heineken and Grupo Modelo have suspended production in line with government directives to halt non-essential activity.

Local authorities have launched investigations to identify the suppliers, and urged citizens not to consume alcoholic drinks of unknown origin.

The fatalities, reported by states including Jalisco, Yucatan, Puebla and Morelos since the start of the month, appeared to spike after Mother's Day in Mexico on May 10, according to officials and local media reports.

The toll rose to 20 on May 13 in the municipality of Chiconcuautla in the central state of Puebla, a day after it declared a health emergency following 17 deaths from consuming tainted beverages. The local government said it had confiscated 200 litres (352 pints) of a local alcohol known as "refino" and was conducting studies to determine its contents.

In Yucatan, where local media reported a wave of deaths from the ...More info on site

BarleyBarley News Barley

Barley newsFrance: Total barley area still expected at 2 mln ha
Maize plantings in France are expected to jump by nearly 11% this year as farmers switch to spring crops after adverse weather hit sowing ...More info on site

Barley newsEU: Strategie Grains raises forecast for EU soft wheat exports, cuts malt and malting barley use forecast
Strategie Grains raised its forecast for European Union soft wheat exports in 2019/20 on May 14, citing strong demand and lower competition, and cut ...More info on site

Barley newsGermany: Germany reduces winter barley and winter wheat area this year
Germany's winter wheat sown area for the 2020 harvest has been reduced by 7% on the year to about 2.84 million hectares, the national ...More info on site

Barley news USA & China: China allows barley imports from the United States
Barley from the United States can now be exported to China following the approval of a phytosanitary protocol by both countries, a market development achievement years in the making finally accomplished with the boost of the US-China Phase 1 deal signed in January, Grain Central reported on May 15.

The notice on China’s customs website was posted on May 14 and confirmed to be approved by the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS).

In coming weeks, APHIS and the US Grains Council (USGC) will work with Chinese officials to develop fumigation and industry best practices requirements, and the Council and barley industry will work to ensure potential exporters meet administrative requirements to sell to China.

“We are pleased to see China making strides to uphold their purchasing commitments under its Phase 1 agreement with the United States, and the fact it could once again position the US barley industry as a preferred supplier is even better news for US barley farmers,” USGC president and chief executive officer Ryan LeGrand said.

National Barley Growers Association (NBGA) president, Buzz Mattelin, said that particularly in light of supply disruptions from COVID-19, the new agreement would help barley farmers find new buyers for ...More info on site

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