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January 16, 2009

Type Crop 2008 Crop 2009
2rs Barley EUR120.0-122.0 EUR136.0-138.0
6rw Barley EUR114.0-116.0 EUR126.0-128.0
2rs Malt EUR341.5-343.5 EUR352.5-354.5
6rw Malt EUR333.0-335.0 EUR339.5-341.5
Feed Barley EUR103.0-105.0 nq

Note: Just click on the price link and you will be led to our Market Price History. Average barley market prices are French and are estimated on FOB Creil basis. Average Malt Prices are theoretical and based FOB Antwerp being estimated on French malting barley. The changes are compared to last Newsletter's prices. Arrows indicate the direction of the change.

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World: SABMiller’s Q3 2008 report misses analysts’ estimates ...Click here
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Belgium: Belgian brewers report a 4% drop in the nation’s beer consumption ...Click here
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Russia: Carlsberg beer sales in Russia flat in Q4 2008 - CEO ...Click here
Australia: ABB’s national No.2 malting barley pool opens on January, 16 ...Click here
United Kingdom: Scotland publishes final figures for last year’s barley crop ...Click here
EU: No change on feed and malting barley markets ...Click here
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United States: Hops prices stay the same despite high 2008 crop ...Click here

United States & Belgium: Anheuser-Busch InBev chooses New York for setting a new office ...More Info
Japan: Kirin makes public business approach for 2009 ...More Info
Denmark: Carlsberg announces new appointments and impending layoffs ...More Info
United States: Recent brewers’ mergers do not disturb the landscape of the retail beer businesses ...More Info
Belarus: Two breweries, including the nation’s largest one, may pass into SABMiller’s ownership ...More Info
China: China Resources appoints new managing director ...More Info
Ukraine: Corona Extra to be distributed by Slavutich Carlsberg Group ...More Info
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Brewery News

World: SABMiller’s Q3 2008 report misses analysts’ estimates
SABMiller plc issued its interim management statement for the third quarter ended December, 2008, on January, 15.

According to the world’s second-largest brewer, the statement ...More Info

Japan: Beer shipments loose 2.7% in 2008
Japan’s shipments of beer and beer-like alcoholic drinks in 2008 slid 2.7 percent from a year earlier to 482.68 million cases, The Japan Times ...More Info

Belgium: Belgian brewers report a 4% drop in the nation’s beer consumption
Belgium’s beer consumption fell by another 4% in 2008, according to provisional data provided by the nation’s Brewers Association, L’Echo reported on January, 15.

Each ...More Info

Australia: Australia’s beer industry sees positive results of 2008

Australians, who abandoned mixed spirits after the Federal Government's new tax last year, appear to be switching some of their consumption to beer, The Age communicated on January, 16.

A report by stockbroker Citi on beverage trends, based on consumption data from ACNielsen, shows beer sales started to turn around in May — a month after the tax in the ready-to-drink category was increased by 69 per cent.

The upturn in beer consumption in Australia is modest, running at a 0.5 per cent gain in volume by the end of last year — suggesting consumption has stopped shrinking, rather than started growing.

The quarterly report on beverage trends by Citi analysts Andy Bowley and Craig Woolford argues the upturn in beer drinking seems to have benefited Foster's Group most, clawing back 1.8 percentage points of market share from under 49 per cent to more than 50 per cent since May.

Citi's work was also slightly hampered by limited availability of Lion Nathan and Coca-Cola Amatil data, due to the former being in the middle of trying to take over the latter.

"Foster's (beer market) share gains have coincided with the change in management adding support to new CEO Ian Johnston's focus on marketing and innovation," ...More Info

Japan: Asahi beer reports December beer sales results
Asahi Breweries reported its December 2008 beer sales on its official site on January, 15.

The Japanese brewer said its domestic beer sales amounted to ...More Info

Russia: Carlsberg beer sales in Russia flat in Q4 2008 - CEO
Carlsberg beer sales in Russia were flat during the fourth quarter, and it did not experience the same weakness as peer SABMiller, Jorgen Rasmussen, ...More Info

Barley News

Australia: ABB’s national No.2 malting barley pool opens on January, 16

ABB Grain announced the opening of its national No.2 malting barley pool on January, 16.

ABB’s pooled grain business unit manager Anthony Fitzgerald said this second pool offered another grain marketing alternative for growers to consider.

The estimated return for the premium varieties Baudin, Gairdner and Buloke will be AU$210-AU$220/tonne FOB with Flagship at AU$215-AU$225/t.

The traditional varieties of Schooner, Sloop, Fitzroy, and Grimmett, have an estimated return of AU$200-210/t FOB.

Segregations such as malt 2, malt 3, and no retention will be available, the company announced.

ABB offers three pool payment alternatives for its barley (malt and feed) pools. The traditional harvest payment, for barley, is 60 per cent of the FOB estimate less 100 per cent of estimated costs.

The other alternatives are quarterly distributions, which will have deducted 100% of costs incurred to the time of each distribution, and a single payment alternative paid at pool finalisation (less costs incurred during the life of the pool).

ABB closed its No.1 malting pool on December 31 last year.

United Kingdom: Scotland publishes final figures for last year’s barley crop

Final figures for last year’s barley harvest were published by the Scottish Government's chief statistician on January, 14, Scotsman reported on the same day.

The production of barley, Scotland's most important crop, rose by 12.9 per cent or 214,000 tonnes to 1.9 million tonnes.

Commodity values have increased, but are still well below 12 months ago. The odds must be that there will be a reduction in the area of crops planted in the spring, with high fertiliser prices making the growing of barley on more marginal land economically doubtful, experts comment.

EU: No change on feed and malting barley markets
Participants are very moderate in their activity on the EU feed barley market, La Depeche reported on January, 16.

Sales of feed barley are restricted ...More Info

Australia: Barley price increases unlikely as big crop and financial crisis makes buyers behave conservatively
Barley growers who have held onto grain this season hoping for a price rise are likely to be disappointed, as buyers remain cautious in ...More Info

Hops News

United States: Hops prices stay the same despite high 2008 crop
According to Don Tubbs, brewing manager for the Mendocino Brewing Co, the fact that a bumper crop came in last year didn't help alleviate ...More Info
Scientific Digest

Indigenous Microbial Community of Barley Greatly Influences Grain Germination and Malt Quality

Arja Laitila, Erja Kotaviita, Petri Peltola, Silja Home and Annika Wilhelmson

J. Inst. Brew. 113(1), 9–20, 2007 The present study was carried out to investigate the impacts of bacterial and fungal communities on grain germination and on the malting properties of good-quality two-row barley. In order to suppress the growth of bacterial and/or fungal communities, various antibiotics were added to the first steeping water of barley. This study was also designed to explore the dynamics of the bacterial community in the malting process after antimicrobial treatments by polymerase chain reaction-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE). The diverse microbial community played an active role in the malting ecosystem. Even previously undescribed bacterial species were found in the malting ecosystem. Suppression of the bacterial community mainly consisting of Gram-negative bacteria was advantageous with respect to grain germination and wort separation. In addition, more extract was obtained after antibacterial treatments. The fungal community significantly contributed to the production of microbial beta- glucanases and xylanases, and was also involved in proteolysis. An improved understanding of the complex microbial community and its role in malting enables a more controlled process management and the production of high quality malt with tailored properties. Key words: Bacteria, barley, fungi, malt quality, malting, PCRDGGE. Load full article, 12 pages, 4150 Kb, PDF file

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* - 70/30 = 70% Average two Rows Spring and 30% Six Rows Winter
** - 50/50 = 50% Average two Rows Spring and 50% Six Rows Winter

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