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December 20 - December 23, 2007
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Average Market Prices Change trend
December 12, 2007
Crop 2007 Crop 2008
2rs Barley €291.0-293.0 1.74% 2rs Barley €268.0-270.0 2.28%
6rw Barley €258.0-260.0 1.17% 6rw Barley €234.0-236.0 1.29%
2rs Malt €538.5-540.5 1.51% 2rs Malt €499.5-501.5 1.52%
6rw Malt €497.0-499.0 1.12% 6rw Malt €456.5-458.5 0.77%

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

Czech Republic: Record output for Czech breweries in 2007 ...Click here
Japan: Sapporo Breweries to raise beer prices in April 2008 on higher costs ...Click here
USA: SABMiller, Molson Coors sign agreement to make merger official ...Click here
Bulgaria: Beer sales up 12% in 2007 ...Click here
Canada: Malting barley PROs unchanged, feed barley up 10% ...Click here
USA: Malting, feed barley markets saw slight price rallies in December ...Click here
World: A shortage of hops threatens beer industry ...Click here

Russia & Tanzania: Baltika to export beer to Tanzania ...More Info
Mexico: Bill Gates invests in Femsa ...More Info
Canada: Big Rock Brewery Income Trust announces monthly distribution ...More Info
Australia: South Australia barley pool estimates unchanged ...More Info
Ukraine: January - November 2007 barley sales down 48.5%, to 2.211 mn MT ...More Info
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Brewery News

Czech Republic: Record output for Czech breweries in 2007
Czech beer output will likely be higher than 20 million hectolitres for the first time this year, said Jan Vesely, chairman of the Czech ...More Info

Japan: Sapporo Breweries to raise beer prices in April 2008 on higher costs
Sapporo Breweries Ltd. said Thursday that it will raise the shipment prices of its beer and quasi-beer products on April 1, 2008, due to ...More Info

USA: SABMiller, Molson Coors sign agreement to make merger official

SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company announced that they have signed the definitive transaction agreement for the combination of the U.S. and Puerto Rico operations of their respective subsidiaries, Miller and Coors, into MillerCoors LLC, the joint venture that they announced on 9 October 2007, according to Business Wire, December 21.

Graham Mackay, Chief Executive of SABMiller, said, "Today's announcement is an important step forward towards completing the MillerCoors joint venture, a combination that will ultimately allow us to better meet the needs of distributors, retailers and consumers in the U.S. marketplace by providing greater choice, product availability and increased innovation."

Leo Kiely, Chief Executive of Molson Coors, said, "This combination of our two highly complementary U.S. businesses creates a stronger brewer and allows us to better compete. We look forward to closing the deal in mid-2008 and are cooperating fully with the regulatory clearance process."

The closing of the transaction is subject to obtaining clearance from U.S. competition authorities, certain other regulatory clearances and any required third-party consents. The Miller business and the Coors business will continue to be conducted separately and in the ordinary course until completion of the transaction.

Overview of SABMiller

SABMiller plc is one of the world's largest brewers ...More Info

Bulgaria: Beer sales up 12% in 2007
Since 2007 started in Bulgaria were sold a total of 5,032 hectoliters of beer, shows data of Brewery Union in Bulgaria. This is almost ...More Info

Barley News

Canada: Malting barley PROs unchanged, feed barley up 10%

The CWB released its latest Pool Return Outlook (PRO) for the 2007-08 crop year. Feed barley is up $10 per tonne while malting barley values remain unchanged from the November PRO, according to CWB’s press release, December 20.

Malting barley

Malting barley prices were mostly stable to slightly down during the past month due mainly to sluggish world demand. However, limited supplies caused by lower production and quality issues in Canada, EU, Australia and Argentina continue to provide underlying support for the malting barely market. Tight supplies will continue until the new crop harvest in August 2008.

Feed barley

Pool A - A very small pool size reflects limited delivery opportunities due to logistical capacity restraints for moving grain to port. Limited exports from the Black Sea and production problems in Europe have reduced the available supply of feed grains for the world. This has kept global feed barley fundamentals tight, supporting high prices.

Pool B - The world feed-grain situation continues to be tight. Statistics Canada reduced Canada's barley production by close to 900 000 tonnes, which further tightened the global barley market. Saudi Arabia continues to have uncovered demand for the spring of 2008 and is expected to come into the market soon ...More Info

USA: Malting, feed barley markets saw slight price rallies in December

Heading into the final month of 2007, both feed and malting barley markets saw slight price rallies at several local elevators while in other locations the markets held their ground, Farm & Ranch Guide reported December 20.

The strengthening for both classes was a result of little barley movement by farmers according to Larry Raap, grain merchandiser for Sun Prairie Grain in Minot, N.D.

In addition, feed barley prices received some support from potential export sales and the latest USDA Feed Outlook report that trimmed the world carryover stocks of barley even more.

“We just see a lack of movement as far as barley is concerned,” Raap said. “Since the highs of around $6.25 to the producer, the prices have dropped off and what free stocks of barley are out there they are just sitting on, hoping the price will get better again.

“And on the feed side the prices have improved. There for a while it was down around the $4.80 level, but now it's back to over $5 again, and it's basically the export business that's continuing to drive the feed market,” he continued.

“And some of the maltsters are getting a little more aggressive, depending on who needs some, so there seems ...More Info

Hops News

World: A shortage of hops threatens beer industry
Hit by price increases and shortages, many breweries, particularly the small “craft brewers” and the even smaller microbreweries, are being forced to raise prices, ...More Info
Scientific Digest

The process of vertical coordination and its consequences within the beer commodity chain

Vertikalni koordinace a jeji projevy v komoditní vertikale piva E. VESELSKA Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry, Brno, Czech Republic

The paper aims to identify the potential benefits from vertical coordination within the selected commodity chain. The problem is applied to the beer commodity chain because of its high importance in the Czech agri business and foreign trade. On the basis of the vertical analysis of the chosen commodity chain, a mathematic model of consumer price simulation is created and the existence of vertical coordination is verified in the analysed commodity chain. This model assumesthat input price increases are transmitted to consumers. The retail prices of beer a resimulated by holding technology and input-output relationships constant, while production as well as marketing costs change according to the changes in input prices. The simulated retail price is then compared with the actual retail price to indicate productivity gains resulting from vertical coordination passed on to consumers. The result sof the Model of Retail Price Simulation showt hat Czech brewery industry was in the observed period (1994–2002) vertically coordinated. Key words: retail price simulation, vertical coordination, agri-food chain and beer
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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

Table of the week

Canada: Barley Supply and Disposition as of December 12, 2007
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These Days in Business History
December 20
1790 The first mechanized textile mill in the U.S. opens in Pawtucket, R.I. Built by Samuel Slater
1803 Louisiana Purchase formally transferred from France to US for $27 million
1966 The transmission of trades and quotes from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange is fully automated for the first time

December 21
1879 Theodore Limperg, business economist
1913 1st crossword puzzle (with 32 clues) printed in New York World
1937 1st feature-length color & sound cartoon premieres (Snow White)

December 22
1882 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison
1973 Meeting in Tehran, the oil ministers of OPEC’s six Persian Gulf member countries announce that they will unilaterally raise the price of crude oil to $7 per barrel. In two-and-a-half months, OPEC has raised the price of oil by 128%. 1910 US postal savings stamps 1st issued

December 23
1834 Thomas R Malthus, English vicar/economist is born
1919 Alice H Parker patents gas heating furnace
1922 BBC Radio began daily newscasts
1973 6 Persian Gulf nations double their oil prices