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11 May 2005
Crop 2004
2rs Barley €101.5     
6rw Barley €99.0       
2rs Malt €232.5     
6rw Malt €228.5     
Crop 2005
2rs Barley €114.5 -0.87%
6rw Barley €105.0     
2rs Malt €244.0 -0.61%
6rw Malt €231.5     

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Average barley market prices are French and are estimated on FOB Creil basis.
Average malt market prices are estimated on FOB Antwerp basis.
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Equities of the Largest Breweries

Top Industry News
    Slovakia: SABMiller is acquiring major stake in Topvar brewery in Slovakia ... Click here

    East Europe: Baltic Beverages Holding AB sold 14% more beer in Q1 2005 ... Click here

    Dominican Republic: AmBev is progressing in building its brewing plant ... Click here

    Canada: Sleeman posted net revenues increased in Q1 2005 and is focusing on cost controls ... Click here

    Denmark: "Bryggerigruppen A/S" has changed its name to "Royal Unibrew A/S" ... Click here

    China: Kirin Brewery of Japan is to boost beer production and sales in China this year ... Click here

    Analysts: Malt industries are expanding elsewhere ... Click here

    Europe: Barley crops and markets ... Click here

    Canada: CWB has expanded the basis payment contract to include designated barley ... Click here

    Czech Republic: Czech hop growers produced 6310,7 tonnes of hops in 2004 ... Click here

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    Ukraine: In July - April export contracts for 16,870 t of malting barley were concluded ...more info

    Australia: Coopers beers scoop medal pool at International Beer Awards ...more info

    Poland: Kompania Piwowarska is planning to increase its production by 25% ...more info

    India: Cobra launches premium beer in Mumbai ...more info

    Japan: Kirin Brewery posted Q1 2005 net profit of 987 million yen versus 3.6 billion yen ...more info

    Australia & USA: Pelican Pub & Brewery leads U.S. winners in International Awards ...more info

    New Zealand: Amstel Light Steals Market Share In The Light Beer Category ...more info

    USA: Pyramid Breweries Inc. reports Q1 2005 results with 25.6% sales growth ...more info

    UK: Greencore is in talks to renegotiate EUR 400 million debt ...more info

    Denmark: Carlsberg A/S posted Q1 2005 Financial Results ...more info

    Russia: Baltika appointed Anton Artemiev as company’s President ...more info

Brewery News
Slovakia: SABMiller is acquiring major stake in Topvar brewery in Slovakia

SABMiller plc, one of the world’s largest brewers, announced on May 9 that it has agreed to acquire the Slovakian brewer Topvar, a.s. Topvar is located in the City of Topolcany in Western Slovakia and sold 569,000 hectolitres of beer in 2004. The value of the net assets to be acquired is approximately US$15.2 million.

Alan Clark, Managing Director of SABMiller’s European division, commented: “This acquisition complements our existing operations in Slovakia and strengthens our overall position in Central Europe. Topvar brings to SABMiller a strong local brand, an excellent distribution platform in Western Slovakia and a quality production site. The acquisition reflects our strategy of optimising and expanding our positions in developing markets and we anticipate brand, procurement and distribution benefits arising from the transaction.”

Under the terms of the agreement with the controlling shareholders, SABMiller will make an offer to acquire all the shares of the minority shareholders in the Company (40.5% interest). Depending on the level of acceptances under the Offer, the controlling shareholders, who have a 59.5% interest in the Company, have agreed to sell sufficient shares such that SABMiller’s interest will be at least 33%, but not more than 49% of the issued share capital.

Six months after the acquisition of the Initial Stake, the controlling shareholders will sell further shares (“the Additional Shares”) to enable SABMiller to increase its interest to at least 67% of Topvar. The remaining shares held by the controlling shareholders are subject to put and call arrangements exercisable within 18 months of SABMiller acquiring the Additional Shares. ...more info

East Europe: Baltic Beverages Holding AB sold 14% more beer in Q1 2005

East European brewery, Baltic Beverages Holding AB (BBH), announced on May 10 first quarter results (January to March 2005). BBH posted a 14 % rise in first-quarter beer volumes...more info

Dominican Republic: AmBev is progressing in building its brewing plant

AmBev Dominicana has recently announced that the construction of its brewing plant in Dominican Republic is progressing...more info

Canada: Sleeman Breweries posted net revenues increased in Q1 2005 and is focusing on cost controls

Sleeman Breweries Ltd. posted on May 11 lower profits for the first quarter and said it wants to focus on raising sales of premium beer and controlling costs as the Canadian industry faces tougher competition, according to Canadian Press. The Guelph, Ont.-based brewer announced it earned $1.6 million or 14 cents a share for the first quarter ended April 2. That compared with a profit of $2.2 million or 10 cents a share last year. Net revenues rose 5% to $40.2 million from $38.3 million.

Sleeman said the revenue increase was due partially to the addition of Unibroue sales in the quarter as well as increased Sapporo volume and was somewhat offset by the contract brewing loss in Quebec and lower revenues from price discounting in Quebec, Alberta and Ontario.

Chairman and CEO John Sleeman said the company's goal this year is to increase premium beer sales while controlling costs and improving productivity at the company's plants and distribution centres.

"The beer industry in Canada is experiencing major changes, especially in the value category, where small brewers and 'virtual' brewers capitalize on significant tax advantages as a means of competing," said Sleeman ...more info

Denmark: The Company's name is changed from "Bryggerigruppen A/S" to "Royal Unibrew A/S"

The Danish Brewery Group A/S (Bryggerigruppen A/S) announced on May 4 the Company's name has changed from "Bryggerigruppen A/S" to "Royal Unibrew A/S" as of May 11.

The resolution was proposed at the Extraordinary General Meeting on Wednesday, 4 May 2005, at 09:00 and was passed. The Company's former name was recorded as a secondary name. However, as half of the share capital was not represented, subsequent adoption at an Extraordinary General Meeting was required.

China: Kirin Brewery of Japan is to boost beer production and sales in China this year

Kirin Brewery Co Ltd, the second biggest brewery of Japan, plans to increase beer production and sales in China...more info

Malt News

Analysts: Malt industries are expanding elsewhere

Smaller exports are the consequence of expanding malt industries elsewhere, only in few countries (Japan) of lower consumption...more info

Barley News

Europe: Barley crops and markets

The EU barley balance looks still manageable in comparison to the total intervention stock of 15 million tonnes...more info

Canada: CWB has expanded the basis payment contract to include designated barley

The Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) has expanded the basis payment contract to include designated barley. A pilot program of 50,000 tonnes will be offered for the 2005-06 crop year, for farmers who deliver directly to a malt processing facility, Canadian Press posted on May 11.

Pricing will be based on reference grade of Standard Select two-row and six-row barley, in-store Vancouver or St. Lawrence.

Prices will be based on the Winnipeg Western Barley futures market. The program offers increased pricing flexibility by providing the ability to lock in a premium for malt barley over feed barley futures, and take advantage of market rallies that may occur within the crop year.

Hops News

Czech Republic: Czech hop growers produced 6310,7 tonnes of hops in 2004

In 2004 Czech hop growers produced 6,310.7 metric tonnes of hops compared to 5,526.8 metric tonnes of hops in 2003 (+14.2%), according to the figures published by Hop Growers Union of the Czech Republic. The average yield for 2004 was 1,08 t/ha, which corresponds with the years 2001 and 2002 and is 16% higher than last year.

The production in the main growing region of Saaz reached 4435,5 t of hops, the highest yields were recorded in the Moravian Tirschitz region with 1,51 t/ha.

Saaz hops, the Czech variety, accounted for 87,4% of the Czech production with average yield of 1,02t/ha. The quality was very good and the alpha content also better than in two previous years. Very good yields and quality were also achieved with the new Czech varieties Premiant, Sladek and Agnus. The production of these varieties is slowly increasing year by year thanks to demand in the Czech breweries but also in many breweries abroad. Due to strong demand for high quality Czech hops there are no remaining quantities of hops at growers, Hop Growers Union of the Czech Republic said.

Czech Republic is the fourth largest hop producer after Germany, USA and China. In 2004 world hop production totalled about 92,300 metric tonnes, according to preliminary estimations. ...more info

Theoretical malt prices.

* - 70/30 = 70% Average Two Row Spring and 30% Six Row Winter
** - 50/50 = 50% Average Two Row Spring and 50% Six Row Winter

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Malting barley prices. French barley prices.
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Barley Price Evolution
French Malting Barley Price Evolution Crop 2005

Table of the week
EU Malt Export Licence Fixations:

(in tonnes)   2000-2001  2001-2002   2002-2003   2003-2004  July 01, 2004 - April  27, 2005  
 France   523,190  701,134  661,772  774,761  604,100 
 Germany   305,980  468,314  408,063  422,047  225,773 
 Belgium   277,584  296,368  287,850  317,292  348,210 
 U.K. 254,793  350,621  294,995  443,501  193,835 
 Finland   65,550  91,890  100,758  114,165  44,921 
 Denmark    52,326  96,812  94,791  90,452  46,734 
 Sweden   50,847  101,000  76,916  78,369  70,840 
 Netherlands   54,835  51,310  66,219  80,703  40,128 
 Ireland   26,003  35,145  31,140  38,900  56,924 
 Austria   4,850  8,840  8,620  60,211  8,096 
 Spain   3,000  2,400  5,640  10,000 
 Greece   1,800  1,744  1,306  979  130 
 Portugal   340  221  85  695  680 
 Total EU 15  1,621,098  2,205,799  2,038,157  2,432,075  1,640,371 
 New EU members  May-June, 04   
 Czech Republic         34,340  67,773 
 Poland         7,604  29,988 
 Hungary         2,830  61,448 
 Slovakia         1,000  56,696 
 Total EU 25   1,621,098  2,205,799  2,038,157  2,477,849  1,856,276 

  Total Wheat malt, tonnes  
Total 2000-2001    4,686 
Total 2001-2002    12,805 
Total 2002-2003    30,908 
Total 2003-2004    15,768 
July 01/2004 – April 27/2005    6,259 
  Total Roasted malt, tonnes  
Total 2000-2001    23,967 
Total 2001-2002    23,480 
Total 2002-2003    23,603 
Total 2003-2004    24,438 
July 01/2004 – April 27/2005    23,091 

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May 2005:
2nd KBC festival of Dutch special beers;
TwinTrack Brewing Microbiology Program. The Siebel Institute;
PIVO, GASTRO, BAKERY, International exhibition of beer and brewing. Bulgaria.;
HOFEX 2005. 11th Asian International Exhibition of Food & Drink. Hong Kong;
30th Congress of the European Brewery Convention;
World Agricultural Forum 2005 World Congress;
Whole Grain Conference / Barley Workshop - Minneapolis;
Export Credit Guarantee Programs Seminar. USDA;
Pivo-2005. Beer International Brewing Technology Exhibition. Sochi, Russia.;
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 ;

July 2005:
Interwine China. International Wine, Brewery and Beverage Processing Technology and Equipment Trade Fair;
2005 North American Barley Researchers Workshop;
U.S. Grains Council Summer Board Meeting;
District Eastern Canada MBAA annual convention;
Open Door to "Mortal's Beers";

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