For at least the last 12 years the CWB has surveyed farmers on a variety of issues, from attitudes about agriculture to preferred marketing systems.
In January of 2007, CWB officials met with Minister Gerry Ritz in Ottawa. In attendance were senior officials from the malting companies and the President of the Malting Industry Association of Canada. These representatives explained that the malting industry would not invest any more capital in the malt industry in Canada as long as the CWB has single desk marketing authority. They were demanding changes.
The Canadian malt industry kept to its word and has not invested in any new capacity. However, since that time, China has built a great deal of capacity and continues to import Canadian malt barley and has now increased exports of malt dramatically. (From practically zero in 2004 to an estimated 375,000 tonnes in 2010.)