GRAIN MERCHANTS Banks Cargill and Grainfarmers have formed a new supply chain partnership with Coors Brewers, the UK‘s second-largest brewer.

Announced at Cereals 2004, the two merchants will be responsible for sourcing and purchasing malting barley from the 2004 harvest to supply Coors Brewers‘ 200,000t a year demand.

They will also develop the brewer‘s purchasing strategy for 2005.

A spokesman for Burton upon Trent-based Coors said: “This is an important initiative to enhance the effectiveness of our malting barley procurement.”