Saudi Arabia privatizes barley imports and distribution business

SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi Arabian government has complemented the full privatization of barley imports and distribution business in line with its November 2020 decree.  The decision was implemented when the Saudi Grains Organization (SAGO) sold 1.84 million metric tons (MMT) of barley through an open and competitive bidding process to local grain traders. The quantity was made up of 1.42 MMT of barley stored at 22 packing terminals (mostly contract packers) and seven vessel loads of barley sailing to Saudi seaports carrying 60,000 MT each for a total of…

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Scientists develop new method to upcycle spent barley to bolster sustainability in beer production

US – The process of making beer usually results in mounds of leftover grain that beer manufacturers have to dispose of. Previously, the protein-rich and fiber-rich powder typically was either used in cattle feed or discarded in landfills. With sustainability increasingly becoming an important part of the brewing process, filling landfills with their spent grain does not look good on the sustainability scorecard of beer manufacturers. It is neither a good idea if a protein rich product is just fed to animals when millions of people have a problem accessing…

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IFC invests US$55.9M in Habesha Breweries, boosting Ethiopia’s barley industry

ETHIOPIA — The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has extend US$55.9 million financing to Habesha Breweries S.C., a beverage manufacturer in Ethiopia to help the company expand its operations and increase local barley sourcing from smallholder farmers. The loan is co-funded by the Dutch development bank (FMO) and Dutch banks Cooperative Rabobank U.A. (Rabobank) and ING Bank N.V. (ING Bank). According to IFC, Ethiopia’s brewing industry is fast growing and an important contributor to economic growth, but the sector imports as much as 90% of its malt barley needs. “Programs that…

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Tanzania Breweries commits to improving local barley productivity

TANZANIA – Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL), a subsidiary of AB InBev, has pledged to support barley farmers while encouraging them to adopt modern technology and practices that will increase efficiency and productivity. Speaking during the Barley Growers Day’ organised by TBL in the Nothern regions, the company’s Barley Manager, Joel Msechu, reaffirmed that the company will continue to deploy various intevetion aimed at improving productivity. “To empower farmers, TBL offers farmers with sufficient inputs and information to increase productivity while actively reducing environmental impact.  “We are strongly committed to Tanzania…

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Morocco’s cereal production to shrink 19% to 6.1m tonnes

MOROCCO – Morrocco is set to record a decline in major cereals production during the 2018-2019 production season with forecast projecting a 6.1 million tonnes harvest representing a 19% decline from the average production of 7.5 million tonnes. This is according to a projection from the country’s ministry of Agriculture which based the production of wheat, barley, and durum to decline on account of 23% decline in rainfall compared to the previous season. According to Aziz Akhannouch, the Ministry of Agriculture, the “agricultural production season will be average only for…

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Ethiopia’s Assela Malt Factory to triple annual production

ETHIOPIA – Assela Malt Factory, the leading malt supplier to most Ethiopian breweries, has unveiled plans of increasing its annual malt production to 100 000 tonnes, reports New Business Ethiopia. Currently, the factory operates at a production capacity of 36 000 tonnes of barley annually covering between 25-30% of the demand of malt in Ethiopia. The formerly state owned malt factory was recently sold to Oromia Cooperatives Union – an Ethiopian farmers owned cooperative – in May 2018, for US$48.8 million (1.3 billion birr) after being run by the government…

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Ukraine grain exports forecast to rise to 42.5 million tonnes

EUROPE – Ukraine grain exports are projected to rise to 42.5 million tonnes in the 2018-19 marketing year (July-June) boosted by higher harvests expected during the period. According to Ukraine’s agriculture ministry, Ukraine expects to harvest 64 million tonnes of grain this year, compared with 61.3 million in 2017-18. The country has exported 14.1 million tonnes of grain thus far in the 2018-19 marketing year and this is forecast to top total of 39.4 million tonnes realized last year. So far this year, Ukraine has exported 3.2 million tonnes of…

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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 rushed to buy the commodity amidst easing US-China tariff war. The data also showed that China imported 330,000 tonnes of corn in July, down 63.7% from last year while wheat imports were down 43.03% from…

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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 pressure. Although the agency believes that the overall effects of the recent droughts are not yet alarming, there may be a need for alternative solutions if the cost of these ingredients continues to rise. Weather…

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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 of Tanzania. The highlight of the event was the display of high yielding varieties of Barley and training of farmers by agricultural experts. The initiative also extended to introduce AB InBev’s global programme ‘Smart Barley’…

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