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1 EUR = 1.4621 CAD
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1 EUR = 141.7930 JPY
1 EUR = 3.1879 BRL
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1 USD = 2.3177 BRL
1 USD = 32.7444 RUB
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Type Crop 2013 Crop 2014
2rs Barley 182.00-184.00 down0.54% 193.00-195.00 down0.51%
6rw Barley 173.00-175.00 down0.57% 182.00-184.00 down0.54%
2rs Malt 374.50-376.50 down0.33% 387.00-389.00 down0.32%
6rw Malt 363.50-365.50 down0.34% 373.00-375.00 down0.33%
Feed Barley 168.00-170.00down1.74% nq 

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Brewery news The Netherlands & India: Heineken becomes the largest shareholder of United Breweries ...Click here
Brewery news Denmark & China: Carlsberg completes partial take-over of Chongqing Brewery ...Click here
Brewery news The Netherlands & Mexico: Heineken confident in Mexico’s beer market potential ...Click here
Brewery news USA: US beer sales dropped by 2.3% between 2007 and 2012 ...Click here
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Brewery news South Korea: Oriental Brewery estimated to have been a successful investment for its current owners ...Click here
Brewery news Canada: Miller Brewing and Molson Coors delay court proceedings on disputed brand agreement ...Click here
Brewery news Australia: Lion launches A$60 million Little Creatures brewery ...Click here
Brewery news Australia: Coopers opens A$16.5 mln bottling line as part of expansion ...Click here
Brewery news EU & USA: EU brewers intend to negotiate beer tax removal through TTIP ...Click here
Barley news UK: Eight new barley varieties added to the UK’s Recommended List ...Click here
Brewery news Singapore: Beer in Singapore is the most expensive in Asia ...Click here
Brewery news Belgium & France: Belgian brewers worry over a possible new beer tax hike ...Click here
Brewery news The Czech Republic & Portugal: Budějovický Budvar wins a dispute over the Budweiser trademark at the Portuguese Commercial Court ...Click here
Whisky news UK: Adnams to sell out its entire production of whisky just days after the launch ...Click here
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These Days in Business History

December 09
1793 Noah Webster establishes New York's 1st daily newspaper, American Minerva
1843 P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu French economist is born
1905 French Assembly National votes for separation of church & state
1916 P Paul Leroy-Beaulieu French economist (Economist France), dies at 73
1967 Nicolae Ceausescu becomes President (dictator) of Romania
1968 Doug Engelbart demonstrates first computer mouse at Stanford

December 10
1672 New York Governor Lovelace announces monthly mail service between New York & Boston
1799 Metric system established in France
1901 1st Nobel Peace Prizes (to Jean Henri Dunant, Frederic Passy)
1915 10,000,000th model T Ford assembled
1930 Clayton K Yeutter, US trade representative/Republican National chairman is born in Nebraska
1948 UN General Assembly adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights
1993 Dow Jones hits record 3740.67

December 11
1812 1st newspaper on Curacao (Curacao Gazette & Commercial Advertiser)
1901 Marconi sends 1st transatlantic radio signal, Cornwall to Newfoundland
1930 Bank of the United States opens in New York NY
1967 SST prototype "Concorde" 1st shown (France)
1985 General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary
1985 Dow Jones closes above 1,500 for 1st time (1,511.70)


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Brewery newsThe Netherlands & India: Heineken becomes the largest shareholder of United Breweries
The Netherlands' Heineken NV has become the largest shareholder of India's United Breweries Ltd after its stake inched past that of liquor baron Vijay ...More info on site

Brewery newsDenmark & China: Carlsberg completes partial take-over of Chongqing Brewery
The Carlsberg Group has completed the partial take-over offer for shares in Chongqing Brewery Company Co. Ltd (CBC) that was announced on 4 March ...More info on site

Brewery newsThe Netherlands & Mexico: Heineken confident in Mexico’s beer market potential
Heineken NV, the world’s third-biggest brewer, says the Mexican beer market will bounce back in 2014 from this year’s declines as economic growth accelerates, ...More info on site

Brewery newsUSA: US beer sales dropped by 2.3% between 2007 and 2012
Beer is not selling the way it used to. US sales of the beverage declined in four of the past five years. Between 2007 ...More info on site

Brewery newsPhilippines & Myanmar: San Miguel Brewery considering investing in Myanmar
Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. is renewing its interest to expand its flagship beer operations to Myanmar amid strengthening bilateral ties between the Philippines and ...More info on site

Brewery newsSouth Korea: Oriental Brewery estimated to have been a successful investment for its current owners
Oriental Brewery may produce a happy hour for its private equity investors. Belgium’s Anheuser-Busch InBev has started discussions over buying back the South Korean ...More info on site

Brewery news Canada: Miller Brewing and Molson Coors delay court proceedings on disputed brand agreement
Miller Brewing Company (MBC), SABMiller's Canadian unit, and Molson Coors have successfully delayed a court showdown between the two in a bid to reach a settlement.

The case centres on MBC's attempt to cancel Molson Coors' contract to handle its brands, including Miller Genuine Draft, in Canada. However, in June, Molson obtained a temporary injunction to block MBC ending the tie-up, after filing a lawsuit earlier in the year.

Court proceedings over the disputed agreement were due to begin in Toronto on December 9. However, MBC said, along with Molson Coors Canada it had “mutually sought and obtained an adjournment of the trial...in order to pursue settlement negotiations”.

MBC's statement added: “Miller Brewing Company remains confident in its position, but views the opportunity to discuss settlement as a positive development.”

In a statement to the media, Molson Coors said: “This is a matter before the courts, and we do not comment on pending litigation. We are hopeful that there will be a positive outcome and look forward to moving forward with our business upon the ruling. Molson Coors Canada represents a number of great import brands and is proud of the success Miller brands have achieved in Canada under our ...More info on site

Brewery news Australia: Lion launches A$60 million Little Creatures brewery
Lion officially launched its new A$60 million Little Creatures brewery and hospitality venue in Geelong on December 9 ahead of its official opening on December 10.

Little Creatures announced plans to develop the 11-hectare site, which was once a 1920s art-deco textile mill, in early 2012 - just months before the publicly-listed company was acquired by Lion, according to the Shout.

The Geelong brewery will produce 1.25 million cartons of packaged beer in its first year of operation and has already started servicing its primary markets along the east coast of Australia.

This is the third Little Creatures brewery and will more than double total brewing capacity, alongside the existing breweries in Fremantle, and the Healesville site also in regional Victoria, which creates the boutique White Rabbit beer and Pipsqueak cider products also within the Little Creatures portfolio.

“Little Creatures is one of Australia’s most popular craft beers, and our investment in this major new brewery at Geelong will allow us to meet the growing demand for the Little Creatures portfolio of beers now, and into the future,” said Lion CEO, Stuart Irvine.

“Importantly, we’ll be able to produce beer closest to where our future growth will come from – the eastern states. Beer ...More info on site

Brewery news Australia: Coopers opens A$16.5 mln bottling line as part of expansion
Beer brand Coopers has opened its second bottling line, a A$16.5 million investment which is expected to increase flexibility in the brewery and prompt sales growth.

Officially opened on at Coopers’ Regency Park brewery on 6 December by the Governor of South Australia, the line is part of a broader A$20 million capital expansion program undertaken by the brewery this year, Manufacturers' Monthly reported on December 9.

The launch was also attended by the chief executive officer of German packaging engineering firm, KHS, which supplied the equipment.

Managing director of Coopers, Dr Tim Cooper, said: “Having a second bottling line will reduce down-time and provide Coopers with the additional capacity it requires to handle increasing demand.

“Our staff and contractors have worked exceptionally hard to complete the installation and have the line up and running in time for the Christmas and the summer season.”

The new line has a capacity of 1,200 bottles a minute and is being dedicated to Coopers’ traditional products including Pale Ale, Sparkling Ale, Mild Ale and Stout, which make up more than 70 percent of bottle volume.

The existing bottling line will be used for the other beers produced at Coopers, including the International brands Sapporo and Carlsberg, as well as ...More info on site

Brewery news EU & USA: EU brewers intend to negotiate beer tax removal through TTIP
European brewers last week (4 December) urged EU negotiators to put a removal of taxes on European brewers, from which their American competitors are exempt, on the table in the free-trade negotiations with the US. In the EU, small brewers have a reduced excise tax rate. This tax rate also applies to small US brewers importing to the EU, whereas the equivalent small brewer tax relief in the US only applies to domestically-produced beer, EurActiv reported on December 9.

This puts EU brewers exporting to the US at an important disadvantage, Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, said at a conference in Brussels.

“If you are an EU small brewer, you get nothing when you go to the US,” Simmonds said, adding that she would like to see the EU put an emphasis on the issue as part of the ongoing negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

“This is a very good example where industry needs to help us to make that case stronger in the discussions,” said Salvatore D’Acunto, the head of unit of the Commission's food and health care industries department.

“So we are absolutely open to take that on board, and to open the ...More info on site

Brewery news Singapore: Beer in Singapore is the most expensive in Asia
Singapore is not a cheap place to live. Among the findings of a new cost of living survey from international human resources consulting firm ECA is that the small, wealthy city-state is now the world’s 30th most expensive city for expatriates, up one place from last year. It’s the 9th most expensive city in Asia, with notoriously expensive Hong Kong only now slightly more expensive.

But beer drinkers who live in or visit the wealthy city-state are likely to fixate on another data point: Singapore has Asia’s most expensive beer, Quartz reported on December 6.

The survey notes that a typical brew at a bar in Singapore costs a whopping $13.47. That’s 45% more than a beer in Beijing, which is the world’s 15th most expensive city, and 39% higher than one in Tokyo, which is the 10th most expensive place for foreigners. Even Hong Kong, with its similar overall cost of living, has comparatively inexpensive beer, at $9.18—a difference of $4.29 per bottle. Indeed, other goods in Singapore, like milk, eggs, and bread, are similarly priced or markedly cheaper in Singapore than other Asian cities.

While data comparing excise taxes on alcohol between cities are difficult to come by, one clear factor ...More info on site

Brewery news Belgium & France: Belgian brewers worry over a possible new beer tax hike
The association of Belgian brewers is afraid that, for the second time this year, France seems to be targeting beers with a severe tax as rumours of a “pre-mix tax” on tax on residual sugar in beers continue to emerge, Retail Detail reported on December 10.

The increased taxes from earlier this year led to higher prices and “as expected, lower beer consumption rates” in France, according to the Belgian Brewers association: French beer consumption went down 10 % this year. The French government had hoped to get more revenue out of the duties, but due to lower consumption rates (and, therefore, lower income) it is now looking for other possible sources of income. This new income “has apparently been found in the application of a 2005 law meant to tax the sugar levels in so-called ‘alcopops’ (a mixture of soda and alcohol)”, says Sven Gatz, Belgian Brewers’ CEO: "Up until this point, the law was only used for ‘alcopops’, but it seems the French government is now targeting residual sugar levels in beer. Even though most maltose gets turned into alcohol during the fermentation process, nearly all beers still have a certain amount of residual sugar after fermentation.” Especially the ...More info on site

Brewery news The Czech Republic & Portugal: Budějovický Budvar wins a dispute over the Budweiser trademark at the Portuguese Commercial Court
Czech brewery Budějovický Budvar has won a dispute over the Budweiser trademark with multinational brewing group Anheuser-Busch InBev at the Portuguese Commercial Court, Budvar's spokesman Petr Samec told ČTK on December 11. The verdict means that Budvar has averted another attack on its Budweiser trademark, Samec said.

AB InBev tried to register four its trademarks containing a Budweiser element in Portugal in 2001 despite the fact that Budějovický Budvar owned several Budweiser trademarks in the country then.

Budvar filed a complaint against AB InBev's plans to register the trademarks at Portugal's trademark office.

The office refused to register the trademarks in 2003, but AB InBev appealed the decision at the Commercial Court which has turned down the appeal now.

”After considering all evidence and circumstances, the court came to a conclusion that Budějovický Budvar owns several registrations with the Budweiser element that are older than AB InBev's trademarks and could be mistaken for them. This means that AB InBev cannot register new trademarks in Portugal,” said Lukáš Lorenc of law office Čermák a spol., which represents Budějovický Budvar in the dispute.

Samec said Budvar has defended its trademark position and prevented AB InBev from entering the Portuguese market.

The company expects to increase exports to Portugal ...More info on site

Brewery news South Korea: Oriental Brewery to introduce an ale brand early in 2014
Oriental Brewery (OB), the nation’s leading beer maker, plans to introduce an ale beer brand around January, intensifying competition in the local beer market, Korea Times reported on December 8.

The move came a couple of months after Hite Jinro, Korea’s largest liquor maker, unveiled the first ale beer called Queen’s Ale here in September.

According to industry sources, OB has finished making its contents for the ale beer and started designing the package.

The ale beer market has great growth potential as it currently accounts for only 1 percent of the total beer market here.

OB’s decision came as part of efforts to sustain growth after the decline of its sales due to the rising number of various imported beers.

Lotte Liquor, Lotte’s liquor affiliate mainly making soju and fruit wines, recently jumped into the beer market. The firm is expected to unveil its first beer in January.

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Barley news UK: Eight new barley varieties added to the UK’s Recommended List
Eight new barley varieties are added to the UK’s Recommended List, three winter types and five spring, Farmers’ Weekly reported on December 7.

Tower looks the most interesting of the new winter barley varieties and could prove to be a useful partner to last year’s high yielding newcomer Glacier.

The new variety comes from the same breeder KWS as Glacier, and both could become big varieties as the winter barley market consolidates towards feed rather than malting types.

“Tower will add more choice to the feed market and will probably do well in the west with its disease resistance profile,” says David Leaper of Openfield.

The arrival of Glacier last year represented a big step up in yield over established variety Cassia, again from KWS, and new variety Tower will provide another high-output option.

Barry Barker of Agrii says that Glacier has already established itself in the market, taking ground from Cassia last year and he expects it to consolidate its leading position next season.

“In my opinion, Glacier has the edge on Tower as a variety, but there is very little to separate them on paper. I would expect them to take a third of the winter barley area between both of them,” he says.

Tetris ...More info on site

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Whisky news UK: Adnams to sell out its entire production of whisky just days after the launch
Brewer Adnams is set to sell out of its entire production of whisky, just days after it launched the product, This Is Money reported on December 7.

The company, best known for ales such as Broadside and Ghost Ship, began producing spirits three years ago.

Initially just 5,000 bottles of Adnams No.1, a single malt matured in French oak barrels, and Adnams No.2, made from East Anglian barley, wheat and oats matured in American oak, were made. A fifth of that was snapped up within 24 hours of going on sale.

‘We’re all thrilled,’ said chairman Jonathan Adnams. ‘With the benefit of hindsight, we should have perhaps made five times as much, but three years ago it felt like a huge gamble to be going into making spirits at all.’

Adnams, which has been brewing since 1872 and is still owned by families in and around Southwold, Suffolk, invested £650,000 in its Copper House distillery in 2010. It now produces honey vodka, sloe gin, limoncello and absinthe, and its Copper House gin has won a top award.

Next year the firm is to launch a triple sec – an orange-flavour liqueur – and is using local grapes to try to make brandy.

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