Press Release - Maltsters Association of Great Britain Annual Event

Maltsters’ Chairman outlines the opportunities ahead for the malting sector with strong business performance in an uncertain world

The Chairman of the Maltsters’ Association of Great Britain (MAGB), Richard Simpson of Simpsons Malt Ltd, described the strong performance of British maltsters at a time when there are many uncertainties ahead. He was speaking at the annual meeting of the MAGB to guests from organisations who work with the malting sector through the year to assure safety and quality in a strong supply chain.

The UK ranks as 5th nation globally for malt production, and 2nd in Europe. Production is growing as a result of investment in new production facilities.  Maltsters support a vibrant brewing sector, and a whisky sector that is the UK’s largest food & drinks exporter as it continues to grow in value. Malt demand from Scottish distillers has more than doubled over the past fifteen years to reach over 800,000 tonnes annually and is continuing to grow at the fastest rate for many years.

With sales to the US and SE Asia particularly important, exports of UK malt are delivered to over fifty countries worldwide.  The MAGB are optimistic that there will be opportunities to grow these markets on the back of new trade deals negotiated by the UK following Brexit.





Note to Editors

MAGB represents all aspects of the malting industry including distiller maltsters who produce malt for their own use and those companies who produce malt to sell in the UK and abroad.  Its 12 members represent 98 per cent of the malt produced in the UK each year.  The MAGB’s purpose is to promote and safeguard the UK malting industry, so enabling it to fulfil its worldwide potential. 


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