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Base Currency: Euro
on May 20, 2020
Base Currency: US Dollar
on May 20, 2020
      1 EUR = 1.0930 USD
1 EUR = 0.8931 GBP
1 EUR = 1.5218 CAD
1 EUR = 1.6704 AUD
1 EUR = 117.6500 JPY
1 EUR = 6.2582 BRL
1 EUR = 79.2143 RUB
1 EUR = 7.7638 CNY
      1 USD = 0.9148 EUR
1 USD = 0.8171 GBP
1 USD = 1.3923 CAD
1 USD = 1.5281 AUD
1 USD = 107.6300 JPY
1 USD = 5.7256 BRL
1 USD = 72.4733 RUB
1 USD = 7.1031 CNY

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May 20, 2020
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2019
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 156.50-158.50 -
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 154.00-156.00 -
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) 151.00-153.00up0.66%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 350.50-352.50 -
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 348.00-350.00 -
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2020
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 168.50-170.50 up0.59%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 163.00-165.00 -
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 361.50-363.50 up0.34%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 355.00-357.00 -
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) 1,094.00-1,096.00 -
Malting Barley (West) 1,124.00-1,126.00 -
-No change; upPrice increase; downPrice decrease versus last publication.

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Top Industry News

Malt news Australia & China: China’s import tariff on Australian barley could boost volume of Australian malt exports ...Click here

Brewery news UK: Prospect of restrictions to pubs reopening major problem for brewing giants ...Click here
Brewery news South Korea: Hite Jinro swings into positive territory in Q1 ...Click here
Brewery news EU: Brewers finally getting good news as sales show strong growth trends in four weeks to April 19 ...Click here

Barley news China & Australia: China’s anti-dumping duties on Australian barley ‘significant and devastating hit’ to industry ...Click here

More Industry News

Whisky news India: Diageo plays down reports of planned United Spirits delisting ...Click here
Brewery news Thailand & Vietnam: Thai craft brewers find brewing easier in Vietnam ...Click here
Brewery news Ireland: Sales of alcohol outstrip increase in grocery purchases ...Click here
Brewery news Japan: Asahi, Kirin to jointly make alcohol disinfectant from unshipped beer ...Click here

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These Days in Business History

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

19 May
1892 - Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer
1913 - William Reddington Hewlett is born, American Businessman
1939 - 1st regular transatlantic airmail (New York to Marsseille France)

20 May
1806 - John Stuart Mill is born, UK, philosopher/political economist/Utilitarian
1875 - International Bureau of Weights and Measures forms by treaty
1892 - Charles Brady King invents pneumatic hammer
1983 - First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier


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)

May 2021:
17 - 23: Budapest Beer Week 2021 (Budapest, Hungary)

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MaltMalt News Malt

Malt newsAustralia & China: China’s import tariff on Australian barley could boost volume of Australian malt exports
The news that China has imposed a tariff of 80 per cent on Australian barley has hit the industry hard, but the market may ...More info on site

BreweryBrewery News Brewery

Brewery news UK: Prospect of restrictions to pubs reopening major problem for brewing giants
On a typical Friday evening in May, the White Horse pub in London’s Brixton neighborhood might go through 20 or more kegs of lagers and ales as hundreds of revelers stand four and five deep at the bar and spill out onto the terrace into the wee hours, Bloomberg reported on May 20.

But with London in lockdown, the pub has been shuttered since March 20, when owner Matt Ward—knowing he had to empty the taps—offered happy-hour discounts and at the end of the evening started pouring pints for free. And he was one of the lucky ones: Some pub owners who couldn’t sell their beer had to dump it down the drain. Ward now worries that when he reopens this summer, social distancing guidelines will force him to cut occupancy by about 90%, to just 30 patrons. “I try to keep positive,” he says. “But to go anywhere back to anything like it was before, with social distancing, you just can’t do it in a pub like mine.”

The prospect of once-bustling pubs reopening as ghost towns is a major problem for brewing giants such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, Carlsberg, and Heineken. While Americans prefer to drink at home—carryout sales account ...More info on site

Brewery newsSouth Korea: Hite Jinro swings into positive territory in Q1
South Korean brewer Hite Jinro swung into positive territory YoY in 1Q20 with consolidated operating profit of KRW56.1 bln, BusinessKorea reported on May 19. ...More info on site

Brewery news EU: Brewers finally getting good news as sales show strong growth trends in four weeks to April 19
Heineken NV, Anheuser-Busch InBev NV and other brewers are finally getting good news amid the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the closure of restaurants, bars and pubs in much of the world, Bloomberg reported on May 17.

Nielsen’s latest data in Europe for the four weeks ending April 19 shows strong growth trends, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., with an acceleration of the rise in the volume and value of beer across the region with the exception of Germany, because customers started drinking at home.

The recovery was particularly strong in the UK and Spain, fueled by pre-confinement supply, Goldman analysts led by Olivier Nicolai wrote in a report on May 15. The data shows that consumers also bought conventional or premium beers, easing concerns that they would buy cheaper beers given the difficult context, analysts said.

Heineken’s excellent performance in the UK continued with a 51.4% volume increase, where the Heineken and Birra Moretti brands were the main growth drivers, analysts wrote. AB InBev, meanwhile, continued to outperform in France, with strong growth in its Corona and Leffe beers.

Although this corresponds to just one month of figures, the data is encouraging and seems to point to the “dynamism” of ...More info on site

Brewery news Thailand & Vietnam: Thai craft brewers find brewing easier in Vietnam
Factories are not the only business moving into Vietnam — Thai craft beer has found an unlikely home in the neighbouring country, thanks to stiff regulations that keep small players from entering the market back home.

Sporting very Thai names like Mahana­khon, Krung Thep and Khao San, Thai craft beers often appear foreign in their own country because of the obtrusive import sticker and "Made in Vietnam" (or a number of other countries) printed on the side of the bottle.

Thailand's creaky beer regulations stipulate that new players entering the market must brew at least 10 million litres of beer each year and have over 10 million baht in capital, an impossible bar for small brewers to enter the market and protecting the duopoly of ThaiBev, the maker of Chang, and Boon Rawd Brewery, which makes Singha and Leo.

While Thailand used to have a larger underground craft brewing scene, many have gone overseas to brew their beer legally after a few high-profile arrests by the Excise Department. And increasingly Vietnam is offering the best mix of price, quality and logistical options. After import tariffs, excise tax and cold storage shipping costs, many beers become unaffordable to the average consumer in Thailand.

While Thai ...More info on site

Brewery news Ireland: Sales of alcohol outstrip increase in grocery purchases
Sales of alcohol in Ireland and the UK have outstripped the increase in grocery purchases sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, Independent.ie reported on May 18.

That is in marked contrast to Spain, Italy and France, where sales of alcohol have dramatically failed to match the surge in purchases of foodstuffs.

However, while sales of take-home alcohol have soared by 40pc in Ireland since the lockdown was enforced in March, overall alcohol sales are estimated to be down by 30pc due to the closure of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

In Belgium, supermarket sales of alcohol have only increased by 10pc.

One craft drinks producer, Daniel Emerson of Stonewell Cider, said that contrary to belief, not all drinks producers have enjoyed a sales boom because of the pandemic lockdown.

"Around 80pc of our business was through pubs and restaurants," he said.

"That market for us was literally wiped out almost two months ago. It was surreal - that is the only word for it."

The lockdown was a particularly cruel blow for the Cork cider firm, which was founded in 2010 by Mr Emerson and his wife Geraldine.

They had planned an ambitious series of events to mark their 10th anniversary, only to see the programme wrecked by the ...More info on site

Brewery news Japan: Asahi, Kirin to jointly make alcohol disinfectant from unshipped beer
Asahi Breweries Ltd. and Kirin Brewery Co. have announced that they will jointly make alcohol disinfectant for medical institutions from draft beer that they have been unable to ship to restaurants and other establishments due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, The Mainichi reported on May 17.

As many eateries and bars have had to temporarily shut down or shorten their operating hours due to the spread of the virus, beer makers have been left with stocks they can't ship.

In early April, long-established sake maker Kiuchi Brewery Inc. in the city of Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, was asked to help tackle the shortage of alcohol disinfectant by the prefectural government.

Kiuchi Brewery then asked Asahi and Kirin, which have factories in Ibaraki, to provide stocks of beer. The two companies agreed that they should make use of their beverages rather than wait for their expiration dates, and brought in a total of 24,000 litres of draft beer to a distillery at the brewery.

Kiuchi Brewery plans to use the beer to make a 70% alcohol disinfectant, put the solution in 1,260-liter bottles, and donate the items to the prefectural government and four municipal governments in Ibaraki. The solutions will reportedly be used ...More info on site

BarleyBarley News Barley

Barley newsChina & Australia: China’s anti-dumping duties on Australian barley ‘significant and devastating hit’ to industry
China’s imposed anti-dumping duties on Australian barley could wipe more than half a billion dollars in value off the industry, according to a farmers ...More info on site

WhiskyWhisky News Whisky

Whisky news India: Diageo plays down reports of planned United Spirits delisting
Diageo, the world’s largest premium drinks group, is reportedly planning to delist its Indian division, United Spirits (USL), by buying out minority shareholders in a deal that could be worth about £2 billion, The Drinks Business reported on May 19.

An Indian TV channel said that Diageo had opened talks with advisers about buying out the 43.24 per cent of the shares it does not own. However, Diageo said on May 19 in London: “We never comment on market rumours”.

Sources close to USL had claimed the report was “speculation”.

Observers pointed out that while Diageo may one day wish to increase its stake in USL, the group has regularly welcomed the presence of minority shareholders in a number of locations such as China, Turkey and in Africa.

Diageo owns a 56.76% stake in USL with the remainder held publicly via USL stock market listing. USL is formally a subsidiary of Diageo, having been incorporated into the parent group’s structure.

At the present market price the outstanding 43.24 per cent of USL’s shares would cost Diageo about £1.7 billion, but holders would be likely to demand a premium, especially as the shares have been hit recently by the general fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic and ...More info on site

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