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Small Barley Crops Increase Beer Prices

17 June 2011

CANADA - High beer prices are brewing in Canada after smaller barley crops than expected mean a hike in the average price for a pint.

Similarly to last year a smaller number of barley acres have been planted than is usually expected.

Bad weather is continuing to put pressure on barley crops, which is further driving up the cost of the essential ingredient needed to brew beer.

Despite planting almost a million more acres of barley than last year, it is still well below the five-year national average of nine million acres. As barley is the biggest ingredient cost for brewers it is having the knock on effect for beer drinkers.

Heavy rains have delayed barley planting in Canada and Australia this year, with droughts affecting other areas of the world.

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