By FWi staff

THE world barley malt trade has shown a consistent increase during much of the 1990s reflecting strongly rising demand in the brewing sector, according to the International Grains Council.

But provisional data for 1998/99 (July/June) indicates some levelling off in imports with the estimated world total of 47 million tonnes (grain equivalent) unchanged from the previous year.

“Imports from South America, especially Brazil and Venezuela have fallen back somewhat, mainly the result of some downturn in domestic brewing industries,” noted the International Grains Council in its monthly report.

Exports to Japan were similar to before at 0.8 million tonnes and Russian imports have climbed sharply in recent years on the back of increased consumption.

Exports by the EC accounted for 60% of the global trade while Canada, the worlds second largest exporter, saw a drop in shipments.

Exports from Australia remained unchanged at 1997/98 levels.