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Malting Barley Imports Expected To Rise

09 March 2010

CHINA - Malting barley imports into China may be boosted by the country's growing brewing industry.

The Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) told that it expects the country's imports will rise to between 1.6 million and 1.8 million tonnes this year, an increase on last year's 1.2 million.

China has recently seen a boost in its low-alcohol beer market after aiming the products at women, which has led to a drop in malting barley needs, as the products use less.

Bob Cuthbert, the CWB's senior barley marketing manager, said that he now expects the malting barley imports to rise in line with increased beer production.

According to the source, the board said: "The bottom line is we should be able to increase Canada's market share at values that are a good premium over feed [barley] values."

The CWB recently celebrated half a century of trade with China, in which time the country has imported more than 120 million tonnes of western Canadian wheat and barley.

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