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French Barley/Malt
Crop 2016
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 185.50-187.50 up0.54%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 161.00-163.00 up0.62%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 383.00-385.00 up0.32%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 353.00-355.00 up0.35%
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) 135.00-137.00up0.74%
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2017
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 189.50-191.50 up0.53%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 163.00-165.00 -
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 386.00-388.00 up0.32%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 353.50-355.50 -
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) nq 
Danish Malting Barley
Crop 2016
Free on truck
Ex Farm
Malting Barley (East) 1,199.00-1,201.00 up0.84%
Malting Barley (West) 1,199.00-1,201.00 up0.84%
Danish Malting Barley
Crop 2017
Free on truck
Ex Farm
Malting Barley (East) 1,249.00-1,251.00 up0.81%
Malting Barley (West) 1,249.00-1,251.00 up0.81%
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Malt news USA: Rahr Malting launches world’s largest single-site malting facility in Minnesota ...Click here

Brewery news EU: Sale of SABMiller’s eastern European assets draws attention as such highly priced deals don’t come along every day in the region ...Click here
Brewery news World: World’s largest brewers expanding their nonalcoholic beer offerings ...Click here

Barley news EU: Malting barley surplus seen at only 250 thousand tonnes this year ...Click here
Barley news Canada: Malting barley prices remain soft despite reports of quality issues ...Click here
Barley news World: Total grains production forecast at 2.077 bln tonnes this crop year ...Click here

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Brewery news The Netherlands: Heineken prices EUR500 mln of Notes ...Click here
Brewery news Belgium: AB InBev to cut investments in Hoegaarden beer ...Click here
Brewery news USA: Constellation Brands Inc. announces new $1 billion stock repurchase program ...Click here
Brewery news Turkey: Anadolu Efes CEO leaving his position as of December 31 ...Click here
Brewery news USA: Altria Group increases its share in AB InBev ...Click here
Brewery news Ireland: Heineken to face no sanctions over selling of mislabelled products ...Click here
Brewery news USA: Molson Coors confirms cuts within MillerCoors ...Click here

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French researchers specifically looked into 4MMP, 3MH and 3MHA as fruity thiol components in beer, but are also known in wines. In wine, these components are in the juice from the grape as precursors and liberated only during fermentation. Analyzing the same precursors in hops they found a concentration that was about 100 times of that found in beer. Looking into kettle addition, fermentation and dry hopping huge variations were found in the concentrations of these precursors which leads to a lot of questions that demand further research.

Dagans, L.: Hops provide important sources of thiols precursors
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1877 - Tom Edison announces his "talking machine" invention (phonograph)
1930 - 1st commercial crossing of Pacific by plane (China Clipper)
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1927 - 1st snowmobile patent granted to Carl Eliason (Sayner Wisc)
1954 - Humane Society forms
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Malt news USA: Rahr Malting launches world’s largest single-site malting facility in Minnesota
The world’s largest single-site malting facility now operates in Shakopee, Minnesota, though its owners could have processed barley into beer ingredients elsewhere, the Star Tribune reported on November 19.

This fall, Rahr Corp. opened a new $68 million malt house, which processed its first batch of grain on November 15. As craft beer saturates the beverage industry, an on-site “research brewery” will open by spring so that small brewers can test new products using sophisticated equipment from Germany.

Rahr’s latest expansion depended on state and local tax-increment financing and is part of Shakopee’s subsidization of other big-name newcomers, like Amazon and Shutterfly, with the idea to create more jobs and build its industrial tax base. Rahr, which was originally Rahr Malting, moved to Shakopee from Manitowoc, Wis., in 1936. It also has operations in North Dakota, Washington and Canada, exporting malt primarily throughout North America, but also to international clients.

“Rahr is truly our oldest company here in Shakopee,” said Samantha DiMaggio, the city’s economic development coordinator. “If you can’t help the company that’s helped everyone in town, then you’re really failing, in my mind.”

The facility off County Road 69 now includes six malt houses, a 20,000-square-foot research brewery and technical center, and ...More info on site

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Brewery news EU: Sale of SABMiller’s eastern European assets draws attention as such highly priced deals don’t come along every day in the region
Multibillion-dollar takeover deals do not come along every day in central and Eastern Europe. That makes the €5 bln-plus auction of SABMiller’s eastern European brewing assets a focus of particular attention, the Financial Times reported on November 23.

The sale, which is part of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s £71 bln takeover of SABMiller, is expected to be finalised in coming weeks. It will help make this the biggest year for CEE takeovers by value for at least a decade.

While the chance to acquire beer brands is increasingly rare in a globally consolidated industry, other factors have driven the interest, too.

Hungary and Poland, home to two of the five assets, have governments that are championing the idea of repatriating businesses and brands.

This comes after post-communist privatisations saw large swaths of their economies end up in foreign hands. Another company is in the Czech Republic, which has the world’s highest per-capita beer consumption and a proud brewing heritage.

The jewel in the sale is Plzensky Prazdroj, the number one Czech brewer and owner of the renowned Pilsner Urquell brand. There is also the Polish number one, Kompania Piwowarska, maker of Tyskie and Lech, and Romania’s top brewer, Ursus. Slovakia’s Topvar and Hungary’s Dreher are each number ...More info on site

Brewery news World: World’s largest brewers expanding their nonalcoholic beer offerings
After years of trying and failing to jump-start sales of alcohol-free beer, the world’s largest brewers are expanding their nonalcoholic offerings with renewed zeal, the Wall Street Journal reported on November 22.

Each of the new global Big Three in brewing— Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, Heineken NV and Carlsberg A/S—is investing in new technology, marketing and distribution for nonalcoholic beers like Budweiser Prohibition Brew, 0.0% MAXX and Nordic. They are betting stricter alcohol regulations and a shift toward healthier consumption will lift sales.

None of the companies breaks out its investments on alcohol-free beer. But Carlsberg recently outlined plans to, at minimum, double craft and nonalcoholic beer volumes from 6% to 12% by 2022. And AB InBev has said at least a fifth of its beer volume world-wide will be no or low alcohol by the end of 2025, up from 6% currently.

“Nonalcoholic beer is growing three times faster than the overall beer market and offers some excellent margin opportunities,” Carlsberg Chief Executive Cees ’t Hart said earlier this year.

Brewers earn fatter profit margins from nonalcoholic beer given the absence of excise tax and the fact that such beers often sell at a premium to regular beer. Carlsberg figures show an average gross ...More info on site

Brewery news The Netherlands: Heineken prices EUR500 mln of Notes
Heineken N.V. announced on November 22 that it has successfully placed long 10-year Notes with a coupon of 1.375% for a principal amount of €500 million.

The Notes will be issued under the Company's Euro Medium Term Note Programme and will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

The proceeds from the Notes issuance will be used for general corporate purposes. The maturity date of the Notes is 29 January 2027.

Barclays, Crédit Agricole, HSBC and Rabobank acted as book runners and ABN Amro, ANZ, Banca IMI, MUFG and Raiffeisen Bank International as co-managers.

Brewery news Belgium: AB InBev to cut investments in Hoegaarden beer
Leuven, Belgium-based brewer AB InBev will not invest as much anymore in its wheat beer Hoegaarden, because the beer is no longer a European priority. The money will go to other beers, like Hoegaarden's radler varieties, Retail Detail Europe reported on November 21.

For a long time, AB InBev invested a lot in Hoegaarden, a very well-known beer in Belgium, the Netherlands and France. It is also available in other European countries like the United Kingdom, but nevertheless, the brewery feels it only has a limited growth potential. Sales in Belgium and the Netherlands have been stable for a while and the brand has even slumped slightly in France. Other brands have also noticed wheat beer's waning popularity, both locally and abroad. "We mainly sell our Vedett White wheat beer abroad, in countries like Japan and China", brewery Duvel Moortgat said. "The local demand is small, because Belgium has an abundance of craft beers." AB InBev's decision does not mean it will no longer invest in the brand. "Hoegaarden is still an international brand, just like Leffe for example," AB InBev's Zone President for Europe, Stuart MacFarlane, said. Hoegaarden will keep its position as a focus brand in Asia and we ...More info on site

Brewery news USA: Constellation Brands Inc. announces new $1 billion stock repurchase program
Constellation Brands Inc. announced on November 21 a new $1 billion stock repurchase program, which will be in addition to its existing $1 billion program, MarketWatch reported.

The company did not say when the new program expires. The new buyback program comes after Fitch Ratings upgraded the beer, wine and spirit's company's credit rating to BBB-, or to investment grade status, last week.

"We are pleased with our new Investment Grade status, which has been driven by our ability to continue to generate strong earnings and operating cash flow," Constellation Chief Financial Officer David Klein said. "This provides us with the flexibility to be opportunistic with future share repurchases while remaining committed to our 3.5x targeted leverage ratio."

The stock, which was little changed in premarket trade, has climbed 8.9% year to date through Friday, November 18, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.11% has gained 6.8%.

Brewery news Turkey: Anadolu Efes CEO leaving his position as of December 31
Turkey’s largest beer maker Anadolu Efes has announced that Robin Michael Goetzsche, who has been serving as its president and CEO since November 2015, will be leaving his position as of Dec. 31, the Hurriyet Daily News reported on November 21.

A statement to the Public Disclosure Platform (KAP) on Nov. 21 said Goetzsche will be leaving due to personal reasons.

Effective as of Jan. 1, 2017, John Gavin Hudson, who has been working as the managing director of Efes Russia, will replace him and will report directly to Anadolu Efes’ Board of Directors, said the statement.

Efes Russia’s CFO Roy Alan Cornish will be appointed as acting managing director of Efes Russia, in addition to resuming his current position.

Hudson joined SABMiller South Africa in 1992, according to the statement.

He has served in several executive positions in marketing, sales, distribution and general management roles within SABMiller.

Hudson was appointed as the Sales Vice President of SABMiller operations in Colombia in 2011 and resumed this role until January 2016, when he was appointed as Managing Director of Efes Russia, added the statement.

Brewery news USA: Altria Group increases its share in AB InBev
Altria Group, Inc. (a DiversityInc Noteworthy Company) filed a Schedule 13D with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing open market purchases of Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (AB InBev) ordinary shares subsequent to the closing of the business combination with SABMiller, DiversityInc reported on November 21.

In November 2015, AB InBev and SABMiller announced their agreement to combine. On October 10, 2016, the transaction closed allowing Altria’s continued participation in the global beer profit pool. From October 11 through October 21, Altria purchased approximately 12 million ordinary shares of AB InBev. Including these shares, Altria now has approximately 10.2 percent ownership of AB InBev, and two seats on its Board of Directors.

Altria’s increased investment in AB InBev supports its strategy of managing diverse income streams to deliver consistent financial performance over time. In addition, for ownership levels at or above 10 percent, Altria is entitled to foreign tax credits available in connection with the dividends Altria receives from AB InBev, as it was with its former SABMiller investment.

Altria Group owned and operated Miller Brewing until 2002, when Miller Brewing merged with South African Breweries plc, forming the world’s second-largest brewer, SABMiller. Altria retained approximately 27 percent economic interest in SABMiller.

Brewery news Ireland: Heineken to face no sanctions over selling of mislabelled products
Heineken will face no sanctions after some of its products were mislabelled and sold as craft beer in a small number of pubs around Ireland, according to the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Hospitality Ireland reported on November 21.

A joint investigation between the FSAI and HSE was launched last month after Heineken Ireland had reportedly sold products, such as Foster's, as being 'locally produced' beers called Blasket Blonde and Beanntraí Bru. Other mislabelled Heineken products included stouts from Beamish and Murphy's, as well as Tipperary-based C&C drinks company selling its Clonmel 1650 lager as 'Pana Cork' in Co Cork pubs, reports The Sunday Times.

The FSAI and HSE released a statement which said that they had "investigated the various complaints made and are satisfied that where necessary appropriate action was taken by the implicated food businesses by either ceasing the practice of marketing beer under names which incorrectly suggest a local provenance, or amending labelling and marketing information".

Neither company will face penalties but the FSAI and HSE added that it "will continue to monitor the situation" as will the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission. Heineken Ireland had appointed Grant Thornton, an external firm, to investigate and "help us understand" how some ...More info on site

Brewery news USA: Molson Coors confirms cuts within MillerCoors
Personnel changes are starting in the wake of Molson Coors’ purchase of MillerCoors. The company made one key addition, but has also begun cutting positions across the U.S., Brewbound.com reported on November 18.

On November 17, Molson Coors named Tracey Joubert as its new chief financial officer. Joubert had been serving as the executive vice president and CFO of the company’s U.S. division, MillerCoors.

“We are very excited to have Tracey join our executive leadership team as our new CFO,” Molson Coors CEO Market Hunter said via the release. “I have had the privilege of working closely with Tracey for several years and am confident she is very knowledgeable about the Molson Coors organization, our commercial strategy and where we are heading as a bigger, better business.”

In a press release, Molson Coors said former CFO Mauricio Restrepo had resigned from his position because of “matters regarding personal conduct unrelated to the operations or financial statements of the company.”

Those aren’t the only changes being made by Molson Coors, however.

According to Pete Marino, the chief public affairs and communication officer at MillerCoors, six individuals based out of that division’s headquarters in Chicago will also be let go as a result of the acquisition.

At least ...More info on site

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Barley newsEU: Malting barley surplus seen at only 250 thousand tonnes this year
The EU barley crop is a mixture: Large yields and reasonable qualities in the Iberian Peninsula and the Black Sea countries; smaller than normal ...More info on site

Barley news Canada: Malting barley prices remain soft despite reports of quality issues
Despite reports of quality issues this year, malt barley prices are soft, as increased quantity put a damper on the market, the Alberta Express reported on November 18.

Spot malt barley prices are about C$4.75-C$4.85 per bushel in Western Canada, Prairie Ag Hotwire data said, which compares with last year’s harvest prices of about C$5.25-C$5.75.

“We do have a lot more quantity this year than last year. There’s fairly large quantities of unchitted, unsprouted barley, consequently the domestic maltsters are close to being full,” said Rod Green of Central Ag Marketing Ltd.

While domestic needs are mostly filled, ongoing exports are limiting further weakness in the market, he added.

Excess moisture throughout the growing season has caused some quality issues, he said, and producers are still assessing damage.

“Quality is maybe not looking as good as it did even a month ago,” he said.

“We’ve seen a lot of weather, which is never usually good for malt barley.”

The level of chitted — partially sprouted — barley was lower this year compared to last growing season, he said.

“But as we get further into this crop we’re seeing germination issues, so that’s not good.”

Total production of barley, which includes both malt and feed, is expected to be 8,704,300 ...More info on site

Barley newsWorld: Total grains production forecast at 2.077 bln tonnes this crop year
The International Grain Council found another 8 mln tonnes of grains for a total production of 2.077 bln tonnes vs. a consumption of 2.054 ...More info on site

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