Following certification for organic malt production from the Organic Food Federation, Muntons have just taken delivery of their first load of organic barley at their Flamborough Maltings.
The first truck load of malting barley, a variety called ‘Belgravia’, was sourced from R G King of Mains of Erdradour, Pitlochry, Scotland and once the intake tests showed that the quality of the grains was good, the barley was stored away from non-organic barley in preparation for malting.
Before the end of the November, 160 tonnes of organic malting barley will be received and steeped at the maltings. After the seven days malting process, 138 tonnes of finished malt will come off the kilns ready to be despatched to customers early in the New Year.
This organic malt will eventually be used in the production of ales and distilling by brewers and distillers in the UK to supply organic beers and whisky to discerning customers across the globe.
Tim Wakeley, Compliance Manager at Muntons Bridlington maltings said: “This is a first for Muntons here in Yorkshire and we are pleased to now be in the position to make and sell organic malt to our customers. The market for organic products remains strong and we are proud to be able to add organic malt to the range of high quality products that we make at Bridlington.”