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Base Currency: Euro
on June 20, 2018
Base Currency: US Dollar
on June 20, 2018
      1 EUR = 1.1534 USD
1 EUR = 0.8769 GBP
1 EUR = 1.5319 CAD
1 EUR = 1.5695 AUD
1 EUR = 126.7800 JPY
1 EUR = 4.3536 BRL
1 EUR = 74.1847 RUB
1 EUR = 7.4765 CNY
      1 USD = 0.8630 EUR
1 USD = 0.7575 GBP
1 USD = 1.3254 CAD
1 USD = 1.3547 AUD
1 USD = 109.9000 JPY
1 USD = 3.7460 BRL
1 USD = 64.0683 RUB
1 USD = 6.4684 CNY

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June 20, 2018
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2017
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 176.50-178.50 up0.57%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 168.00-170.00 -
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 376.00-378.00 up0.33%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 365.50-367.50 -
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) 166.00-168.00down1.18%
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2018
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 192.50-194.50 down0.51%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 170.00-172.00 up0.59%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 390.00-392.00 down0.31%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 362.50-364.50 up0.34%
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) nq 
German Malting Barley
Crop 2018
Ex Farm
Average Malting Barley Price nq  
Danish Malting Barley
Crop 2017
Free on truck
Ex Farm
Malting Barley (East) 1,234.00-1,236.00 down0.80%
Malting Barley (West) 1,234.00-1,236.00 down0.80%
Danish Malting Barley
Crop 2018
Free on truck
Ex Farm
Malting Barley (East) 1,354.00-1,356.00 down2.17%
Malting Barley (West) 1,354.00-1,356.00 down2.17%
Canadian Barley/Malt
Crop 2017
2-Row Malting Barley, bulk, truck/railcar, Winnipeg 336.00-338.00 -
2-Row Malting Barley, bulk in store, Vancouver 355.00-357.00 -
6-Row Malting Barley, bulk, truck/railcar, Winnipeg nq  
2-Row Malt, bulk, truck/railcar, Winnipeg nq  
2-Row Malt, bulk in store, Vancouver nq  
6-Row Malt, bulk, truck/railcar, Winnipeg nq  
Feed Barley, basis Lethbridge 255.00-257.00 -
Feed Barley, basis Winnipeg 255.00-257.00 -
Feed Barley, bulk in store, Vancouver 318.00-320.00 -
US Barley
Crop 2017
2-Row Malting Barley, bulk, railcar Great Falls, Montana 180.00-182.00 up5.23%
6-Row Malting Barley, bulk, railcar Minneapolis, Minnesota nq  
Feed Barley, basis Great Falls, Montana 148.00-150.00 up17.32%
Feed Barley, basis Minneapolis, Minnesota 129.00-131.00 -
-No change; upPrice increase; downPrice decrease versus last publication.

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Brewery news Belgium: Twice as much beer exported as consumed domestically in Belgium ...Click here
Brewery news Italy: Beer sales in large-scale retail distribution up 18% between 2014-2017 ...Click here
Brewery news Nigeria: Guinness Nigeria pushing aggressively towards after tax profit ...Click here
Brewery news UK: Brewing industry hit by CO2 shortage ...Click here

Barley news EU: MARS lowers outlook for 2018 barley yield in EU ...Click here
Barley news USA: Barley crop faring well but farmers worried about prices, export ...Click here

Hops news Germany: Hops development accelerated by remarkably high temperatures until mid-June ...Click here

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Brewery news Romania: United Romanian Breweries Bereprod sees 38% rise in canned beer sales in January-May ...Click here
Brewery news USA: MillerCoors and Pabst Brewing headed to court over half-a-billion dollar lawsuit ...Click here
Brewery news Kenya: Yearly tax will increase illicit drinks, brewers warn ...Click here
Brewery news UK: Heineken to invest GBP44 mln in its British pubs ...Click here
Brewery news Malaysia: Heineken Malaysia appoints new managing director ...Click here
Brewery news Russia: Some bars and restaurants in Moscow running low on beer due to demand from soccer fans ...Click here
Brewery news India: Fresh charges filed against United Breweries’ Vijay Mallya ...Click here

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Scientific Digest


The German Hop Research Team in Huell is introducing two more hop varieties to the world. Although there is a demand for new and exciting flavors from brewers, it is also important to breed sucessors of established noble varieties that exhibit more "grower-friendly" behaviour with better resistances and higher yield. These two varieties 89/25 and 96/24 possess agronomic strength and were bred from saaz relatives. They both show relevant noble aroma characters but have higher oil contents compared to their ancestors of about 1.7 ml/100gr.


Gahr, A; Characteristics of two New Huell Hop Varieties, lecture at 13th Trends in Brewing, April 2018, Ghent,
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These Days in Business History

18 June
1840 - Samuel Morse patents his telegraph
1943 - Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) founded
1948 - .N. Commission on Human Rights adopts International Declaration of Human Rights
2009 - The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a NASA robotic spacecraft is launched

19 June
1464 - French King Louis XI forms postal service
1764 - John Barrow is born, founder of Royal Geographical Society
1963 - 1st woman in space returns to Earth

20 June
1793 - Eli Whitney patents his cotton gin
1863 - 1st bank chartered in U.S., National Bank of Davenport, Iowa
1867 - President Andrew Johnson announces purchase of Alaska
2003 - The Wikimedia Foundation is founded in St. Petersburg, Florida


June 2018:
06-09: Mondial de la Biere 2018 (Montreal, Canada)
07-08: The Brewers of Europe Forum 2018 (Brussels, Belgium)

10-13: ASBC Malt Flavor and Aroma Symposium 2018 (Roseville, MN, USA)
20-22: Sea Brew 2018 (Manila, Philippines)
29-01 July: Mondial de la Biere 2018 (Paris, France)

August 2018:
03-05: The 22nd International Berlin Beer Festival (Berlin, Germany)
07-11: The Great British Beer Festival 2018 (London, UK)
08-11: Vietfood & Beverage 2018 (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
10-11: Beervana 2018 (Wellington, New Zealand)
12-15: Brewing Summit 2018 (San Diego, USA)

September 2018:
04-06: food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) (Johannesburg, South Africa)
12-14: 6th International Symposium for Young Scientists and Technologists in Malting, Brewing and Distilling (Bittburg/Trier, Germany)
20-22: The Great American Beer Festival 2018 (Denver, USA)
22-07 October: Oktoberfest 2018 (Munich, Germany)
24-26: 9th Iberoamerican VLB Symposium 2018 (Recife, Brazil)

October 2018:
23-26: China Brew China Beverage 2018 (Shanghai, China)
24-26: drink technology India 2018 (Mumbai, India)

November 2018:
13-15: Brau Beviale 2018 (Nuremberg, Germany)

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BreweryBrewery News Brewery

Brewery newsBelgium: Twice as much beer exported as consumed domestically in Belgium
Twice as much Belgian beer is being exported as consumed domestically, with drinkers increasingly turning their backs on one of Belgium’s most celebrated products, ...More info on site

Brewery newsItaly: Beer sales in large-scale retail distribution up 18% between 2014-2017
Beer sales in the large-scale retail distribution channel in Italy grew by 18% in the period 2014-2017, boosted by the nascent craft and specialty ...More info on site

Brewery news UK: Brewing industry hit by CO2 shortage
Supplies of Heineken's John Smith's Extra Smooth and Amstel kegs have been hit by an industry-wide shortage of carbon dioxide, BBC News reported on June 20.

The CO₂ shortfall is leaving beer and soft drinks makers high and dry just as the World Cup and barbecue season get under way.

Seasonal manufacturing shutdowns have left the UK with only one big plant producing CO₂.

Heineken said it was "working with customers to minimise disruption".

But the Grocer magazine reported that Heineken had written to pubs limiting the amount they can order of the affected lines.

"We've been informed by our CO₂ supplier that they are facing a major issue with supply availability in the UK," Heineken confirmed in a statement.

Wetherspoons pub chain said that while it had not had any supply issues yet, "that is likely to change in the coming days, and it's not likely to get any better.

"There might be some products we don't have available and if it affects Wetherspoons, then it will affect everyone else."

Demand for beer and fizzy drinks is peaking as fans gather to watch the football, thanks to the recent run of hot weather.

Carbon dioxide doesn't just put the fizz into soft drinks, canned and bottled beers. It ...More info on site

Brewery newsNigeria: Guinness Nigeria pushing aggressively towards after tax profit
It was a hard drive for Guinness Nigeria pushing aggressively from a loss of N2.55 billion in the third quarter of last year to ...More info on site

Brewery news Romania: United Romanian Breweries Bereprod sees 38% rise in canned beer sales in January-May
United Romanian Breweries Bereprod (URBB), commonly known as Tuborg Romania, recorded a 38 percent year-on-year increase of canned beer sales in the first five months of 2018, the Business Review reported on June 19.

According to company representatives, the result was also strongly supported by the introduction of 100 percent recyclable, non-adhesive heat-resistant protective film to the URBB local product portfolio – a solution in which URBB has invested more than 2 million euros in 2017.

One year after implementing the new solution, URBB commissioned ICA Research & Development to conduct a market research to survey the local canned beer market and assess the level of hygiene and compliance with the relevant legislation in force. The research was conducted during March 2018 and involved sampling of small and large stores as well as gas stations located in Bucharest and Ilfov County. Thus, the accredited laboratory of the ICA has evaluated 21 beer brands, belonging to all 5 beer producers in our country. The brands surveyed come from all market segments (economy, environment, premium and superpremium).

“In June 2017, we set for ourselves the goal of having the cleanest cans so that Romanians who buy our products are sure they can consume their favorite ...More info on site

Brewery news USA: MillerCoors and Pabst Brewing headed to court over half-a-billion dollar lawsuit
MillerCoors and Pabst Brewing are headed to court over a half-a-billion dollar lawsuit Pabst lodged against the Keystone beer maker, CNBC reported on June 17.

The center of the dispute is a decades-old agreement under which MillerCoors brews all of Pabst's legacy beers, including Pabst Blue Ribbon. The agreement is set to expire in 2020, but it has two options to renew. MillerCoors, facing declining volume in the U.S., has said it may not have the capacity to continue that relationship.

The stakes for Pabst are high. Without that contract renewal, many of Pabst's beer brands will be orphaned. It is expensive to build a brewery and there are not many breweries across the U.S. built for the capacity a company as large as Pabst requires.

Pabst is accusing MillerCoors of breach of contract, breach of anti-competition laws, fraud and misrepresentation. MillerCoors contests those claims, arguing it has the right to determine whether it has the capacity to extend the contract.

In April, a Milwaukee court judge denied MillerCoors' motion for summary judgment, which could have prevented the suit from going to trial. The two are set to go to trial in November of this year.

MillerCoors, owned by Molson Coors, makes beers under labels ...More info on site

Brewery news Kenya: Yearly tax will increase illicit drinks, brewers warn
Kenya’s alcohol manufacturers and dealers have faulted Treasury proposal to raise excise duty on beer yearly for inflation, warning of a possible spike in the flow of illicit low-cost brew, The Nation reported on June 29.

The Alcoholic Beverages Association of Kenya (ABAK) reckons the annual tax increments would push the majority low-end consumers to low priced, unregulated liquor and hurt dealers along with the taxman in foregone revenues. It would also undermine government’s ongoing efforts to fight counterfeits, they say.

The Finance Bill 2018, whose passage will bring into force a raft of budgetary tax changes, proposes the annual raise of the sin tax on beer, cigarettes and petroleum products.

“Due to its elasticity, consumers always respond to alcohol price changes. This causes a spiral effect on production and supply chain, on jobs, government revenue and the overall performance of the economy,” the association said in a note.

“The local production decline will in turn result to job losses and negative effect on the GDP (gross domestic product).”

The association, whose members include the Kenya Breweries Ltd and Heineken East Africa, have asked the Treasury to instead align alcohol taxes charged in Kenya with those in the region, deemed lower and friendly to investors ...More info on site

Brewery news UK: Heineken to invest GBP44 mln in its British pubs
Dutch brewer Heineken NV said on June 18 it would be investing £44 million in 2018 to upgrade its British pubs, Reuters reported.

The world’s second largest brewer bought about 1,900 pubs in Britain from Punch Taverns in 2017, making its Star Pubs & Bar estate the country’s third largest pub business. The vast majority are leased out.

Heineken said about 500 of its 2,900 pubs would benefit from the programme, including 140 larger upgrade projects costing an average of 170,000 pounds. It added the investment would create 1,000 new jobs.

The investment, its largest annual spend, will bring to 140 million pounds the amount Heineken has spent on pub refurbishments in the past five years.

Brewery news Malaysia: Heineken Malaysia appoints new managing director
Heineken Malaysia has appointed Roland Bala as its managing director. He replaces Hans Essaadi who will be taking up the position of managing director of Heineken Eygpt effective 1 September 2018. Essaadi will also be relinquishing his directorships in all subsidiary companies of Heineken Malaysia with effect from the same day, the Marketing Interactive reported on June 18.

Currently, Bala is the managing director of Cambodia Brewery (CBL), Heineken’s operating company Cambodia since February 2012. In his role, he has led the brand to increase its market share by more than double in a bid to establish it as the market leader in Cambodia. Prior to CBL, Bala first joined the Asia Pacific Brewery as special assistant to the regional director in February 2008. He was then appointed as general manager for Danang in the central region of Vietnam until February 2012.

A+M has reached out to Heineken Malaysia for comment.

Most recently, Heineken Malaysia posted a revenue of RM434 million for its first quarter ended 31 March 2018 (Q1-2018), an increase of 11% from RM393 million. This comes on the back of its successful festive season campaign, which resulted in higher market share, the financial statement said.

In Q1-2018, the company paid approximately ...More info on site

Brewery news Russia: Some bars and restaurants in Moscow running low on beer due to demand from soccer fans
Beer-guzzling soccer fans risk drinking parts of Moscow dry, with some bars and restaurants in the Russian capital saying they are running low and having to wait longer than usual for fresh supplies, Reuters reported on June 19.

Moscow has been transformed by the World Cup, with singing, chanting and beer-swilling fans overwhelming some of the packed bars and restaurants around the Kremlin and Red Square.

“We just didn’t think they would only want beer,” said one waiter at an upscale eatery in central Moscow who asked not to be identified for fear of scaring off future customers.

The waiter said his restaurant ran out of draft lager on June 18 and deliveries are taking longer than usual, at least 24 hours, because suppliers’ stocks are also running low.

“There are really a lot of people in Moscow ... and they are all drinking,” he said. “It’s hot, and it’s football.”

Beer sales in Russia have fallen by around a third over the past as duties have risen and rules been tightened on sales and advertising. Brewers had not been expecting a major reversal of the trend this year.

Baltika, the Russian unit of Carlsberg, said although there was an increased risk of supply disruption during ...More info on site

Brewery news India: Fresh charges filed against United Breweries’ Vijay Mallya
The pressure is mounting on the beleaguered Vijay Mallya, the former head of India’s United Spirits, with India’s Enforcement Directorate filing fresh charges accusing him of defrauding a consortium of banks out of a further £450 million, The Drinks Business reported on June 19.

Mallya fled to Britain in March 2016. While he is fighting extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering associated with the collapse of his Kingfishers Airlines in 2012, the High Court in London has ordered him to pay a minimum of £200,000 towards the costs incurred by 13 Indian banks in their battle to recover £1.145 billion from him.

That may prove somewhat difficult as the same court has refused to overturn a worldwide order freezing Mallya’s assets up to that sum and he is allowed £18,000 a week from which to fund his lifestyle.

Meanwhile India’s Enforcement Directorate has filed fresh charges against Mallya, his bankrupt KIngfisher Airlines and his main holding company United Breweries Holdings alleging money laundering and defrauding a consortium of nationalised banks of a further £450 million between 2005 and 2010.

The charges says that Mallya and his two firms fraudulently diverted the loans to his Force India UK-based F1 grand prix ...More info on site

BarleyBarley News Barley

Barley newsEU: MARS lowers outlook for 2018 barley yield in EU
Severe weather, including hot, dry conditions in northern Europe and torrential rain in France, has reduced yield prospects for this year’s cereal and rapeseed ...More info on site

Barley news USA: Barley crop faring well but farmers worried about prices, export
Much of the US barley crop is off to a "spectacular start,"an industry official says. But while the outlook for good yields is promising, barley farmers are concerned by low prices and potential lost exports, the AgWeek reported on June 18.

"Prices just aren't what we'd like them to be. And the Mexican market is so important to us," says Doyle Lentz, a Rolla, N.D., farmer and a director of the North Dakota Barley Council.

The possibility of selling less barley to Mexican beer makers — sales threatened by disruptions to the North American Free Trade Agreement — is particularly troublesome, he says.

Barley farmers' most pressing consideration is the condition of their 2018 crop — and so far, so good.

"It's been a spectacular start for our crop," reflecting recent and welcome rains, says Steve Becker, communications coordinator for the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee. His state is expected to lead the nation in barley production this year, with Idaho second and North Dakota third.

As of June 10, 83 percent of Montana barley was in good or excellent condition, with 16 percent in fair shape and just 1 percent rated poor, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, or NASS, an arm of ...More info on site

HopsHops News Hops

Hops news Germany: Hops development accelerated by remarkably high temperatures until mid-June
After an exceptionally warm April, temperatures continued to be far above long-term average in Germany the month of May. Rainfalls varied considerably throughout all hop growing regions and did not quite reach monthly averages. Some 400 ha were damaged by hailstorms in the Hallertau and approximately 80 ha in Tettnang, HVG said in their latest report in June.

The remarkably high temperatures continued until mid-June and have accelerated plant development very much so that currently hops are two to three weeks ahead of normal years in all German hop growing regions. Most hops reached trellis height as early as end of May. In early varieties like Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Northern Brewer and in some areas Saphir, too, the plants showed first signs of blooming. An early start of flowering, however, is not favourable for the development of hops. It has to be said, though, that at this early stage it is impossible to give reliable forecasts on crop 2018 as the decisive weeks are yet to come.

Recent weather conditions favoured infestation with spider mites as well as powdery mildew. At present, however, there are no major problems combatting them.

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