OTTAWA, March 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The announcement yesterday in Tokyo,
Japan by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Canada and Japan
have agreed to begin extensive negotiations on an Economic Partnership
agreement is welcome news and has the full support of all industry
members of the Malting Industry Association of Canada.
"The Harper Government has taken a strong leadership role in committing
to the continued expansion of international trade agreements that
reduce barriers to trade and provide the necessary impetus to expand
Canada's export opportunities." said Phil de Kemp, President of the
Malting Industry Association of Canada. De Kemp continued "An Economic
Agreement that can provide preferential treatment for Canadian malt
with the elimination of import tariffs alone has the potential of
increasing export business for Canadian malting companies and Canadian
farmers who supply us with the highest quality malting barley
available. Japan recognizes our industry's commitment to quality and
security of supply. This partnership initiative has the potential to
provide economic benefits to our brewing customers and their consumers,
making this a win-win partnership for the entire industry and consumers
Japan is Canada's second largest export market for malt. Exports of high
quality Canadian malt to Japanese brewers total over 150,000 metric
tonnes annually. Canada presently provides almost 40% of Japan's malt
import requirements for their domestic beer production.
The Malting Industry Association of Canada represents four major malting
companies in Canada. They include: Canada Malting Company Ltd. with
plants in Calgary, Thunder Bay and Montreal; Rahr Malting located in
Alix, Alberta; Prairie Malt Limited in Biggar, Saskatchewan; and
MaltEurop Canada Ltd. located in Winnipeg. Collectively, the industry
purchases approximately 1.1 million tonnes of malting barley or 50% of
all malting barley sold by Canadian malting barley farmers annually.
Canada is the second largest world exporter of malt.
SOURCE Malting Industry Association of Canada
For further information:
Phil de Kemp, President, Malting Industry Association of Canada. 1-613-271-9774