Boortmalt, one of the world’s leading malt providers for the beer and the distilling industries, has reaffirmed its commitment to Irish malt by announcing an expansion of its Athy operations.

The company’s malting capacity will be increased by 30,000 KT, which will underline its ability to provide its Irish customers with a 100% Irish supply chain, from seed to malting barley.

The local project team, led by Patrick Kennedy, Maltings Manager and Noel Gaffney, Plant Performance Manager, and McElroy Associates have been appointed to carry out the expansion project. The planning process is currently underway and should be completed by June 2018.

Commercial negotiations are ongoing and the successful principal contractor is due to be appointed before end December 2017. New steeping, germination and kilning vessels as well as additional malt outloading facilities will therefore be constructed and operational by June 2019.

“With our Irish growers partners we have, since 2010, further developed the Boortmalt local malting barley supply chain for the exclusive use of our Irish customers. The Boortmalt Irish malting barley supply chain is sustainable (Origin Green and SAI silver certified) and can be further expanded now that we decided to add 30,000 KT of malting capacity in Athy to service the growing brewing and distilling markets in Ireland,” says Yvan Schaepman, Boortmalt Group CEO.

After its ongoing investments in Ethiopia, the new malting plant extension in Ireland in line with Boortmalt’s strategy to support its customers worldwide by developing local malt production.

Boortmalt Group, the fifth largest malt producer in the world, is a subsidiary of French agro-cooperative Axéréal and operates 10 malting plants in Europe, across seven countries.

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