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1 EUR = 1.5000 CAD
1 EUR = 1.5864 AUD
1 EUR = 125.9200 JPY
1 EUR = 4.2631 BRL
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1 USD = 110.7600 JPY
1 USD = 3.7502 BRL
1 USD = 65.6339 RUB
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February 27, 2019
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2018
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 181.50-183.50 down1.62%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 177.00-179.00 down2.20%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 379.50-381.50 down0.96%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 374.50-376.50 down1.29%
Feed Barley (FOB Creil) 168.00-170.00down1.17%
French Barley/Malt
Crop 2019
2RS Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 182.50-184.50 down1.61%
6RW Malting Barley (FOB Creil) 175.00-177.00 down1.12%
2RS Malt (FOB Antwerp) 378.50-380.50 down0.96%
6RW Malt (FOB Antwerp) 369.50-371.50 down0.66%
German Malting Barley
Crop 2018
Ex Farm
Average Malting Barley Price nq  
Danish Malting Barley
Crop 2018
Free on truck
Ex Farm
Malting Barley (East) 1,534.00-1,536.00 -
Malting Barley (West) 1,534.00-1,536.00 -
Danish Malting Barley
Crop 2019
Free on truck
Ex Farm
Malting Barley (East) 1,284.00-1,286.00 -
Malting Barley (West) 1,284.00-1,286.00 -
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Malt news Australia: Plenty of good cheer flowing in GrainCorp’s malt division thanks to surging demand for whisky and craft beer ...Click here

Brewery news New Zealand: Volume of craft beer produced almost trebles over five years ...Click here
Brewery news China: Beer drinkers may end up bearing cost of barley trade war ...Click here
Brewery news USA: Off-premise beer category sales up 4.7 percent in January ...Click here

Barley news Australia: Barley production estimated down 7% in 2018-19 ...Click here
Barley news Canada: Barley supply decreases in 2018-19 due to low carry-in stocks ...Click here

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Barley news UK: Barley growers find secure market with grain for distilling ...Click here
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Brewery news Belgium: Group of friends raises start-up capital to open Ghent’s largest brewery ...Click here
Brewery news Russia & China: Moscow brewers increase exports to China ...Click here
Brewery news USA: Big brewers in a row over corn syrup use ad ...Click here
Brewery news Mexico: Mexico’s Oxxo stores to start selling popular national beers including Corona and Pacifico ...Click here

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Scientific Digest


Dedicated to Dr. Koen Goiris, who passed away in 2017, a Belgium research group published an extensive overview about everything there is to know about alpha acid and its isomerization. From the biosynthesis of bitter acids in the hop plant, the solubility properties of alpha acids in wort and beer, to the reaction mechanisms and kinetics of converting alpha acids into iso alpha acids — all relevant research and publications are summarized here. And as the authors say and I agree "this review paper will help scientists to find their way and discover new things in the fascinating field of hop research."


B. Jaskula-Goiris, L. De Cooman and K. Goiris, Humulus Lupulus: Hop Alpha-acids Isomerization A Review, Brewing Science, 2018
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These Days in Business History

25 February
1791 - 1st Bank of U.S. chartered
1837 - 1st U.S. electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport
1862 - Paper currency introduced in U.S. by President Abraham Lincoln

26 February
1848 - 2nd French Republic proclaimed
1907 - Royal Oil and Shell merge to form British Petroleum (BP)
1993 - World Trade Center bombing
1995 - Barings Bank, one of the oldest and most distinguished investment banks in the world, declares bankruptcy

27 February
1557 - 1st Russian Embassy opens in London, Russia and U.S. sign trade agreement
1990 - Exxon Corp and Exxon Shipping are indicted on 5 criminal counts
1998 - Apple discontinues developing Newton computer


March 2019:
05 - 07: Expo Antad & Alimentaria Mexico 2019 (Mexico City, Mexico)
11 - 13: 105th Brewing and Engineering Congress 2019 (Rust, Germany)
13 - 14: BeerX 2019 (Liverpool, UK)
13 - 16: Festival Brasileiro da Cerveja 2019 (Blumenau, Brazil)
14 - 16: Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair 2019 (Dublin, Ireland)
15 - 17: Barcelona Beer Festival 2019 (Barcelona, Spain)
27 - 28: Craft Beer Italy 2019 (Milan, Italy)
27 - 29: 10th World Barley, Malt & Beer Conference (Warsaw, Poland)

April 2019:
04 - 06: Warsaw Beer Festival 2019 (Warsaw, Poland)
05 - 06: Helsinki Beer Festival 2019 (Helsinki, Finland)
08 - 11: Craft Brewers Conference & BrewExpo America 2019 (Denver, Colorado, USA)
10 - 12: Drink Technology India 2019 (Bengaluru, India)
26 - 28: Zythos Beer Festival 2019 (Leuven, Belgium)

May 2019:
07 - 09: International Beer Strategies Conference 2019 (Dublin, Ireland)
15 - 17: Craft Beer China 2019 (Shanghai, China)
17 - 19: Mondial de la Biere 2019 (Paris, France)
21 - 23: Africa Brewing Conference 2019 (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
21 - 24: Beer 2019 (Sochi, Russia)
21 - 26: Latvia Beer Fest 2019 (Riga, Latvia)
22 - 25: Mondial de la Biere 2019 (Montreal, Canada)
23 - 25: Copenhagen Beer Festival 2019 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
28 - 30: Brasil Brau 2019 (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
30 - 01 June: Expo Wine + Beer 2019 (Santiago de Chile, Chile)

June 2019:
02 - 06: The 37th Congress of the European Brewery Convention (Antwerp, Belgium)
03 - 04: The Brewers of Europe Forum 2019 (Antwerp, Belgium)
09 - 11: Brewing Conference 2019 (Bangkok, Thailand)
24 - 26: 2019 ASBC Meeting (New Orleans, USA)
25 - 26: BevExpo 2019 (Ricoh Arena, Judds Lane, Coventry, United Kingdom)

July 2019:
03 - 04: Craft Drinks India 2019 (Bengaluru, India)
09 - 11: Fdt Africa 2019 (Midrand, South Africa)

August 2019:
02 - 04: The 23rd International Berlin Beer Festival (Berlin, Germany)
06 - 10: The Great British Beer Festival 2019 (London, UK)
07 - 10: VIETFOOD & BEVERAGE - PROPACK 2019 (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
09 - 10: Beervana 2019 (Wellington, New Zealand)
26 - 31: Copa Cervezas de America 2019 (Valparaiso, Chile)

September 2019:
04 - 08: Mondial de la Biere 2019 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
21 - 06 October: Oktoberfest 2019 (Munich, Germany)
26 - 27: Sea Brew 2019 (Bangkok, Thailand)
26 - 28: Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2019 (Stockholm, Sweden)

October 2019:
03 - 05: Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2019 (Stockholm, Sweden)
03 - 05: The Great American Beer Festival 2019 (Denver, USA)

November 2019:
12 - 14: Brau Beviale 2019 (Nuremberg, Germany)
27 - 29: Drink Japan 2019 (Makuhari Messe, Japan)

December 2019:
05 - 07: Drink Technology India 2019 (New Delhi, India)
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Malt newsAustralia: Plenty of good cheer flowing in GrainCorp’s malt division thanks to surging demand for whisky and craft beer
While drought continues to dehydrate GrainCorp’s Australian crop receival and grain trading earnings, there’s plenty of good cheer flowing in its global malt division, ...More info on site

BreweryBrewery News Brewery

Brewery newsNew Zealand: Volume of craft beer produced almost trebles over five years
The volumes of craft beer produced over the past five years has almost trebled, Stats NZ figures released on February 26 show.

Last year alone, ...More info on site

Brewery newsChina: Beer drinkers may end up bearing cost of barley trade war
Beer drinkers in China -- and in Chinese restaurants around the globe that sell brands like Tsingtao -- may end up bearing the cost ...More info on site

Brewery news USA: Off-premise beer category sales up 4.7 percent in January
Dollar sales of beer, cider and flavored malt beverages grew 4.7 percent, to more than $2.5 billion, through the first four weeks of 2019, according to market research firm Nielsen, which tracks category-wide sales at major off-premise retailers, Brewbound reports.

Through January 26, beer dollar sales grew 3.4 percent, to more than $2.3 billion. Segments growing dollar sales included hard seltzer (+246.8 percent), cider (+6.6 percent), domestic super premiums (+20.6 percent), near beer (+4.1 percent), domestics (+3.2 percent), imports (+11 percent) and craft beer (+0.8 percent).

As for craft styles, IPA dollar sales grew 10.6 percent, to more than $119 million, in January, while sour ale dollar sales grew 12.3 percent, to about $1.9 million. Meanwhile, dollar sales of craft 15-packs grew 68.6 percent, to more than $11.5 million, during the first four-weeks of the years.

Brewery news Belgium: Group of friends raises start-up capital to open Ghent’s largest brewery
A group of friends in Ghent has raised almost one million euros of start-up capital to help them create Beerselect, which will be the city's largest brewery, The Brussels Times reported on February 24.

However Beerselect will not be brewing beer on its own account. Instead the company intends to supply the facilities for small artisanal brewers to scale up their production to meet the increasing demand for craft beer.

Similar contracts already exist with brewers like Anders in Limburg and De Proef in Ghent, who make beer to order according to a producer's own recipe. Some independent breweries like Huyghe in Melle brew beer for clients as well as manufacturing their own brands. Beerselect offers something slightly different.

“What we do at the moment is support small brewers,” explained Miel Bonduelle, one of the four founders. “We represent them at international beer festivals. But the pity is that they are often running on the spot, even although there is much more demand for their beer than they can produce for themselves.”

The answer is not to brew beer for the small craft brewer, but to provide them with the equipment to do it themselves. The new brewery has raised 900,000 euros capital, and ...More info on site

Brewery news Russia & China: Moscow brewers increase exports to China
Malt beer produced in the Russian capital has apparently gained popularity among the country’s eastern neighbours, becoming the most popular export from Moscow to China. Shipments reportedly surged nearly 93 percent last year, RT reported on February 23.

“The Moscow food industry’s most popular product exported to China in 2018 was malt beer in 10-litre casks or smaller, and its export amounted to $14.6 million, which is 92.9 percent more than in 2017,” the Moscow Department of Investment and Industrial Policy revealed to TASS on February 22.

China’s domestically produced brand Snow is considered the most popular beer in the world. It does not mean, however, that it’s known around the globe and popular among beer lovers. Reviewers on RateBeer.com gave Snow beer an average rating of 1.75 out of 5. China’s second most popular beer, Tsingtao, is not much better, as users gave it 2.04 points.

Brewery news USA: Big brewers in a row over corn syrup use ad
Anheuser-Busch InBev sparked backlash from corn producer industry groups and rival brewers when it aired a Super Bowl ad that shamed other beer brands for using corn syrup. Now, it looks like the 60-second commercial could have longer-lasting repercussions.

AB InBev, Molson Coors Brewing, Heineken and Constellation Brands had been discussing teaming up for a national ad campaign to revive U.S. beer sales for more than a year, but the Bud Light ad has jeopardized the alliance, The Wall Street Journal reported on February 25.

U.S. beer consumption has been declining as consumers drink more spirits and wine or eschew alcohol altogether. Last year, unit case volume of beer declined by 1.5 percent, according to IWSR data. To make matters worse for the country's biggest beer producers, craft beers have been eating into big brewers' sales.

MillerCoors, Molson's U.S. division, has pulled out of meeting scheduled for next month and said the project should be paused, according to the Journal.

The Bud Light ad took aim at Molson's Miller Lite and Coors Light beers for using corn syrup during the brewing process. Although the ingredient sounds similar to high-fructose corn syrup, which has been associated with the obesity epidemic, dietitians say that the sweetener ...More info on site

Brewery news Mexico: Mexico’s Oxxo stores to start selling popular national beers including Corona and Pacifico
Mexican bottler and retailer Femsa said on February 26 it will start selling popular national beers including Corona and Pacifico at its Oxxo stores, Mexico’s biggest convenience store chain, Reuters reported.

Femsa’s agreement to bring in the brands, with Anheuser Busch InBev subsidiary Grupo Modelo, will take effect in April for certain Mexican markets, Femsa, or Fomento Economico Mexicano, said in a statement.

The deal will cover Mexico City and Guadalajara, the country’s biggest cities, in 2019 and spread to stores nationwide by the end of 2022.

Oxxo, with more than 17,000 stores across Mexico, has sold Heineken brands exclusively since 2010, Femsa said.

Heineken said in a statement that it would continue selling its brands at Oxxo under a new agreement for five years.

Femsa did not disclose terms of its agreements with Grupo Modelo or Heineken, which are both set to be finalized in March.

Grupo Modelo produces 10 brews including Corona, Pacifico, Victoria and Modelo, some of Mexico’s most recognizable brands. It also imports Budweiser and Bud Light.

Oxxo generates about 35 percent of revenue at Femsa, which will report fourth-quarter results on February 27.

BarleyBarley News Barley

Barley newsAustralia: Barley production estimated down 7% in 2018-19
Australia’s barley production is estimated to have fallen by 7% to 8.3 million tonnes in 2018-19, ABARES said in its February report.

In New South ...More info on site

Barley news Canada: Barley supply decreases in 2018-19 due to low carry-in stocks
For 2018-19, total Canadian barley supply decreased to 9.674 mln tonnes due to sharply lower carry-in stocks, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada said in its February report.

Total domestic use is forecast to increase on higher feed and industrial use to 6.074 mln tonnes.

Exports are forecast to remain strong, at 2.7 mln tonnes, although slightly lower than last year, due to strong international demand.

Carry-out stocks are forecast to decrease by 28% to 0.9 million tonnes that will be a record low level.

The average price of feed barley at Lethbridge for the crop year is expected to be C$255/t, about 12% higher than last year, the analysts said.

Similar to feed barley, the quality of the malting barley crop is variable. The extensive summer heat increased the protein content of the crop and lowered the weight of the crop, depending on the date of maturity and area.

The Lethbridge spot feed barley prices to-date have been about 20% higher than last year and Prairie malt prices have been 15-25% higher than last year.

World barley stocks are historically low as nearly all of the world major producers and exporters had smaller crops and, in many cases, quality was also lower than normal. ...More info on site

Barley news UK: Barley growers find secure market with grain for distilling
An expanding band of barley growers in southern England is producing low-nitrogen grain destined for the spirits market and earning themselves a useful price premium, the Farmers Weekly reported on February 25.

Having a secure domestic market for their grain rather than relying on exports, which may be liable for tariffs as Britain prepares to leave the European Union, could be a good move in these uncertain times.

Farmers Weekly reporter David Jones visited two of these growers in Hampshire to find out how they are meeting the tough demands of the distilling industry.

Chris Allen is the only malting barley grower supplying the uber-trendy gin and vodka brand Bimber, which he hopes will shelter him from the cold winds of Brexit.

Low-nitrogen barley grown on his Hampshire downland farm fetches a distilling market premium and goes to produce English barley vodka selling at close to £35/bottle.

His spring-sown barleys are malted in Wiltshire and transported to the four-year old Bimber distillery in London which will help to insulate Mr Allen from the uncertain world of grain exports as Britain prepares to leave the European Union.

“The grain is being used in this country for distilling so we are not dependent on exports, and therefore we ...More info on site

WhiskyWhisky News Whisky

Whisky news China: Diageo to increase stake in liquor maker Sichuan Shujingfang Co Ltd
Diageo PLC said on February 26 it intends to increase its stake in Sichuan Shujingfang Co Ltd to 70% from 60% through a partial tender offer, the Morningstar reported.

Sichuan Shujingfang is a Chinese producer of baijiu, a liquor made from grain.

The partial tender offer has been priced at CNY45.00 per share, of CNY2.20 billion in total, or GBP249.0 million.

The offer is still currently being discussed, with both companies stressing that there is no certainty the acquisition will be made.

Shares in the FTSE 100-listed beer and spirits maker were up 1.4% at 2,960.00 pence on February 26.

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