China’s grain imports fall on rising prices and impact of US tariffs

ASIA - China’s sorghum imports in July declined by 62.5% to 220,000 tonnes from 588,364 tonnes a year ago, impacted by heavy tariffs imposed on shipments from the United States and rising international prices, reports Reuters. According to data from the General Administration of Customs, the imports were also below June’s 450,000 tonnes when buyers…

EU and Eastern Europe drought causes damage to wheat, maize and barley crops

EUROPE - The drought in many regions of the European Union and Eastern Europe has caused significant damage to wheat, maize and barley crops, according to FAO of the United Nations. FoodingredientsFirst reported that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said that the prices of these crops could remain under upward…

Tanzania Breweries recommits to improving barley production

TANZANIA - Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) has renewed its commitment in collaborating with farmers to improve barley productivity in the country, reported IPP media. During the Barley Growers day in the country’s capital, the company introduced new varieties of seed to help farmers grow commercial barley that is suitable to the soil and climatic conditions…

Grain SA faults AB InBev for changing malt barley prices

SOUTH AFRICA - Barley farmers through Grain SA, the commodity organisation for grain producers have filed a complaint with the Competition Commission on a decision by AB InBev to change its pricing formula for malt barley, a key ingredient in beer making, reported Reuters. The lobby group accused AB InBev, the world’s largest brewing company…

Russia harvests its largest grain crop in nearly 40years

RUSSIA - Russia has harvested its largest grain crop in nearly 40 years, exceeding 134 million metric tonnes (MMT) according to official reports, moving Russia into the number one position of global wheat exporters. The report includes 85.5 MMT of wheat, 20.5 MMT of barley, 12 MMT of corn, and almost 15.8 MMT of other…

Saudi Arabia barley imports to decrease, says USDA

SAUDI ARABIA - According to USDA’s report based on Saudi Arabia Grains Organization’s (SAGO) past barley purchasing contracts, Saudi Arabia’s barley imports are likely to come down from 8.5 (official USDA estimate) to 8.0 million tonnes. The reduction in SAGO’s barley imports was mainly due to efficiency in managing storage and distribution of barely and…

Briess announces a US$17m expansion of its barley facility in USA

USA - Briess Malt & Ingredients Co. has announced that a US$17 million expansion of its barley processing and malting facility in Manitowoc, Wisconsin US scheduled to start immediately. Briess’s investment plan includes replacing an aging structure and installing a roaster and automated packaging line for the production and packaging of specialty malts. “Now all…