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Average Market Prices Change trend
November 30, 2007
Crop 2007 Crop 2008
2rs Barley 286.0-289.0 0.69% 2rs Barley 255.0-257.0
6rw Barley 255.0-257.0 6rw Barley 229.0-231.0 0.43%
2rs Malt 527.5-529.5 0.19% 2rs Malt 481.5-483.5
6rw Malt 490.5-492.5 0.41% 6rw Malt 448.5-450.5 0.22%

Note: Just click on the price link and you will be led to our Market Price History. Average barley market prices are French and are estimated on FOB Creil basis. Average Malt Prices are theoretical and based FOB Antwerp being estimated on French malting . The changes are compared to last Newsletter's prices. Arrows indicate the direction of the change.

Top Industry News

USA: Anheuser-Busch reaffirms 2007 year growth expectations, beer prices to increase ...Click here
Vietnam: Hanoi Beer Company spends $41 million to increase capacity of new brewery ...Click here
Canada: Molson invests $32 million to increase Kitsilano Brewery capacity ...Click here
Japan: Asahi Breweries to increase beer prices 3-5% for the first time in 18 years due to higher raw material costs ...Click here
India: Diageo may brew Guinness beer in India ...Click here
Latvia: Latvia is the only country in European Union against the increase of beer tax ...Click here
Russia: Carlsberg takeover bid for BBH won’t go down well in Russia ...Click here
World: Barley market in expectation ...Click here
Australia: Scientists identify crucial barley gene responsible for boron toxicity tolerance ...Click here
Canada: Government may introduce a bill to allow open barley marketing ...Click here

Malaysia: Guinness confident of retaining market share and warding off newcomer ...More Info
Philippines: Court awards $600 million worth of stoke to San Miguel chairman in stake ownership dispute ...More Info
Tanzania: East Africa Breweries scooped top honours at the East Africa’s Most Respected Companies Survey ...More Info
Australia: Foster's completes $100 million on-market share buy-back ...More Info
USA: Granite City Food & Brewery names James G. Gilbertson as Chief Financial Officer ...More Info
Australia: ABB barley pool estimates unchanged ...More Info
Ukraine: October 2007 barley imports down 70%, to 30 MT ...More Info
Malta: Government in favour of tariffs removal on barley imports ...More Info
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Brewery News

USA: Anheuser-Busch reaffirms 2007 year growth expectations, beer prices to increase
Anheuser-Busch management reviewed the company’s strategies to adapt to the changing beer industry environment and reaffirmed the company’s expectation for earnings per share growth ...More Info

Vietnam: Hanoi Beer Company spends $41 million to increase capacity of new brewery
Hanoi Beer Company (Habeco), Vietnam's second largest brewer, has signed a contract worth USD 41.25 million for the expansion of its Vinh Phuc brewery, ...More Info

Canada: Molson invests $32 million to increase Kitsilano Brewery capacity

Molson’s brewery in Kitsilano will undergo renovations to increase its brewing and packaging capacity by receiving $32 million, Molson CEO Kevin Boyce announced in Vancouver, according to Marketwire November 29.

The renovations to Molson's Kitsilano brewery - one of the few breweries located in the downtown core of a major North American city - will increase brewing and packaging capacity by 45 per cent, an improvement that will also turn 22 part-time brewery jobs into full-time employment. Seven new fermentation tanks will also be installed, along with a state-of-the-art bottling production line and bottle washer.

"Such a significant upgrade to our Vancouver brewery will further strengthen Molson's local connection in this key market and underscores Molson's commitment to grow market share in British Columbia and Western Canada," said Kevin Boyce, President and CEO, Molson. "As Canada's oldest brewer, Molson is dedicated to contributing to building healthy communities nationwide. Today's donation to one of Vancouver's most important charities is our way of demonstrating that Molson is proud to play our part."

In addition to the brewery renovation announcement, Molson will donate $25,000 to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, an organization that supplies food to nearly 25,000 people each week in Vancouver, New Westminster, ...More Info

Japan: Asahi Breweries to increase beer prices 3-5% for the first time in 18 years due to higher raw material costs

Japan's biggest beer maker Asahi Breweries Ltd. said it will increase its retail beer prices 3-5 percent effective March 1, joining the list of Japanese brewers planning price hikes because of higher raw material costs, Associated Press reported November 30.

The increase will be the first time Asahi has raised prices in 18 years, excluding revisions that followed liquor tax increases.

The current average store price for a 350-milliliter can of regular beer in Japan is 207 yen (US$1.88)

Asahi, Japan's largest brewery in terms of beer shipments per year, said higher costs for imported malt and packaging materials such as aluminum cans and cardboard have exceeded what it can control through cost reduction and other steps.

Last month, rival Kirin Holdings Co. said its brewing unit will raise its beer prices on Feb. 1.

India: Diageo may brew Guinness beer in India

Liquor major Diageo is looking at the possibility of manufacturing Guinness, one of the most successful beer brands, in India, The Hindu Business Line reported November 29.

“We are talking to various breweries. We could manufacture it (Guinness beer) locally,” Diageo India Managing Director, Mr Asif Adil, told Business Line. He said, currently Guinness stout beer sells at Rs 450 per can of 330 ml. Once the company starts manufacturing the beer, the price could come down to Rs 80-Rs 100 for a 750 ml bottle.

Diageo is looking at a share of between 5 and 7 per cent of the total beer market, whose size in volume terms currently is around 120 million cases (consisting of twelve 750 ml bottle each). Guinness now sells about two containers (of 2,400 cases) every month in India. Prospects bright

“Initially we had a toehold approach for the market. But because of the staggering response we have received for the beer, we find a great future for the brand in India,” Mr Adil said.

Mr Adil said with the reduction of additional customs duty, most of the company’s brands have become extremely competitive in the market.

Hence, Diageo wants to push sales of some of its marquee brands aggressively. ...More Info

Latvia: Latvia is the only country in European Union against the increase of beer tax
Latvia is the only country in European Union which is against the increase in beer tax, Oskar Spurdzinsh, Ministry of Finance, said in an ...More Info

Russia: Carlsberg takeover bid for BBH won’t go down well in Russia
Scottish & Newcastle, which announced its defensive plans for remaining independent last week, involving cost-cutting and returning value to shareholders, has 50-50 joint ownership ...More Info

Barley News

World: Barley market in expectation
Barley market is in expectation of the malt contracts fixation in Europe, La Depeche published November 28. For 2008 crop the market is blocked ...More Info

Australia: Scientists identify crucial barley gene responsible for boron toxicity tolerance
Adelaide scientists have identified the major gene responsible for boron toxicity tolerance in barley, allowing breeders to select with 100% accuracy barley varieties that ...More Info

Canada: Government may introduce a bill to allow open barley marketing
Having lost its first attempt to end the Canadian Wheat Board's barley monopoly, the Harper government now appears ready to introduce a bill to ...More Info
Scientific Digest

A New Two Dimensional Germinative Classification of Malting Barley Quality Based on Separate Estimates of Vigour and Viability

Birthe MOLLER and Lars MUNCK Department of Food Science, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University,Frederiksberg, Denmark

It is surprising that not even today do germination data seem fully integrated with malting data in barley quality evaluation. In order to implement such an integration, pattern recognition multivariate data analysis (chemometrics) is essential. Inspired by the results from chemometric analyses of whole germination curves we tested a two-dimensional classification plot of barley samples based on separate estimates for "vigour" (g%1) germination energy (GE) as abscissa with limits at 70% and 30% and "viability" (g%3) as ordinate with limits at 98% and 92%. The seven barley classes obtained visualise the quality differences in a consistent and instructive way clearly differencing and ordering malting barleys with falling extract% and increasing wort -glucan (mg/l) according to a subsequent validation analysis. "Vigour" g%1 could surprisingly be predicted by Partial Least Squares Regression (PLSR) correlation by Near Infrared Transmission (NIT) and by a separate set of ten physicalchemical analyses. Samples with "viability" g%3 lower than 92% were outliers. It was concluded that germination speed is connected with the structure of the seed, which regulates the availability of substrate for germ growth near connected to the speed of malt modification. It is suggested that a NIT PLSR prediction model for "vigour" can be used directly "on-line" for quality control in the grain industry and by plant breeders. A fast germinative classification plot can be established with NIT spectroscopy for "vigour" and the Tetrazolium germ-staining test for "viability" within two hours. Keywords: germination classification; vigour; viability; Near Infrared Transmission; physical-chemical properties
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Theoretical malt prices

Theoretical malt prices (Crop 2007, Crop 2008).

NB: Prices published are theoretical malt prices including financial cost, THC (for bulk and bags container) and all administrative costs. This prices may fluctuate according to the quantity per delivery and technical specifications.

* - 70/30 = 70% Average two Rows Spring and 30% Six Rows Winter
** - 50/50 = 50% Average two Rows Spring and 50% Six Rows Winter

Prices Evolution

Prices evolution
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