German Ethanol Production Leaps

Production of ethanol in Germany leapt by 50% in the first two months of the 2009/10 marketing year (July/August), according to the trade body the Bundesmonopolverwaltung für Branntwein (BfA). Blimey, that's a mouthful isn't it missus?

The closure of the "splash and dash" loophole in the face of the US helped production increase from 105,000 cubic metres in July/August 2008 to 158,000 cubic metres this year, they say.

The main feedstock? Surprisingly not wheat but rye.

They don't mention the war, and why should they? We're all friends now.