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on January 03, 2020
Base Currency: US Dollar
on January 03, 2020
      1 EUR = 1.1192 USD
1 EUR = 0.8486 GBP
1 EUR = 1.4535 CAD
1 EUR = 1.5998 AUD
1 EUR = 121.6200 JPY
1 EUR = 4.4989 BRL
1 EUR = 69.1827 RUB
1 EUR = 7.7900 CNY
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1 USD = 0.7582 GBP
1 USD = 1.2987 CAD
1 USD = 1.4292 AUD
1 USD = 108.6500 JPY
1 USD = 4.0196 BRL
1 USD = 61.8123 RUB
1 USD = 6.9601 CNY

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January 03, 2020
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2019
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 159.50-161.50 -
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 160.00-162.00 -
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) 159.00-161.00down0.62%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 352.00-354.00 up0.16%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 353.00-355.00 up0.16%
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2020
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 172.50-174.50 up0.58%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 170.00-172.00 down0.58%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 366.50-368.50 up0.34%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 363.50-365.50 down0.34%
German Malting Barley
Crop 2019
Ex Farm
Average Malting Barley Price nq  
Danish Malting Barley
Crop 2019
Free on truck
Ex Farm
Malting Barley (East) 1,194.00-1,196.00 down0.83%
Malting Barley (West) 1,194.00-1,196.00 down0.83%
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Brewery news Russia: Russia increases beer excise and minimum price on vodka ...Click here
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These Days in Business History

30 December
1851 - Asa Griggs Candler is born (developed Coca-Cola)
1854 - Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company, 1st in US, incorporated in New York NY
1861 - US banks stops payments in gold
1958 - French franc devalued
1988 - Mercedes-Benz pays $20.2-M fine failed to meet '86 government fuel standard
1990 - 11th United Negro College Fund raises $10,000,000

31 December
1776 - Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors
1781 - Bank of North America, 1st US bank opens
1981 - CNN Headline News debuts
1997 - Microsoft buys Hotmail E-mail service
1998 - The European Exchange Rate Mechanism freezes the values of the legacy currencies in the Eurozone, and establishes the value of the euro currency

01 January
1785 - "Daily Universal Register" (Times of London) publishes 1st issue
1842 - 1st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, New York City NY
1862 - 1st US income tax (3% of incomes > $600, 5% of incomes > $10,000)
1994 - The North American Free Trade Agreement comes into effect
1995 - The World Trade Organization goes into effect
2015 - The Eurasian Economic Union comes into effect, creating a political and economic union between Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan

02 January
1882 - Because of anti-monopoly laws, Standard Oil is organized as a trust
1905 - Luther George Simjian, the inventor of the earliest known prototype of the automatic teller machine (ATM), is born in Ainteb, Turkey
1980 - With inflation raging, gold hits a record price of $850 per ounce
1986 - 191.66 million shares traded in New York Stock Exchange
2013 - Barack Obama signs the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, intended to prevent the "fiscal cliff"

03 January
1911 - US postal savings bank inaugurated
1977 - Apple Computer Corp. is incorporated by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
1980 - Gold hits record $634 an ounce
2015 - 1st electric watch introduced, Lancaster PA

04 January
1960 - European Free Trade Association forms in Stockholm
1962 - 1st automated (unmanned) subway train (New York City NY)
2001 - Total daily trading volume on the New York Stock Exchange exceeds 2 billion shares for the first time ever

05 January
1769 - Jean Baptiste Say, French economist is born
1828 - 1st edition of Amsterdam General Trade Journal (Algemeen Handelsblad)
1850 - California Exchange opens


January 2020:
31 - 01 February: Braukunst Live! 2020 (Munich, Germany)

February 2020:
04 - 08: Great British Beer Festival Winter 2020 (Norwich, UK)
07 - 10: HoReCa 2020 (Athens, Greece)
07 - 09: Finest Spirits 2020 (Munich, Germany)
15 - 18: Beer Attraction 2020 (Rimini, Italy)
24 - 26: Beviale Moscow 2020 (Moscow, Russia)

March 2020:
09 - 11: 107 Brewing and Engineering Conference 2020 (Leipzig, Germany)
11 - 15: Festival Brasileiro da Cerveja 2020 (Blumenau, Brazil)
11 - 12: BeerX 2020 (Liverpool, UK)
13 - 15: Barcelona Beer Festival 2020 (Barcelona, Spain)
16 - 20: IBD Asia Pacific Convention 2020 (Perth, Australia)
19 - 21: Korea International Beer Expo 2020 (Seoul, South Korea)
24 - 26: Modern Brewing Technologies 2020 (Moscow, Russia)

April 2020:
01 - 02: Expo Antad & Alimentaria Mexico 2020 (Expo Guadalajara, Mexico)
03 - 04: Helsinki Beer Festival 2020 (Helsinki, Finland)
05 - 08: 14th International Trends in Brewing "Beer & Society" 2020 (Leuven, Belgium)
19 - 22: Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America 2020 (San Antonio, Texas, USA)
25 - 26: Zythos Beer Festival 2020 (Leuven, Belgium)

May 2020:
05 - 07: International Beer Strategies Conference 2020 (Munich, Germany)
13 - 15: Craft Beer China 2020 (Shanghai, China)
14 - 16: Copenhagen Beer Festival 2020 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
15 - 17: Mondial de la Biere - Paris 2020 (Paris, France)
19 - 21: Beer 2020 (Sochi, Russia)
21 - 24: Mondial de la Biere 2020 (Montreal, Canada)
22 - 30: Latvia Beer Festival 2020 (Riga, Latvia)
25 - 27: Africa Brewing Conference 2020 (Maputo, Mozambique)

June 2020:
03 - 04: The Brewers of Europe Forum 2020 (Antwerp, Belgium)
04 - 07: Mondial de la Biere - Sao Paulo 2020 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

July 2020:
01 - 02: Craft Drinks India 2020 (Bangalore, India)
29 - 31: Beviale Mexico 2020 (Guadalajara, Mexico)

August 2020:
01 - 04: World Brewing Congress 2020 (Minneapolis, USA)
07 - 08: Beervana 2020 (Wellington, New Zealand)
13 - 15: VIETFOOD & BEVERAGE - VIETNAM 2020 (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)

September 2020:
03 - 07: Mondial de la Biere Rio 2020 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
14 - 25: Craft Brewing in Practice 2020 (Berlin, Germany)
19 - 04 October: Oktoberfest 2020 (Munich, Germany)
21 - 23: 11th Ibero-American VLB Symposium 2020 (Barcelona, Spain)

October 2020:
13 - 16: China Brew & China Beverage (CBB) 2020 (Shanghai, China)
29 - 30: Sea Brew 2020 (Taipei, Taiwan)

November 2020:
10 - 12: Brau Beviale 2020 (Nuremberg, Germany)
25 - 27: Drink Japan 2020 (Tokyo, Japan)

December 2020:
09 - 11: Drink Technology India 2020 (Mumbai, India)

More events are available on site e-malt.com

BreweryBrewery News Brewery

Brewery news Russia: Russia increases beer excise and minimum price on vodka
As of January 1st, Russia has increased the minimum price on vodka and other strong liquor, as well as the excise duties on beer and wine, the Kommersant reported.

Minimum price on vodka is now RUB230 versus RUB215 last year.

The excise on beer containing 8.6% of ethyl alcohol has been increased to RUB41 per litre from RUB39 in 2019.

The excise on beer with less than 0.5% alcohol is unchanged.

Besides, the government introduced a unique excise system on both domestic and imported wine, the Kommersant said.

Brewery news India: Court gives green light to sale of Vijay Mallya’s economic assets, including United Breweries shares
Exactly a year after he was declared India's first fugitive economic offender, a Special Court in India has given the green signal to banks to dispose of the economic assets of absconding liquor baron Vijay Mallya to recover their dues, the Business Insider India reported on January 2 citing official sources.

The directions to the consortium of 15 banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) to dispose of Mallya's economic assets like financial securities and shares in his companies, which have been under attachment since 2016, came on Tuesday, December 31.

The lenders' consortium has to recover over Rs 6,000 crore plus interest from Mallya, currently in the United Kingdom, after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) informed the Special Court last year that it had no objections to the same.

The Special Court has, however, stayed its order till January 18 to enable all the parties concerned to file their appeals before the Bombay High Court, the sources said.

Among the assets are Mallya's shares in the United Breweries Holdings Ltd, the value of which is not clear, but which were attached after he was declared a proclaimed offender.

Later in January 2019, Mallya earned the dubious distinction of being declared the country's first ...More info on site

Brewery news Spain: Low and zero-alcohol beer accounts for 13% of total beer sales in Spain
While American publications herald the arrival of “the New Sobriety” on the backs of part-time teetotalers and alcohol-free bars, Spaniards have been drinking low and zero-alcohol beer since the 1970s, vinepair.com reported.

According to the Asociación de Cerveceros de España, the country’s brewers association, these beers account for 13 percent of total beer sales. Today, Spaniards are the world’s largest consumers of alcohol-free and low-alcohol beer.

“In our country, beer is consumed cold with friends and family, in hospitality, during the whole week and almost always with something to eat,” Cristina de Aguirre, director of public affairs at the brewers association, says. “These moderate consumption patterns explain that non-alcoholic beer, while maintaining the flavor of the traditional variety, is considered by Spanish consumers as an excellent alternative when, due to different circumstances, they cannot, should not, or do not want to consume beverages with alcohol content.”

And there are plenty of places to do just that. Spain has the highest concentration of bars in the E.U., according to a study done by La Caixa Economic Yearbook. With over 280,000 bars, it shakes out to one bar for every 165 people. Bar culture in Spain differs significantly from the U.S., though. Bars are popular ...More info on site

Brewery news Venezuela: Economic crisis making consumers switch from beer to cheaper traditional liquor
Venezuela's traditional cocuy liquor is making a comeback due to the country's punishing economic crisis, which has put rum, whiskey and even beer financially out of reach for many, FRANCE 24 reported on December 28.

Agave - which grows in the semi-arid mountains of Bobare and is the main ingredient in cocuy - has been used in Venezuela since before the Spanish conquest, and it is being kept alive by liquor artisans such as 84-year-old Dolores Gimenez.

He began producing cocuy at the age of seven in the eastern state of Lara, but just a few "small jars that were well hidden."

"If the police found you with cocuy, they put you in jail and smashed your distillation cylinders," he said at his still.

Since those days, Gimenez - who has 25 children and 103 grandchildren - has refined the process and now provides joy to those who have seen their favorite alcoholic beverages disappear out of reach thanks to inflation that the International Monetary Fund predicts will hit 200,000 percent in 2019.

"It's three years since I touched a beer," Nelson Vargas, 66, said bitterly.

His pension is barely worth the equivalent of $3 a month - the price of just two beers.

"Few people drink ...More info on site

Brewery news UK: Heineken, Brewdog hoping to turn Dry January into sales opportunity
Brewers Heineken and Brewdog are hoping to turn Dry January into a sales opportunity with a string of deals and promotions on their low ABV and alcohol-free beers, The Drinks Business reported on January 2.

Traditionally, ‘Dry January’ is considered a quieter month for the UK on-trade, with consumers abstaining from alcohol and avoiding the pub altogether.

However, sales of beers with an ABV of 1.2% or lower have soared over the past two years. According to market analyst Mintel, 28% of beer drinkers are now starting to cut back on consumption due to health concerns. Meanwhile, analysis by EeBria Trade shows that sales of low and no-alcohol beers have risen 381% since 2017.

Sales of no and low alcohol drinks in the UK on-trade rose by 48% to around £60 million last year, according to CGA’s latest report.

Now, brewers with the capacity and resources to produce non-alcoholic beers on a grand scale are hoping to turn the start of the year into a more lucrative period for the industry.

Dutch brewer Heineken has rolled out what it calls ‘January Dry Packs’. Similar to an advent calendar, that feature 31 cans of its non-alcoholic Heineken 0.0. The beer picked up a Gold medal in ...More info on site

Brewery news India: More microbreweries starting to arrive in India
Before enjoying a beer in India, savvy drinkers will follow a simple process. This is needed to remove the glycerin that saturates most beers and is used as a preservative in a country with a rudimentary approach to storage, BeverageDaily.com reported on January 3.

First, open a bottle of cold beer and upturn it into a glass half-filled with water. Leave it there for a few minutes as you watch a slick of clear oil fall out of the bottle into the water.

When the surge turns into a trickle, and the bottle appears about a quarter emptier, now is the time to drink it—the beer, not the slick. But even after taking this approach, most seasoned drinkers won’t feel very satisfied. Indian beer is hardly made for the enthusiast.

Indian beers tend to fall into two categories: glycerine-laden mass-produced lagers and local heavy hitters—literally—like the 7% Haywards 5000 or the even stronger Knock out. Locals will tell you these are especially popular among depressed men and long-distance lorry drivers.

Arundeep Singla is on a mission to change this reality. The founder and managing director of The Brew Estate is an entrepreneur from Punjab who is obsessed with BrewDog, the Scottish craft brewer, and ...More info on site

BarleyBarley News Barley

Barley news UK: Spring barley variety Diabolo tipped for success in 2020
A dual-purpose spring barley variety with very high yields is tipped for success in 2020 in the UK, having almost completed its probation period with end users, FarmersWeekly reported on January 1.

LG Diablo, which was first recommended in 2018, achieved full approval for distilling in 2019 and is on course to get its brewing stripes later this year.

As with all new spring barleys destined for malting, Diablo came in under the radar, says Clare Leaman, cereals specialist with Niab Tag. She points out that there is always a time lag between recommendation and market uptake with these types.

See also: Spring barley Diablo gets full approval for malt distilling

“Diablo got its full approval for distilling in June 2019 and moved to its second year of provisional approval for brewing in the MBC system at the same time,” she says.

“So it is progressing through the testing regime as expected, with just a bit of additional data required for it to clear the final hurdle.”

Brewing approval is always based on the quantity of results from malting tests, so firm final decisions aren’t made by the industry until there is enough data to consider, she says.

“That leaves newly recommended varieties in limbo for a ...More info on site

HopsHops News Hops

Hops news USA: Surge in craft breweries leads to geographic expansion of hops production
The surge in craft breweries may be fueling an unprecedented geographic expansion of hops production across the US, Futurity: Research News reported on January 2 citing a new study.

The findings suggest that as more craft breweries emerge around the country, so may new opportunities for farmers.

Hops are a key ingredient in beer production, providing aroma and bittering characteristics. Before 2007, hop production in the US was limited to only three Pacific Northwest states—Oregon, Washington, and Idaho—says Claudia Schmidt, assistant professor of agricultural economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.

Now, 29 states are involved with hop production, Schmidt says, citing a report from the Hop Growers of America.

“Our study is the first to systematically show that the number of hop farms in a state is related to the number of craft breweries,” she says. “It suggests that in areas where hop production is possible and not cost-prohibitive, breweries are expanding markets for farmers and providing an opportunity to diversify farm income.”

Data from the US Census of Agriculture and ReferenceUSA shows that from 2007 to 2017, the number of breweries in the US more than quadrupled from 992 to more than 4,000. Further, the number of breweries in a ...More info on site

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