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October 25 - October 27, 2021

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on October 27, 2021
Base Currency: US Dollar
on October 27, 2021
      1 EUR = 1.1602 USD
1 EUR = 0.8422 GBP
1 EUR = 1.4360 CAD
1 EUR = 1.5458 AUD
1 EUR = 132.3200 JPY
1 EUR = 6.4537 BRL
1 EUR = 80.6928 RUB
1 EUR = 7.4017 CNY
      1 USD = 0.8618 EUR
1 USD = 0.7259 GBP
1 USD = 1.2377 CAD
1 USD = 1.3322 AUD
1 USD = 114.0400 JPY
1 USD = 5.5627 BRL
1 USD = 69.5524 RUB
1 USD = 6.3799 CNY

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October 27, 2021
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2021
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 334.00-336.00 up14.73%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 308.00-310.00 up15.73%
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) 246.00-248.00up1.65%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 574.00-576.00 up10.13%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 542.00-544.00 up10.52%
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2022
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 257.00-259.00 up1.18%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 238.00-240.00 up1.27%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 479.50-481.50 up0.77%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 456.00-458.00 up0.81%
German Malting Barley
Crop 2021
Ex Farm
Average Malting Barley Price nq  
-No change; upPrice increase; downPrice decrease versus last publication.

Crop 2021 prices are compared to the previous publication of 8 October 2021. There has been a break in publications due to the volatility of the market.

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Top Industry News

Brewery news World: Heineken Q3 sales drop as lockdowns return in Asia ...Click here
Brewery news Germany: Three leading beer makers announce price hike next year ...Click here

Barley news EU: Barley prices continue the upward trend ...Click here
Barley news EU & UK: Winter barley supplies too negligible to reduce demand for spring significantly ...Click here
Barley news China & Australia: China’s import tariff on Australian barley a ‘lose-lose situation’ for both nations - analysts ...Click here
Barley news EU: EU farmers focus on winter barley planting ...Click here

Hops news USA: US hop acreage hits another record in 2021 ...Click here
Hops news The Czech Republic: Record hop harvest predicted for 2021 ...Click here

More Industry News

Brewery news India: Antitrust watchdog raids Associated Alcohols & Breweries and Som Distilleries offices as part of alleged price fixing investigation ...Click here
Brewery news France: Beer prices could rise by up to 30 cents due to higher production costs ...Click here
Barley news Russia: Export duty reduced for barley, increased for wheat and corn ...Click here
Brewery news Slovenia: Pivovarna Lasko Union to relocate production of its Union beer to Lasko factory from Ljubljana ...Click here
Brewery news South Africa: Castle Lite beer switching to renewable energy ...Click here

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These Days in Business History

25 October
1492 - Christopher Columbus and ship Santa Maria land in Dominican Republic
1952 - Tappan sells 1st microwave oven
1960 - 1st electronic wrist watch placed on sale, New York City

26 October
1952 - Chevrolet unveils V-8 engine
1954 - Walt Disney's 1st television program, "Disneyland", premieres on ABC
1956 - U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency statute approved

27 October
1969 - Nobel prize for economy awarded to John Tinbergen
1984 - Hepatitis virus is discovered
1997 - Intel Corp buys Digital Equipment for $700 million


November 2021:
04 - 05: Sea Brew 2021 (Taipei, Taiwan)
04 - 09: The European Beer Star 2021 (Munich, Germany)

December 2021:
02 - 04: Drink Technology India 2021 (Helipad Exhibition Centre, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India)
07 - 08: Brewers Congress 2021 (The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, London, UK)

February 2022:
04 - 06: Finest Spirits 2022 (Munich, Germany)
11 - 14: HoReCa 2022 (Athens, Greece)
15 - 17: Brasil Brau 2022 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
20 - 23: Beer & Food Attraction 2022 (Rimini Expo Centre, Rimini, Italy)

March 2022:
09 - 12: Festival Brasileiro da Cerveja 2022 (Blumenau, Brazil)
16 - 17: BeerX 2022 (Liverpool, UK)
29 - 31: Beviale Moscow 2022 (Moscow, Russia)

April 2022:
01 - 01: Zythos Beer Festival 2022 (exact dates to be confirmed) (Leuven, Belgium)

May 2022:
02 - 05: Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America 2022 (Minneapolis, MN, USA)
05 - 05: World Beer Cup 2022 (USA)
11 - 13: Craft Beer China 2022 (Shanghai, China)
24 - 27: Beer 2022 (Sochi, Russia)
29 - 01 June: The Brewers of Europe Forum & 38th EBC Congress (Madrid, Spain)

June 2022:
07 - 08: Bev Expo 2022 (Manchester, UK)
10 - 11: Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend 2022 (Tallinn, Estonia)

September 2022:
12 - 16: Drinktec 2022 (Messe Muenchen, Munich, Germany)

October 2022:
06 - 08: The Great American Beer Festival 2022 (Denver, USA)

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BreweryBrewery News Brewery

Brewery newsWorld: Heineken Q3 sales drop as lockdowns return in Asia
Heineken sold less beer in the third quarter as the return of lockdowns in Asia cut into drinking and socialising, hurting sales at the ...More info on site

Brewery news Germany: Three leading beer makers announce price hike next year
Three of Germany’s biggest breweries - the Radeberger Group, Krombacher and Veltins - have announced that the price of their beer will increase from next spring. The price hike will affect both the hospitality and retail industries, I am Expat Germany reported on October 23

GetränkeNews, a news provider for the German beverage industry, estimates that the price of Pils, Export and Weizen will rise by about 30 to 50 cents in pubs and bars. The price for a crate of German beer will rise by about a euro.

Radeberger has said it will not raise prices until February, while Krombacher and Veltins want to raise their prices in April. Retail prices might not even be affected until May.

The three breweries have provided justifications for the price hikes. Headquartered in Frankfurt, the Radeberger Group - which is the largest brewery group in Germany - has blamed the rising cost of utilities and raw materials. “In addition to massive losses in turnover and earnings during the 18 months of the pandemic, all companies are now facing further quite massive cost increases for energy, logistics, [and] empties as well as raw materials and supplies,” a company spokesperson said.

Similarly, a spokesperson for Veltins blamed rising ...More info on site

Brewery news India: Antitrust watchdog raids Associated Alcohols & Breweries and Som Distilleries offices as part of alleged price fixing investigation
India's antitrust watchdog on Wednesday, October 27 raided the offices of Associated Alcohols & Breweries and Som Distilleries as part of an investigation into alleged price fixing in liquor products, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) officials were conducting search and seizure operations across several cities in a case about the companies allegedly violating anti-trust laws by colluding on prices while seeking necessary regulatory approvals from states, the sources added.

The investigation is looking at price fixing of so-called country liquor, or low-priced locally made alcohol, the sources added.

India has strict regulations for the alcohol sector. Most states individually regulate alcohol pricing and the companies need to submit and get prices approved every year by the local authorities.

Without directly commenting on the raids, a spokesperson for Som Distilleries said liquor prices were fixed by government officials and the company has no say over them.

"We are not the authority to fix the price ... This is a fully government controlled business," the spokesperson said in an email to Reuters.

The CCI did not respond to a request for comment, while e-mails and phone calls to Associated Alcohols went unanswered.

After Reuters published details of the raid, ...More info on site

Brewery news France: Beer prices could rise by up to 30 cents due to higher production costs
The price of a bottle of beer could rise by 15-30 cents in France following an increase in production costs, The Connexion reported on October 26.

Pierre Marchica, the managing director of the 3 Monts brewery in Saint-Sylvestre-Cappel (Flandres) told BFMTV on October 25 that prices could climb by 5-10% for consumers if wholesalers do not act to protect them.

This comes after a wet summer led to a poor harvest, pushing up the price of cereals involved in beer production, especially hops and malt.

Jean-François Drouin, president of brewers union Syndicat national des brasseurs indépendants (SNBI), has told Le Figaro that raw material costs have consequently risen by 30% for brewers.

Breweries are also falling victim to the sharply climbing energy prices that are impacting the whole of France.

Beer production requires a large amount of electricity and gas, and the 7-15% average energy bill increase that brewers are facing – according to Brasseurs de France union – is resulting in a significant increase in costs.

However, the biggest price rise currently faced by brewers is that of packaging, which accounts for 45-50% of the total cost of beer production according to Mr Marchica.

This figure is also on the rise, ...More info on site

Brewery news Slovenia: Pivovarna Lasko Union to relocate production of its Union beer to Lasko factory from Ljubljana
The Slovenian unit of Dutch brewer Heineken, Pivovarna Lasko Union (PLU), plans to relocate the production of the Union beer to its Lasko factory from Ljubljana by January 2022, See News reported on October 27.

The decision is the result of a preventive independent safety assessment of the 35-year-old refrigeration system at the Union Brewery in Ljubljana, which showed that it is no longer suitable for operation and could pose a significant safety risk in the future, PLU said in a statement earlier this week.

The packaging and logistics activities of Union beer will remain at Union Brewery, while the production of soft drinks and water and the administrative and corporate functions do not change their location, the same applies to the Union Pub and the Union Experience Museum, PLU said.

"Due to the complexity of the processes, we do not yet know exactly how many employees this change will have an impact on. We will look for all possibilities to mitigate these effects - re-employment in other organisational units, possibly in Lasko, possible early retirement schemes," communications manager Alenka Rozman said in a video file posted on the website of public broadcaster RTV Slovenia on October 26.

The Ljubljana site currently employs 145 ...More info on site

Brewery news South Africa: Castle Lite beer switching to renewable energy
Castle Lite, a beer brand within the South African Breweries (SAB) stable, is switching to renewable energy. This comes as a response to global calls to grow renewable energy and mitigate climate change, ESI Africa reported on October 27.

All seven of SAB’s breweries in South Africa are powered through solar power, with the Alrode brewery in Johannesburg also making use of biogas facilities. From January to August this year, the seven breweries generated over 9.7GWh of renewable electricity and this has also resulted in 9,443 tons of CO2 emissions reductions since the start of the year.

The brand is on a journey to be 100% brewed with renewable electricity and to fully switch to renewable sources by 2025, The move is in line with the SAB and holding company, Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), global commitment to the 2025 Sustainability Goals in climate action by adding renewable electricity capacity to regional grids and reducing CO2 emissions across the globe.

In 2020, SAB and AB InBev Africa announced that their breweries across South Africa had introduced on-site solar facilities as part of a new multi-billion-rand energy project. The ultimate goal of the project, the group said, is to purchase 100% of the business’s electricity ...More info on site

BarleyBarley News Barley

Barley newsEU: Barley prices continue the upward trend
Both 2RS and 6RW French malting barley prices crop 2021 continue their upward trend, with Mosel holding firmer versus Creil, RMI Analytics reported on ...More info on site

Barley newsEU & UK: Winter barley supplies too negligible to reduce demand for spring significantly
Negligible supplies of winter barley in the UK, Germany, and Poland reduce the EU’s spring barley demand only by 300-400 thousand tonnes, H. M. ...More info on site

Barley newsChina & Australia: China’s import tariff on Australian barley a ‘lose-lose situation’ for both nations - analysts
Last year, China slapped an 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley, which effectively ended the trade.

Since then, Australia has managed to find alternative ...More info on site

Barley newsEU: EU farmers focus on winter barley planting
With the EU barley harvest complete and the supply and demand situation quite clear, the focus has turned to getting winter barley planted, RMI ...More info on site

Barley news Russia: Export duty reduced for barley, increased for wheat and corn
The export duty on Russian wheat will be increased from $61.3 to $67 per tonne on October 27, the Ministry of Agriculture said. Duties on corn will also be hiked to $49.7 per tonne.

At the same time, export duties for barley will be lowered from $45.9 to $42.6 per tonne, RT reported on October 23.

The export duty rate is calculated at an indicative price of $295.8 per tonne for wheat, $245.9 for barley, and $256 for corn. The new duty rates will be in effect until November 2.

This summer, Russia introduced a grain damper mechanism, which provides for floating duties on the export of wheat, corn and barley. The duty is 70% of the difference between the indicative price and the base price. Market participants transmit data on contracts to the Moscow Exchange to form the calculation of the indicative price. The base price for wheat is $200 per tonne; for corn and barley, $185 per tonne. Based on that information, the Ministry of Agriculture determines the amount of duty for a period of one week.

HopsHops News Hops

Hops news USA: US hop acreage hits another record in 2021
U.S. hop acreage strung in the Pacific Northwest hit another record high in 2021. Approximately 60,750 acres were strung this year, an increase of 4 percent over 2020. All three Pacific Northwest States (WA, ID, and OR) increased acreage, Hopsteiner said in their 2021 U.S. Hop Crop Report on October 24.

Washington led the way in terms of U.S. hop acreage, accounting for 71 percent of the hop crop (43,380 acres). Idaho accounted for 16% (9,784 acres). Oregon accounted for 13% (7,571 acres).

The yield estimates are expected to hit 1,915 pounds per acre, up 8 percent over 2020, with a production forecast of 116 million pounds produced.

The top five hop varieties, those with the most acreage, accounted for 53 percent of the total U.S. acreage strung for 2021.

The top five varieties in terms of acreage:

Citra 11,994 acres Mosaic 6,374 acres CTZ* 5,593 acres Cascade 4,208 acres Simcoe 4,151 acres

Notable varieties that increased by greater than 50% in strung acreage in 2021 compared to 2020:

Cashmere (+59%) to 908 total acres) Mt. Rainier (+61%) 440 total acres Tahoma™ (+103%) 486 total acres

Notable varieties that increased by greater than 20 percent in strung acreage in 2021 compared to 2020:

Bravo™ (+21%) to 256 total acres Eureka™ (+21%) 790 total acres Saaz (+27%) 380 ...More info on site

Hops newsThe Czech Republic: Record hop harvest predicted for 2021
Czech hop growers and breweries are predicting a record harvest for the 2021 season, owing to favorable weather conditions. The amount of dry hops ...More info on site

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