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Friday, 22 April 2005
Crop 2004
2rs Barley €102.0 -0.97%
6rw Barley €99.0   -1.00%
2rs Malt €233.5 -0.64%
6rw Malt €229.0 -0.65%
Crop 2005
2rs Barley €115.5     
6rw Barley €105.0     
2rs Malt €246.5     
6rw Malt €232.5     

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    Germany: Germany remains a country of beer drinkers ... Click here

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Brewery News
USA: Anheuser-Busch welcomes Berkshire Hathaway as a shareholder

Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc., USA largest beer maker, announced on April 21 it has welcomed Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the holding company run by billionaire Warren Buffett, as a shareholder...more info

Australia: Coopers Brewery has now captured 25% of Australia’s beer market

Coopers Brewery has recently announced that almost one in every four beers sold in South Australia is now a Coopers...more info

Cambodia: Budvar has gained the rights to Budweiser name in Cambodia

Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar announced on April 20 it has gained the right to sell its beer under its original brand name of Budweiser in Cambodia. Thus the brewery has won the latest round of its global legal battle against U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch Ltd., over the use of the Budweiser brand name.

Budejovicky Budvar said Cambodia's Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Czech brewery earlier this month. The dispute over the rights to the Budweiser name is dating back to 2000. In the first round of legal action, a lower Cambodian court in 2000 ruled in favor of Anheuser-Busch, ordering the cancelation of already registered Budvar trademarks in the country. An appeals court in 2002, however, ruled in favor of the Czech company and the Supreme Court upheld its ruling.

"We welcome the court's ruling ... in favor of Budvar," said Jiri Bocek, the company's general director.

Currently, Budejovicky Budvar and Anheuser-Busch are involved in some 40 lawsuits worldwide. The two breweries have been battling over Budweiser and other trade names, such as Budvar, for a century.

Budejovicky Budvar was founded in 1895 in Ceske Budejovice - called Budweis by the German-speaking people that populated the area at the time. Beer has been brewed there since 1265 ...more info

Chile: Chile’s CCU will invest $90 million in expanding production capacity

Chile's leading beer maker, Compania Cervecerias Unidas (CCU), announced on April 21 it will invest $90 million this year in expanding its production capacity satisfying growing demand for its beverages...more info

Canada: Molson Canada has acquired Creemore Springs Brewery

Molson Canada, a unit of Molson Coors Brewing Co., announced on April 22 it has acquired Creemore Springs Brewery Ltd., located in Creemore, Ontario...more info

Germany: Germany remains a country of beer drinkers

As of the end of 2004 there were 1,274 breweries in Germany. Of wich 629 breweries in Bavaria, the state renowned for its beer gardens, huge one-litre steins of beer and famous beer halls like the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, according to the figures of The Federal Statistics Office in Wiesbaden posted on April 22, Deutsche Presse-Agentur posted.

The neighbouring southern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg had 178 breweries, while the most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, came next with 118 breweries.

The figures show that the country's beer sector has remained steady over the past decade in terms of overall brewery numbers, but with a marked trend towards micro-breweries.

The 1,274 figure for 2004 was only eight fewer than in 1995, the office reported. Of the total, large breweries with more than 500,000 hectolitres annual output numbered 50 last year, compared with 54 in 1995. So-called micro breweries with output of up to 5,000 hectolitres totalled 796 last year, surging 23.8 percent from the 643 such breweries in 1995, the office said. At the same time, the number of medium-sized breweries ranging between 5,000 and 500,000 hectolitres came to 428 last year, a 26.8 percent drop from 585 in 1995.

Per-capita beer consumption in Germany in 2004 came to 115.5 litres, down from 117.7 litres in 2003, by the federation's initial calculations.

"Germany remains a country of beer drinkers," commented Birte Kleppien, spokeswoman for the German Brewing Association, although she noted consumption has declined slightly. "By international comparison Germany is one of the markets with the most breweries and the biggest variety of brands," Kleppien said. "There have been some mergers, but on the other hand there have been new start-ups, especially of smaller breweries and restaurant breweries," she added. ...more info

Malt News

Japan: Analysts forecast malt demand declining

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Barley News

USA: North Dakota barley acreage is expected to be lowest in the last 80 years

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is estimating North Dakota barley production to be 1.2 million acres, only three-fourths the size of the 2004 crop and the lowest level in recorded history 80 years ago, The Associated Press commented on April 21.

The low barley acreage is attributed not only to the competition from other crops. “Malting and brewing companies, with a flush supply of grain, are not offering contracts as lucrative as those farmers landed in 2003 following a crop that was the smallest in six decades,” analysts said.

For the 2003 crop year, contract prices were as high as $3.50 per bushel, farmers said. This year, they are as low as $2.25.

Steve Edwardson, administrator of the North Dakota Barley Council, said there is reason for optimism amid the gloom, as a smaller crop should cut into supply and boost prices. "There's an old term amongst grain merchants that low prices are typically the cure for low prices," he said.

The industry also expects demand in Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia and Latin America to increase considerably in the coming years. Edwardson said that as personal incomes rise in those areas, beer consumption also is expected to increase.

Australia and Canada, two of the United States' main competitors in the world market, both have been hurt by damaged crops, he said.

North Dakota has led the nation in barley production for years. Nationwide, barley acreage is expected to fall by 12 percent to 3.97 million acres. With the size of the nationwide crop projected to drop 12 % from a year ago, the chances of North Dakota losing its top ranking "would be slim," Edwardson said.

Australia: ABB Grain Ltd. will make its first distribution for 2004/05 barley pools

ABB Grain Ltd. announced on April 19 will make its first distribution on April 27 to growers who delivered grain to the company’s 2004/05 season Standard and Extended barley pool payment options...more info

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Table of the week
EU Malting Barley Production vs. Demand 2005-2006.
Estimation and forecast, in thousand metric tonnes.

2005-2006 (July-June)
  Total Barley Production  Malting Barley %  Malting Barley Production  Malting Barley Demand Surplus/Deficit 
spring winter spring winter spring winter Total  spring winter Total  spring winter Total 
 Germany  2,859  8,817  57%  1%  1,639  102  1,741  2,142  200  2,342  -503  -98  -601 
 Belgium-Lux 62  294  17%    11    11  598  267  865  -587  -267  -854 
 Denmark  3,145  742  43%    1,336    1,336  310  310  1,026  1,026 
 Spain  6,636  2,200  9%    565    565  564  564 
 France  3,405  7,255  58%  24%  1,969  1,743  3,712  937  725  1,662  1,032  1,018  2,050 
 Greece  212  0%        45  45  -45  -45 
 Ireland  1,004  132  28%    279    279  237  237  42  42 
 Italy    1,377    4%    60  60  100  100  -100  60  -40 
 Netherlands  264  20  83%    220    220  253  69  322  -33  -69  -102 
 Portugal  25  0%        81  27  108  -81  -27  -108 
 U.K.  3,171  2,458  48%  26%  1,529  649  2,178  968  701  1,669  561  -52  509 
 Austria  467  392  38%  7%  178  29  207  158  25  183  20  24 
 Finland  1,909  8%    157    157  238  238  -81  -81 
 Sweden  1,631  32  17%    280    280  320  320  -40  -40 
 Poland  2,833  486  7%    188    188  355  355  -167  -167 
 Hungary  362  728  43%    156    156  126  126  30  30 
 Czech Rep  1,519  505  42%    638    638  550  550  88  88 
 Slovakia  725  53  45%    323    323  346  346  -23  -23 
 Estonia  260  6%    17    17  17  17 
 Latvia  263  6%    17    17  36  36  -19  -19 
 Lithuania  755  14  6%    48    48  163  163  -115  -115 
 Slovenia  47  0%      35  35  -35  -35 
 Cyprus  98  0%     
 Malta  0%     
 Total EU15 24,552  23,955  33%  11%  8,161  2,584  10,745  6,953  2,014  8,966  1,209  570  1,779 
 NewMem10 6,716  1,936  21%  0%  1,385  1,385  1,611    1,611  -226    -226 
 Total EU25 31,268  25,891  31%  10%  9,546  2,584  12,130  8,563  2,014  10,577  983  570  1,553 

Source: Stratégie Grains, 14 April 2005

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April 2005:
Helsinki Beer Festival;
Tour de Geuze 2005. Payottenland, Belgium;
FAB 2005 - BC Food & Beverage Conference. Vancouver, BC;
Grains Week 2005. Queensland, Australia;
Concise Course in Brewing Technology;
World Barley, Malt & Beer Conference 2005;
BEER. Exhibition Pavilion Minsk.;
Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America;
Classic City Brewfest, Athens, GA;
SIBFOODEXPO, Siberian Beer. Novosibirsk;
WINES, BEERS AND DRINKS Exhibition for the Beverage Industry. Krasnoyarsk, Russia;
Malting Course BRi Nutfield United Kingdom;
INTERPAK 2005 Duessledorf, Germany;
Excursion to West-Flanders;

May 2005:
2nd KBC festival of Dutch special beers;
TwinTrack Brewing Microbiology Program. The Siebel Institute;
HOFEX 2005. 11th Asian International Exhibition of Food & Drink. Hong Kong;
30th Congress of the European Brewery Convention;
Pivo-2005. Beer International Brewing Technology Exhibition. Sochi, Russia.;
Export Credit Guarantee Programs Seminar. USDA;
California Festival of Beers;

June 2005:
World Barley, Malt & Beer Conference 2005, Germany;
ASBC Annual Convention. American Society of Brewing Chemists Meeting.;
BRASIL BRAU International Fair of Beverage Technology;
FOOD TAIPEI 2005. The largest food and beverage show in Taiwan;
BevTek / BrewTek International Exhibition of Beverage and Brewery Processing and Packaging Technology. Bangkok, Thailand ;

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