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Argentina jockeys to get its barley into Chinese beer

The Latin American nation hopes to displace Australia during a trade dispute

Argentina is jockeying to get more of its malt barley into Chinese beer, now that Asia’s mega-economy is locked in a trade fight with its top barley supplier Australia, according to industry sources in the South American grains powerhouse. China is the top global importer of malt barley for making pale lagers and other beers, while Saudi Arabia is the top importer



With beer taps off, malt barley demand down

No significant drop in barley acres expected

MarketsFarm — Declining beer consumption due to the COVID-19 pandemic will also lead to reduced demand for the malt barley to brew it — but acreage to the crop is unlikely to see much adjustment on the Prairies. “I don’t think there’s any question — without sporting events, and festivals, and concerts – that beer

China-Australia row to reshuffle trade in bulging barley market

Gains for Canada, other exporters won't be 'magical'

Paris | Reuters — A prohibitive Chinese import tariff on Australian barley will benefit other suppliers without changing the bleak global outlook caused by large stocks and depressed beer demand, analysts and traders said. Beijing said on Monday it would apply an 80.5 per cent tariff on Australian barley imports for the next five years,

Vegetable farmer Justin Girard shows the twisted metal remnants of one of the portable

Year in Review: Local food producers struggle ahead

Lack of supply chains, business risk management programs, and clear regulations are keeping local food from reaching its full potential in Manitoba, say producers, experts

Manitoba has a way to go before it’s a friendly place for small food and drink producers, several articles demonstrated throughout the year. Be it crippling regulations, lack of risk management programs for small farmers, or simply lack of local supply chains, several factors say Manitoba’s local food system has yet to fully mature. “It


Chris Wararuk surveys one of Farmery’s hops yards, near Neepawa.

Local content scarce in local brews

University of Manitoba study shows brewers want to buy local but the supply chains don't exist

After 11 years in the business, Wells is still more than happy to yak about beer and what he’s got brewing — like the Pilsner made with Saskatchewan craft-malted barley he has in process. “So far it’s tasting awesome,” he said. Rosthern, Saskatchewan, is the closest Wells can get to local craft malt right now.

New federal standard to expand beer ingredient options

More variety in allowable ingredients and more requirements for declarations are now part of the federal rules on what can be called beer in Canada. The federal government on May 1 announced “modernized” beer standards under Canada’s Food and Drug Regulations (FDR) — the rules laying out the requirements to be met by a product



Aluminum cans are a hot commodity for small Canadian brewers following tariffs and production shutdowns.

Canadian craft brewers scramble for aluminum cans

Retaliatory tariffs on U.S. aluminum are 
making them a hot commodity

Canadian microbreweries are facing a shortage of cans and higher costs, forcing some to cut beer production after the country imposed retaliatory import duties on U.S. aluminum imports in the busy summer season. Though Canada is the world’s third-biggest aluminum producer and cans are made in the country, beer makers also rely on the import

Ad-ventures in beer promotion

Our History: August 1961

Acceptance of advertisements for alcoholic beverages was sometimes a controversial subject for delegates at meetings of Manitoba Pool Elevators, the Co-operator’s former owner. Some argued that it should not carry alcohol ads, but others pointed out that it would be hypocritical for a company to on one hand refuse beer ads while on the other