£6.4 million investment in new Peating Plant

Muntons the malted ingredient and malt manufacturer based in Stowmarket Suffolk and Bridlington in North Yorkshire has officially opened a new £6.4 million Peating plant in Yorkshire.

The plant is situated in a remote rural area in the Yorkshire Wold around an hour from our Bridlington maltings which produces over 100,000 tonnes of malt a year.  Green malt (partially germinated barley) from the Bridlington maltings will be sent for final kilning and incorporation of the peated flavour (defined as phenol) to supply the growing whisky businesses globally.

There is strong demand for peated malt as whisky sales continue to grow and this new plant is already attracting advance orders from customers, old and new. The plant is forecast to produce up to 12,000 tonnes of peated malt a year of varying strengths of phenol to match specific customer demands. It will be predominantly supplied in three strengths, heavily peated, medium peated and lightly peated. and Customers will be able to purchase from Muntons both whole or crushed peated malt, in sacks, totes and bulk.

The authentic flavour of peated malt will be produced and blended at our site at Tithe Top, Yorkshire using peat from Scotland.  The site uses a reed bed to clean the water discharges and liquid petroleum gas to avoid having to disturb the landscape installing new gas pipelines. Costing £6.4M it is another significant investment from Muntons as part of a £65M programme to expand capacity to meet demands from our existing and growing customer base.

Mark Tyldesley, Muntons Managing Director commented: “It has been over 30 years since Muntons has launched anything of this scale in the UK, so this is particularly exciting for us. Our ambitious expansion plans are well on track and it’s great to see the new peating plant already producing some very successful product trials.”

This new production facility means that Muntons will be looking to recruit five more production operatives within their production area over the course of the next few months.