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Base Currency: Euro
on December 20, 2017
Base Currency: US Dollar
on December 20, 2017
      1 EUR = 1.1823 USD
1 EUR = 0.8850 GBP
1 EUR = 1.5207 CAD
1 EUR = 1.5406 AUD
1 EUR = 133.2300 JPY
1 EUR = 3.8862 BRL
1 EUR = 69.1735 RUB
1 EUR = 7.8068 CNY
      1 USD = 0.8465 EUR
1 USD = 0.7477 GBP
1 USD = 1.2872 CAD
1 USD = 1.3045 AUD
1 USD = 112.7300 JPY
1 USD = 3.2914 BRL
1 USD = 58.6117 RUB
1 USD = 6.6069 CNY

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December 20, 2017
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2017
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 187.50-189.50 down1.05%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 155.00-157.00 down0.64%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 386.00-388.00 down0.63%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 346.00-348.00 down0.35%
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) 145.00-147.00down0.68%
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2018
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 186.50-188.50 down1.06%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 155.00-157.00 -
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 382.50-384.50 down0.64%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 344.00-346.00 -
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) nq 
German Malting Barley
Crop 2017
Ex Farm
Average Malting Barley Price nq  
Danish Malting Barley
Crop 2017
Free on truck
Ex Farm
Malting Barley (East) 1,284.00-1,286.00 down0.77%
Malting Barley (West) 1,284.00-1,286.00 down0.77%
Danish Malting Barley
Crop 2018
Free on truck
Ex Farm
Malting Barley (East) 1,204.00-1,206.00 down1.63%
Malting Barley (West) 1,204.00-1,206.00 down1.63%
Canadian Barley/Malt
Crop 2017
2-Row Malting Barley, bulk, truck/railcar, Winnipeg 330.00-332.00 -
2-Row Malting Barley, bulk in store, Vancouver 329.00-331.00 -
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 219.00-221.00 -
Feed Barley, basis Winnipeg 219.00-221.00 -
Feed Barley, bulk in store, Vancouver 282.00-284.00 -
US Barley
Crop 2017
2-Row Malting Barley, bulk, railcar Great Falls, Montana 170.00-172.00 -
6-Row Malting Barley, bulk, railcar Minneapolis, Minnesota 218.00-220.00 -
Feed Barley, basis Great Falls, Montana 115.00-117.00 -
Feed Barley, basis Minneapolis, Minnesota 109.00-111.00 -
-No change; upPrice increase; downPrice decrease versus last publication.

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Top Industry News

Malt news Russia: Malt production down 4.8% in 2016 ...Click here

Brewery news Vietnam & Thailand: ThaiBev wins auction to buy majority stake in Sabeco ...Click here
Brewery news China & Japan: Asahi Group sells its stake in Tsingtao Brewery Co to Chinese conglomerate Fosun International and Tsingtao Brewery Group ...Click here
Brewery news USA: Beer sales estimated to be ‘roughly flat’ this year ...Click here
Brewery news Ukraine: Beer production drops, malt output increases in January-November this year ...Click here
Brewery news Italy: Beer production reaches new record high in 2016 ...Click here
Brewery news USA: Beer loses leadership in on-premise category by value in the 52 weeks to October 7 ...Click here

Barley news Canada: Barley production forecast to drop by 10% in 2017/18 ...Click here
Barley news Canada: Barley exports this year well ahead of last season’s pace ...Click here

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Brewery news Myanmar: Fraser & Neave forms JV to ‘explore beer production in Myanmar’ ...Click here
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Brewery news Australia: Australians facing increase in alcohol prices ...Click here
Brewery news Zimbabwe & Malawi: Delta Corporation seeks approval to acquire stake in Chibuku Products ...Click here

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Scientific Digest


In our close community of brewing and hop researchers worldwide, we are familiar with the field of work which most of us are involved, but it's not often enough we find time to get to know our colleagues even better and have our motivations revealed that have brought us into the amazing field of beer and hops. Denis tells us his story; how he grew up, how he found hops... leading to his significant contributions in hops and beer chemistry. It is a great story with a happy ending - please read it! A Biographical Review.


De Keuekeleire, D.: A Happy, Hoppy Odyssey: From a Flavorsome Hobby to a Dream Job, J. Am. Soc. Brew. Chem. 75(4):283-301, 2017.

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These Days in Business History

18 December
1796 - 1st U.S. newspaper to appear on Sunday (Baltimore Monitor)
1844 - Lujo [Ludwig J von] Brentano is born (German economist)
1897 - Fernand J Collin is born, Belgian economist/banker
1973 - The Islamic Development Bank is founded
1991 - General Motors announces closing of 21 plants
1997 - HTML 4.0 is published by the World Wide Web Consortium

19 December
1795 - 1st state appropriation of money for road building, Kentucky
1989 - American Airlines purchases Eastern Airline's Latin American route
1997 - Masaru Ibuka co-founder Sony Corporation, dies at 89

20 December
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
1996 - NeXT merges with Apple Computer, starting the path to Mac OS X


January 2018:
26-28: Finest Spirits 2018 (Munich, Germany)

February 2018:
02-04: Brau Kunst Live 2018 (Munich, Germany)
09-12: HoReCa 2018 (Athens, Greece)
17-20: Beer Attraction 2018 (Rimini, Italy)
20-24: Great British Beer Festival Winter 2018 (Norwich, UK)
27-01 March: Beviale Moscow 2018 (Moscow, Russia)

March 2018:
05-07: 105th Brewing and Engineering Conference (Munich, Germany)
06-08: Expo Antad & Alimentaria Mexico 2018 (Mexico City, Mexico)
07-10: Festival Brasileiro de Cerveja 2018 (Blumenau, Brazil)
08-10: Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair 2018 (Dublin, Ireland)
14-15: BeerX 2018 (Sheffield, UK)
19-22: IBD Asia Pacific Convention 2018 (Wellington, New Zealand)

April 2018:
08-12: International Malting and Brewing Symposium "13th Trends in Brewing" (Ghent, Belgium)
13-14: Helsinki Beer Festival 2018 (Helsinki, Finland)
28-29: Zythos Beer Festival 2018 (Leuven, Belgium)
30-03 May: Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America 2018 (Nashville, USA)

May 2018:
22-24: Beer 2018 (Sochi, Russia)

June 2018:
06-09: Mondial de la Biere 2018 (Montreal, Canada)
29-01 July: Mondial de la Biere 2018 (Paris, France)

August 2018:
03-05: The 22nd International Berlin Beer Festival (Berlin, Germany)
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)

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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Malt newsRussia: Malt production down 4.8% in 2016
According to a recent research by Discovery Research Group, Russia’s malt output totaled 1.144 mln tonnes last year – 4.8% below 2015.

In the first ...More info on site

BreweryBrewery News Brewery

Brewery newsVietnam & Thailand: ThaiBev wins auction to buy majority stake in Sabeco
Thai Beverage has won an auction to buy a majority stake worth $4.84 billion in Vietnam’s top brewer Sabeco, a lofty deal that adds ...More info on site

Brewery newsChina & Japan: Asahi Group sells its stake in Tsingtao Brewery Co to Chinese conglomerate Fosun International and Tsingtao Brewery Group
Chinese conglomerate Fosun International is taking a large chunk of Tsingtao Brewery Co after Japan’s Asahi Group Holdings said on December 20 it would ...More info on site

Brewery news USA: Beer sales estimated to be ‘roughly flat’ this year
As the end of 2017 draws near, U.S. beer volume sales remain roughly flat, according to recent data from Chicago-based market research firm IRI Worldwide, Brewbound reported on December 19.

IRI, which tracks beer sales at off-premise retailers, reported that total beer sales through the first 11 months of 2017 exceeded $31.8 billion in the firm’s multi-outlet and convenience (MULC) universe of stores (grocery, drug, club, dollar, mass-merchandiser and military). Through December 3, U.S. beer volume sales declined 0.5 percent while total beer dollar sales increased 1.1 percent.

Domestic premiums (Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light and others) — the largest beer segment — are in decline, as volume sales dropped 3.9 percent while dollar sales dipped 3 percent.

Meanwhile, sales of domestic super premium, import, and craft beers continued to grow this year.

Domestic super premiums, such as Michelob Ultra, fared the best: Volume sales grew 9.2 percent while dollar sales increased 11.2 percent. Volume sales of import offerings also grew 6.6 percent, while dollar sales increased 8.4 percent through December 3.

Year-to-date craft beer volume sales, meanwhile, increased 3.6 percent while dollar sales grew 5.5 percent during the period.

Molson Coors’ Blue Moon Belgian White and Leinenkugel’s Shandy ranked among the top three ...More info on site

Brewery newsItaly: Beer production reaches new record high in 2016
Italian beer production reached a new record high of 14.5 million hectolitres in 2016, of which almost 2.6 million were exported, according to Italian ...More info on site

Brewery newsUkraine: Beer production drops, malt output increases in January-November this year
Ukraine’s beer output amounted to 16.5 mln hl in January-November this year, 1.1% less than during the same period in 2016, the Beer Business ...More info on site

Brewery news USA: Beer loses leadership in on-premise category by value in the 52 weeks to October 7
Premium spirits in both at-home and out-of-home channels showed the most sales and volume growth in the US for the past 52 weeks ending Oct. 7, 2017, BeverageDaily.com reported on December 19, citing Nielsen data.

“In this modern, experience-driven on-premise environment, premiumization is evident in all categories, however no category highlights this more than spirits,” Scott Elliott, SVP of Nielsen CGA, said.

“High-end” spirits now account for 55% of total spirits volume and 62% of dollar sales, a 3.2% increase from last year, bringing $807 mln to the channel, according to Nielsen.

Ultra-Premium Spirits are growing at the fastest pace (+5% in dollar sales). Premium and ultra-premium whisky and tequila alone have contributed 65% (or $631 million) of total spirits growth. In contrast, middle- and valued-priced spirits combined grew less than 1% in dollar sales, Elliott said.

A similar trend is occurring in off-premise consumption where sales of Irish whiskey, cognac, and tequila are registering the most growth by volume (11.4%, +12.7% and +7.3%, respectively). Ultra-Premium American whiskey and single malt Scotches are also making rapid gains unlike cordials and rum which continue to struggle.

“As more consumers shop and buy in different ways and in different places, discretionary categories like adult beverages have to ...More info on site

Brewery newsMyanmar: Fraser & Neave forms JV to ‘explore beer production in Myanmar’
Fraser & Neave Limited (F&N), through subsidiary F&N Investments Pte Ltd (F&NI), incorporated a joint venture (JV) company in Myanmar, the Singapore Business Review ...More info on site

Brewery news Jamaica: Red Stripe launches new production line to expand beer exports
Red Stripe Jamaica on December 19 launched its new Production Line 8 that will grow the brewery's capacity to one million beers per day, powered by liquefied natural gas, the Jamaica Gleaner reported.

The new line will nearly triple the plant's capacity, totalled 375,000 bottles a day prior to the expansion. Production is presently at 376,000 bottles per day on average, Red Stripe told Gleaner Business.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness used the occasion to tout the latest LNG initiative by his government, saying Jamaica Urban Transit Company. JUTC, would begin testing the use of LNG to power its fleet of buses. He also hinted at the introduction of hybrid buses.

On December 18, "Cabinet approved the pilot project for buses to use LNG in Jamaica," Holness said at the commissioning ceremony at Red Stripe's complex in Kingston.

He disclosed the information within the context of Red Stripe's boast that the investment in the plant's energy reconfiguration would reduce carbon emissions equivalent to parking over 1,000 cars for a year.

“Now you talk about this plant and the equivalent number of cars it will take off the road - well just imagine when we have a fleet of buses powered by LNG, and possibly electricity," Holness ...More info on site

Brewery news Australia: Australians facing increase in alcohol prices
Drinkers in Australia would face significant price increases for beer and wine under a proposal to cut the nation’s alcohol consumption, the Herald Sun reported on December 19.

Under the draft plan, released by federal and state ministers, the cost of all alcoholic drinks would not be allowed to fall below a set level.

Industry sources expect that base would be A$1.50 per standard drink, leading to rises on a raft of cheap booze options.

A slab of Victoria Bitter — with 24 cans holding 1.4 standard drinks — now costs about A$47 but would jump to over A$50.

A bottle of Yarraglen Yellow sparkling wine would increase from about A$7 to nearly A$10.

But a A$10 four-litre cask of Golden Oak dry white wine holds the equivalent of 30 standard drinks — and that volume would mean a shocking price rise to at least A$45.

The draft plan, designed to reduce binge drinking and alcohol-related harm, also proposes one flat rate of taxation for all alcohol.

For now, there are different rates of tax for beer, wine and spirits. The reform would hit wine drinkers particularly hard, because it is taxed less.

The draft national alcohol strategy, quietly released last month, also calls for tough restrictions on ...More info on site

Brewery news Zimbabwe & Malawi: Delta Corporation seeks approval to acquire stake in Chibuku Products
Zimbabwean public company, Delta Corporation Limited has applied to Comesa Competition Commission to acquire stakes in Chibuku Products Limited, the Nyasa Times reported on December 19.

Delta Corporation Limited, a Zimbabwean public company listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, is making the acquisition of control of Malawi Traditional Beverages Limited which is incorporated under the laws of Malawi as a private company.

Both Comesa Competition Commission and Malawi’s Competition Fair Trading Commission confirmed the issue to the local media.

Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at the Comesa Competition Commission, Willard Mwemba, said the case is still at preliminary stages of assessment.

“Currently, we are working with our counterparts at the Competition and Fair Trading Commission in Malawi (CFTC), the Competition and Tariff Commission of Zimbabwe and the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission of Zambia to determine the likely effects of the transaction in the market,” Mwemba said.

CFTC Director of Consumer Welfare and Education, Lewis Kulisewa confirmed the issue but said the application will be processed by Comesa.

“The merger application will be processed at the Comesa Competition Commission as it involves several Comesa member states,” he said.

This transaction is coming 14 months after CFTC approved the acquisition of 100 percent shareholding in SABMiller by AB ...More info on site

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Barley news Canada: Barley production forecast to drop by 10% in 2017/18
For 2017-18, Canada’s barley production is forecast to decrease by 10% to a near-record low of 7.9 mln tonnes due to lower area and a lower average yield, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada said in their December report.

Although carry-in stocks are expected at a seven-year high (2.1 mln tonnes), supply is forecast to decrease by 1% to 10.2 mln tonnes due to lower production.

Domestic barley use is forecast to increase by 5% to 6.2 mln tonnes due to higher feed and industrial use.

Total barley exports are forecast to increase by 5% to 2.45 mln tonnes due to lower world supplies.

Canada’s barley carry-out stocks are forecast to decrease by 27% to 1.6 mln tonnes but remain above the previous five-year average.

The Lethbridge in-store feed barley price is forecast to increase due to the tight total barley supplies and the decline in the availability of other domestic feed grain substitutes.

The average barley yield was 3.73 tonnes/hectare (t/ha) in Canada, which is, despite the dry conditions on the Western Prairies, the third highest average yield on record. Barley yields in Eastern Canada were slightly below last crop year and the previous three-year average. Yields were better in the ...More info on site

Barley news Canada: Barley exports this year well ahead of last season’s pace
Canadian barley exports are running well ahead of the year-ago pace, with 677,100 tonnes exported to date, according to the latest Canadian Grain Commission data, Grainews reported on December 15.

The volume exported compares with only 354,200 tonnes at the same point the previous year.

The domestic usage pace, meanwhile, is running slightly behind the year-ago pace.

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