Time to Talk Day 2022 - Michael's Story

Today, Thursday 3 February 2022, is Time to Talk Day. Mind and Rethink Mental Illness have co-organised the awareness day, and it’s a day about encouraging friends, families, and colleagues to talk to each other about their mental health.

Muntons and Mental Health

With an easy to access Employee Assistance Programme, which provides free services including counselling, and a recently launched our Wellbeing Buddies service, at Muntons, we take our team members’ mental health seriously. Our Wellbeing Buddies are volunteers who work across various areas of the business and are available for a chat or help to signpost their colleagues to services if needed.

As part of Time to Talk Day, our Head of IT, Michael Howard, has kindly agreed to share his mental health story in the hopes it showcases the importance of talking about your feelings when things may be tough.

Trigger Warning: We wish to warn readers that Michael’s journey includes topics surrounding intense mental health difficulties, including suicidal thoughts, which some may find disturbing.

Michael starts: “Growing up in the 1990s, there was still an incredibly strong stigma about mental health difficulties. People just didn't talk about attending therapy or using antidepressants, and in particular, society didn't encourage men to open up and talk about how we were feeling physically, let alone emotionally mentally. It was OK for girls and women to cry, but men and boys? Definitely not.

“Fast forward to when I was around 27, where things went downhill for me. My relationship collapsed, and with that, I lost everything. Practically overnight, I no longer had a partner, a home, money, or friends. It was the darkest and most painful time of my life during which I experienced suicidal thoughts. I was ready to do it and knew exactly how."

"I asked for help."

“Thanks to the help of new friends, they recognised what was happening and encouraged me to talk to somebody, while also helping me to leave the house more often. So, I asked for help. I asked for a lot, and I took all that was available. Over the next ten years, I came to terms with this illness and would no longer let it control my life. About four years ago, my doctor diagnosed me with depression and so I attended therapy.

During his cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions, Michael learnt various coping strategies and, through counselling, realised that he’d mistaken his mood and behaviour for typical teenage angst and that he’d been living with depression for at least 20 years.

"Things all changed because of COVID and I no longer felt in control of anything.”

“For years, I could fight my depression and anxiety, and work out a way of balancing my feelings. However, in March 2020, things all changed because of COVID and I no longer felt in control of anything.”

Just like 60% of adults in the country*, Michael’s mental health suffered during the first lockdown, so struggled more than he had done for a while, resulting in him receiving treatment for his depression and anxiety once again.

“Even though lockdown was hard, I feel my mental health journey really started in the last two years. I was stronger than I gave myself credit for and could let go of scenarios, much more and easier than before. I allowed myself to feel my emotions because they were real. Before I would have dismissed them. I finally realised it was OK to be vulnerable, especially during those difficult times.”

During that time, Michael continued to receive virtual therapy and things have turned around for him.

Things Are Looking Up

“It’s been a journey that I’m pleased I started because I dread to think where things could have gone. It’s taken me this long to get where I am mentally, and I guess I’ll never be ‘cured’. However, what I know is I can handle bad days or down moments; they’re not always down to how I’m feeling. It could have just been a bad day, which we all experience from time to time. So being down or a little overwhelmed is a perfectly normal reaction to life’s events. We’re all on a mental health problem spectrum, whether or not we realise it. I’m married and have great friends, family, and colleagues who support and encourage me to continue with my healing process. I feel lucky, but I’m proud of myself, too. It’s taken a lot of work to get myself here, and now I know what my symptoms are that I must recognise, should I have a hard time again.

“I know that 20 years ago, I simply wouldn’t have understood or sympathised with an article like this. Now, I totally appreciate the struggles of depression and anxiety. As cheesy as the cliché of ‘it’s good to talk’ is, it’s so true. We’re all struggling, some more than others, but what you don’t see on things like, social media or out and about is that other people may have a support network; their village. It’s so easy to get trapped comparing ourselves with each other, but it’s a waste of time.

It's Time for Change

“We, as a society, need to stop telling men and boys to ‘man up’, ‘men don’t cry’ or 'stop being so girlie'. They’re dangerous phrases and instil a toxic belief that men’s emotions are worthless compared to women’s. Too many generations have gone through this negative mentality, which sometimes has been the root cause of alcoholism, gambling problems, and even suicide. We must work together to allow people to believe what they’re feeling is normal and guide them to the services available. It doesn’t have to be a tablet to get you through it; if you can't open up to friends or family, then you can talk to GPs, health visitors, midwives, counsellors, therapists, or social prescribers. On the flip side, we all have a responsibility to keep our eyes open and recognise the symptoms. If you notice somebody isn’t quite themselves, invite them for a walk and a chat or go to the pub for a talk. Just by thinking: 'ask twice', asking somebody how they are, and then asking again could really turn somebody’s life around.

“Don’t be afraid of talking. By asking for help, you are doing the strongest thing a person can do and you should be proud of yourself. This too shall pass."

The Facts

One in four adults in the UK will experience a mental health problem in any year. Suicide in England and Wales is three times more common among men than among women, and the gap between genders continues to increase.

If you or you know somebody who is struggling with mental health, then please seek help immediately. You can find how, including information about text services to what to do during a crisis, by clicking here.

* Mind - The Mental Health Emergency

Management Changes

Nigel Davies, Director of Technical and Sustainability, is to step-down from Muntons on 5th April, following a tenure of almost a quarter of a century. Leaving in the spring, Nigel will move on to focus on his consultancy and will continue to be a sustainability advisor to the 100-year-old maltster.

The long-standing Director has been a key player in establishing Muntons’ green agenda for over two decades before businesses put the topic at the forefront of their strategies. He also designed and launched Muntons’ malting barley carbon footprint support tool, which was the first of its kind in the world.

Ahead of his departure, Nigel said: “It’s certainly with a heavy heart that I’m leaving Muntons after working here for most of my career. I am proud of what we have achieved together and how far we have come. I remember facing boycott and disinterest in sustainability at conferences in the early 2000s, and now we’re recognised as the thought leaders in our industry. This has encouraged me to provide sustainability consultancy.

Muntons is also announcing the appointment of Adrian Dyter as its new Head of Procurement and Technical from 21st February.

A familiar face within the brewing and distilling community, recently Managing Director for Crisp Malt, and with major roles previously with Carlsberg and Boortmalt, Adrian is hugely respected in the industry.

Reflecting on the changes, Muntons’ Managing Director, Mark Tyldesley, said: “It’s been an honour working with Nigel, and I am grateful for all the work that he has done. His passion for making our industry a greener one has spearheaded us into leading the way and winning accolades such as our recent platinum EcoVadis Medal, putting us in the top 1% of sustainable businesses in the world. He’s going to be sorely missed. Alongside that, I am delighted that Adrian agreed to join the business. His knowledge and experience within the industry, coupled with his proven leadership ability, will add huge value to Muntons at a time when we are looking to continue to grow. We look forward to welcoming him to Muntons and are excited for his future with us.”

Adrian adds: “I’m tremendously excited to be joining the team at Muntons and meet my new colleagues to build and deliver on the sound strategy that’s already in place. Muntons is a business with a great reputation, heritage, and diverse portfolio, and so it's an honour to be part of its next 100 years.”

Muntons Receives Platinum Sustainability Rating by EcoVadis

We're delighted to announce that EcoVadis has awarded us a platinum medal in sustainability performance. This rating puts us in the top 1% of global companies assessed and further highlights us as a leader in sustainability.

EcoVadis is the world's largest independent corporate social responsibility (CSR) rating agency and assesses over 85,000 businesses in 160 countries and 200 industries. It reviews a company’s performance in four key pillars: environment, labour and human rights, ethics, and sustainable procurement. Across the board, Muntons scored 75 out of 100 in the audit, well ahead of the global average of 47.

Companies partner with EcoVadis to collaborate on sustainability with a common platform, universal scorecard, benchmarks, and performance improvement tools.

More Recognition for Muntons

Muntons added the accolade to its ever-expanding list of recent achievements, including the Environmental Leadership Award at the 2021 Food and Drink Federation's awards and the Baking Industry Awards' Sustainability Initiative of the Year Award. The 100-year-old business impressed judges with its investment and innovation carried out on its new biomass heating system along with the co-generation of electricity. This, in part, represents Muntons' commitment to sustainability and reduces its environmental footprint in line with a net-zero carbon emissions target. The company is on track to achieve its science-based target early and will decarbonise by over 60% based on 2010 emissions.

Director of Technical and Sustainability at Muntons, Nigel Davies, said: “It’s an honour to be awarded the EcoVadis Platinum Award. As a business that has set science-based emissions reduction goals as part of our sustainability strategy, the medal recognises our commitments as an industry leader.

“We’re serious about our sustainability initiatives, and the work we do allows us to support our customers and suppliers build greener supply chains and therefore improve the industry’s methods throughout. The platinum award recognises our performance is consistently high in the wider sustainability issues, such as ethics, human rights and procurement."

Find Out More

If you'd like to learn more about our greener ways of working, then check out our sustainability report by clicking here.

Muntons and BBC 2's Inside the Factory

On Wednesday 5 January, everybody at Muntons was excited to watch our few minutes of fame on BBC 2, and watch Inside the Factory - Malt Loaf, which provided the inside scoop on a national favourite, the malt loaf.

In the first episode of the new series, viewers will watch as Gregg Wallace visits Soreen’s factory in Manchester. They will also see Cherry Healey’s exclusive access around the maltster’s Stowmarket headquarters as she learns how its quality malt ingredients play a critical role in the malt loaf’s classic taste and famous texture.

Filmed while observing the social distancing guidelines of December 2020, George Irving, Maltings Manager at Muntons, shows Cherry around the facilities. George explains the manufacturing process and the importance of sourcing the very best tasting malt. Muntons then delivers the malted ingredients to the malt loaf factory in Manchester, where Gregg is waiting.

The episode focuses on the British treat’s production and history and features drone footage of the Stowmarket site, taken by Muntons’ homegrown Engineer, James Robinson.

Ahead of the broadcast, Managing Director for Muntons, Mark Tyldesley said: “We’re looking forward to the new series of Inside the Factory and in particular this week’s malt loaf episode. It was a tremendous honour and an exciting opportunity to be included, and to welcome Cherry and the TV crew to our site certainly created quite a buzz within our teams!”

Muntons, which turned 100 in 2021, produces high-quality malted ingredients for Soreen and some of the most famous and well-loved food and drinks brands around the globe.

The popular TV show first aired in 2015 and showcases the ins and outs of some of the nation's favourite food and drink products. TV license holders in the UK, can watch Inside the Factory – Malt Loaf here

Industry Exam Recognition for Joe

Congratulations to our own Brewing and Distilling Malt Sales Manager, Joe Fifield, who's been recognised for achieving the country's highest result in his industry exams!

Joe, who supports customers across London, Southern England and Wales, completed the General Certificate of Malting (GCM) last year and achieved a credit grade. The malting industry’s trade association, the Maltsters’ Association of Great Britain (MAGB), named Joe as its highest-scoring exam candidate for 2020. This led to The Macpherson Memorial Trust nominating him for the Association’s prestigious award, the Macpherson Quaich.

The Macpherson Memorial Trust was set up in memory of well-loved and respected maltster Tim Macpherson, who, along with his wife Diedre (also known as Mouse), and their youngest daughter Iona, was tragically killed during a terrorist attack while on board an Air Lanka aircraft in 1986.

The Trust supports those who work in the malt, brewing and distilling industries to apply for financial awards for personal development, such as research and travel. Since 2017, the Trust has additionally recognised study achievements by awarding the Macpherson Quaich to outstanding GCM candidates.

Ordinarily, the Macpherson Memorial Trust presents the candidate who has achieved the highest GCM result, with the special cup, at the MAGB’s annual luncheons. However, because of COVID-19 safety measures, Joe had to wait a year to receive the accolade.

Speaking about receiving the Macpherson Quaich, Joe said: “I'm honoured to have received the Macpherson Quaich; it's a tremendous achievement for me and it’s something I’m really proud of.

Macpherson Chair of Trustees, Adrian Dyter presents Muntons Sales Manager, Joe Fifield with the Macpherson Quaich.

“The various lockdowns limited our planned industry visits that form part of our studies, so a special thanks

must go to my mentor George Irving, who’s our Maltings Manager and leads educational development at Muntons. He continued to run sessions virtually and provided excellent support to prepare for the exam.”

During an award ceremony at Muntons' headquarters in Stowmarket, Suffolk, Macpherson Chair of Trustees, Adrian Dyter presented Joe with the Macpherson Quaich.

Congratulations, Joe!

International Men’s Day 2021 - Matthew's Mental Health Story

Trigger Warning - the following piece talks about death by suicide and cancer. 

Each year, communities around the world honour International Men’s Day on 19 November. The emphasis of the day is to showcase men who make a positive difference to society and focus on men’s health and wellbeing issues.Matthew Neeve - Muntons Wellbeing Buddy - Mental Health Story

At Muntons, we’re once again encouraging our male team members, customers, suppliers, and partners to remember the importance of protecting their health and, in particular, their mental health.

Recently, we launched our Wellbeing Buddies scheme. These ten volunteers signed up to be available to their colleagues in times of need, for support or simply a little chat.

Our Wellbeing Buddies, many of whom have lived experience of mental health difficulties and represent most areas across Muntons, are available for chats, fitness advice, financial support. They can also signpost their colleagues to more formal support, such as counselling services via our employee assistance programme.

One such Wellbeing Buddy is Matthew Neeve, Homebrew Production Manager, based at Stowmarket.

Father of three, Matthew became a Wellbeing Buddy because he wanted to support his peers, and in particular male colleagues to: “Fight the challenging stigma that makes men feel like they can’t and shouldn’t talk about their mental health.”

Matthew’s drive to volunteer stems from the heartache and depression he lived through after a friend of his died by suicide in 1997 and, more recently, his pain after the untimely death of his sister Joanna, who died from cancer.

“Following Joanna’s death, I went into a dark place, and I don’t mind saying that. The grief encapsulated me; I didn’t feel I could talk about it, nor did I know how to, even if I wanted to. My whole family life had changed; my niece and nephew were now orphans and went into legal guardianship of my parents. They all needed me and my support, as did my family, who had just lost a great sister-in-law and aunt.

“I eventually realised how down I was and how I couldn’t cope with the day-to-day life. After having a panic attack in the office, I knew I had to do something. So, I spoke to my HR team, who mentioned we have access to counselling services and directed me to Muntons’ Employee Assistance Programme. The Programme matched me with Ray, with whom I developed a trusting relationship, and we would regularly catch up for a chat.

“He taught me the importance of talking about how I was feeling and how my reaction to what had happened was perfectly acceptable. With his help, I stopped feeling embarrassed and, in time, I relaxed during our sessions. I learnt that talking about my emotions, or even just how my day had been, was enabling me to process it all and I could release all the emotions and thoughts that I had.

“Over the years, I’ve become confident in talking about my experiences. It’s no different to talking about symptoms of the flu. I haven’t met or spoken to one person who has no experience of dealing with mental health problems, whether it’s themselves, a friend, or a family member.

“I don’t understand why there’s a narrative of ‘men don’t talk about their feelings’, or where it’s coming from. What I know is that telling somebody to ‘man up’ is incredibly dangerous. If you’re not honest about how you’re feeling, then you won’t feel better; all you’ll do is store everything up inside, which isn’t healthy. As soon as you’re able to talk about what you’re going through, then do so. There’s nothing to feel ashamed about.

“When Muntons put a call out asking for Wellbeing Buddy volunteers, it was a no brainer for me; of course, I was going to sign up! I want to help my colleagues, whoever they are and whatever department they’re in, to know they have people who won’t judge them. I have my battle scars; so many of us Buddies do too, and even if it’s a five-minute chat with somebody to guide them through the services available to them, then that’s perhaps five minutes less that they’ll live with their depression or anxiety in the future.”

If you're living with mental health difficulties, or know somebody who is, there are organisations and services available to help. Click here to find out more.


Another Sustainability Award for Muntons!

Sustainability Initiative of the Year Award

Muntons, the 100-year-old manufacturer and supplier of malt and malted ingredients, has won the Baking Industry Awards' newest category: the Sustainability Initiative of the Year Award (sponsored by Macphie), for its bio-energy plant at its Stowmarket site.Muntons awarded Sustainability Initiative of the Year at Bakery Awards

The maltster's biomass heating system, along with the co-generation of electricity, represents Muntons' commitment to sustainability and reducing its environmental footprint by a factor of three.

The judges assessed bakery businesses' innovations and programmes that are supporting the industry to become a more sustainable one. Muntons also impressed the judges by focusing on achievements and gains, rather than the investment required. The panel said: "The speed, determination and commitment in getting the plant operational in the face of multiple obstacles, was very impressive."

Attending the Awards in London on Muntons' behalf were Director of Sustainability, Nigel Davies and Senior Marketing Manager, Andrew Leedham. Strictly Come Dancing judge, Craig Revel - Horwood hosted the event at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

Muntons has been working with Amp Clean Energy and Vital Energi on the project since mid-2020.

You can view Muntons' sustainability report by clicking here.

Wellbeing Buddies Scheme Launched at Muntons

On World Mental Health Day 2021, we introduced team members to the first group of volunteers who've signed up to be our Wellbeing Buddies.

The scheme, which is the first of its kind at Muntons, saw a recruitment drive launched during Mental Health Awareness Week in May. Since then, ten team members have kindly agreed to be available to their colleagues in times of need, for support or simply a chat, and we have given them training.

The Wellbeing Buddies, who represent most areas across Muntons, are available for chats, fitness advice, financial support and can signpost to more formal support such as counselling services via our employee

Muntons' New Wellbeing Buddies

assistance programme.

Our culture and policies at Muntons ensure we treat everybody with the respect they deserve; and by running a scheme like our Wellbeing Buddies, we're opening up opportunities to remind our team members that we care and that we encourage them to speak with confidence and dignity about their mental health.

If you are living with mental health difficulties, or know somebody who is, there are services and organisations available to help. For further information, just click here.

Muntons at 100

Muntons, the Stowmarket based malt and malted ingredient manufacturer, is kicking off a year of celebrations in honour of its 100th year in business.

The maltster plans to mark its anniversary with a series of commemorative events to celebrate the business’ longevity.

Plans include gifts and a family fun day for team members, an Olympic torch inspired event that sees the Muntons flag travelling around the globe with all colleagues signing it, and the planting of a 100-year woodland area, with a tree planted for every team member based at the headquarters site at Stowmarket.

From its origins in Bedford, Munton Baker-Munton established the maltster on 27 September 1921. Breaking away from the family business, which had been trading malt and grains since the 1800s, Baker-Munton aimed to meet the needs for malt extract within the brewing and food industries.

Over the last 100 years, Muntons has embarked on a continuous transformation alongside the ever-evolving food and drinks market. As a key ingredient found in beer, whisky, bread, confectionery, and cakes to name just a few, resiliency, adaptability, innovation, and accomplishment have all been key in Muntons’ journey. This mentality of its team members has allowed the business to support its customers embrace product development through its expertise in all things malt related.

Fast forward 100 years and Muntons is well-established in the malt and malted ingredients industry; supplying products to some of the world’s most loved food and drink brands. Now based in the Suffolk countryside, Muntons has its second maltings in Bridlington, with a peating malt plant in Tithe Top, also in Yorkshire. Internationally, it exports its products to over 90 countries, has offices in Singapore and the Netherlands, a plant in Thailand and a sales operation in the USA.

For over 30 years, Muntons has consistently focused on its sustainability commitments, rising to the challenge of being a responsible global player in the malt industry. More recently, the construction of a bio-energy plant at its Cedars Maltings at Stowmarket has started. The new bio-energy plant, which is being worked on in partnership with AMP Clean Energy, and Vital Energi, is near completion and will reduce carbon emissions by over 50%, allowing the headquarters site to become fully self-sufficient for heat. This is the second bio-energy site that the business has invested in. The first one operated at its Flamborough Maltings in Bridlington in 2019.

Speaking about the anniversary, Managing Director for Muntons, Mark Tyldesley, said: “To be going strong for 100 years is an achievement that all of us at Muntons are incredibly proud of. Supporting customers with the creation of some of the world’s favourite food and drink for a century is an honour and underlines how passionate we are about malt.

“Our team members play a huge role in the strength of our business. We’re fortunate to have some of the best experts in the industry, some of whom have been with us for over 40 years! These colleagues ensure they pass this knowledge down to the next generation of malt specialists.

“It means a great deal to all of us to be a much-trusted maltster both in the UK and abroad, and so I extend my thanks to our loyal customers, suppliers and team members who have made this possible.”

Enjoy our 100 years video!

Sustainability Award for Muntons

Muntons has been presented with the Environmental Leadership Award at the 2021 Food and Drink Federation's awards, for its latest in sustainability innovation, a bio-energy plant at its Cedars Maltings headquarters in Stowmarket!

Sustainability award for Muntons

The ceremony has returned to the Royal Lancaster this month (16 September) for the first time since 2019, to celebrate everything that the food and drink industry has accomplished this year.

The new bio-energy plant, which is being worked on in partnership with Amp Clean Energy, and Vital Energi, is near completion and will reduce Muntons' Stowmarket site's carbon emissions by over 50% and allowing the headquarters site to become fully self-sufficient for heat.

This is in fact the second centre that Muntons, which turns 100 at the end of the month (September), has invested in. The maltster's first bio-energy plant at its Flamborough Maltings in Bridlington started its operation in 2019.

Food critic and journalist, Jay Rayner, presented the ceremony which honoured the industry in areas including sustainability and innovation. The awards also praised individuals for their achievements, such as those who are starting their careers in the Apprentice of the Year to Rising Star accolades.

Dr Nigel Davies, Technical and Sustainability Director for Muntons, said:
“This exciting project shows that by innovative thinking, it is possible to make significant greenhouse gas reductions that are in line with a science based target while using existing technology. It is encouraging that this type of leadership in environmental protection in food manufacturing is recognised at this level by such a prestigious industry body.”

If you'd like to read more about Muntons' ongoing environmental programme, then you can find the latest sustainability report here on our website.

Photo caption:

L-R: The night's celebrity presenter, food critic Jay Rayner, Tony Baker, Muntons Project Engineering Leader, Andy Cooper, UK Sales Manager at Clarke Energy (the category sponsor) and Ian Burrows, Muntons Maintenance Manager and Project Engineer.

Muntons to support sustainable barley trial

HEINEKEN UK is launching an innovative trial to explore how one of the main ingredients of beer, barley, can be grown in a more sustainable way to help reduce CO2 emissions.

The trial is a collaborative effort between HEINEKEN UK, malt supplier Muntons, supply chain consultancy Future Food Solutions and Yorkshire-based barley farmers. In the first year of the pilot, which will begin with the 2021 autumn crop-sowing campaign, 10 farmers will be taking part and around 7,000 acres of winter and spring barley varieties will be grown yielding up to 25,000 tonnes of grain, enough to brew almost 300 million pints of beer.

The ambition is to use the learnings from the pilot to scale the project over the coming years to help contribute to HEINEKEN’s global ambition to reduce emissions from agriculture by 33% by 2030 versus a 2018 baseline, and to achieve a carbon neutral value chain by 2040.

The barley grown as part of the trial will first go to Muntons’ plant at Flamborough, Bridlington, for malting. From there, it will be transported to HEINEKEN’s brewery in Tadcaster where it will be used in the brewing process.

Matt Callan, Supply Chain Director at HEINEKEN, said: “Without barley we can’t make beer. This trial is very much about ensuring we create a sustainable long term supply chain that benefits farmers, the planet and biodiversity. Agriculture is the second biggest contributor of our carbon footprint and with our new ambition to hit carbon neutrality through our entire value chain by 2040, tackling this part of our footprint is key. This is the reason we have partnered with Future Food Solutions and Muntons. They help farmers to integrate a range of innovative ideas into their processes to reduce carbon emissions and improve soil health; exactly the things we need to make our barley more sustainable.”

Rachel Scholes of JS Scholes Farmers Sledmere, said: “We’re delighted to be taking part in this HEINEKEN initiative to trial low carbon farming. As a farming enterprise that has taken sustainability very seriously for some time now, it is fantastic to see leadership on this issue from big brands looking to bridge that gap between producer and consumer. With the trial covering a huge amount of acreage, it has the potential to generate some really positive outcomes for the environment and demonstrate farming’s vital role in mitigating climate change.”

Steven Cann, Director of Future Food Solutions, said: “Farmers benefit from improved soil health and lower farm input costs. Spring barley, which is what most brewers prefer, is prone to drought, but increasing soil organic matter means the land retains far more water, so the farmers get greater resilience built into their crops. This equates to better crops and better margins. HEINEKEN benefits from a more sustainable, more resilient supply chain that will help the business meet its carbon neutrality targets and the consumer enjoys a tasty, refreshing beer in the knowledge that it has had a significantly reduced impact on the environment. It is a win for everyone.”

Dr Nigel Davies, Director of Technical and Sustainability at Muntons, said: “As a business that started its sustainability journey all the way back in 2000, it is an exciting project for us to be involved in. We work closely with Future Food Solutions to help farmers cut their carbon emissions and this has helped us to reduce the carbon footprint of our barley supply chain by 32% in the past 12 years. As a result, the malt we make is certified 100% sustainable by the Farm Sustainability Assessment standard.”

The pilot will focus on a number of sustainable farming techniques including inter-row cropping, growing cover crop mixes including varieties such as phacelia, oil radish and clovers, using less invasive measures to prepare the land and optimising crop nitrogen use. Outcomes will be measured in terms of the amount of CO2 sequestered by the soil and the reduction in the amount of nitrogen needed to be added to the crop to produce healthy yields. This trial is part of a HEINEKEN global programme: the 2040 Low carbon farming programme, which has been launched in 10 countries, with the aims of reducing carbon emissions and capturing CO2 in the soil.

You can learn more about Muntons' sustainability efforts here.

The First Deliveries Of 2021's Harvest Have Arrived!

Monday 2 August marked the day we received the first harvest delivery day of the year at Stowmarket. A day which is important for us, our farmers and customers alike.

Peter Paddy writing the date of the first delivery taken of 2021's harvest

As is the tradition since 1978, we have written the date down on a girder inside our intake building to celebrate the first crop deliveries of the year. This year, we have handed the marker pen over to Peter Paddy, Intake Supervisor, who has seen 19 harvests with us. Thanks, Peter!

Fun fact: The last time we had a new crop delivery in August, occurred 20 years ago to the date - 2 August 2001!

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Muntons Flagship Homebrew Kits Launched



Muntons, one of the country’s oldest suppliers of brewing and distilling malts and malted ingredients, has launched a new range of homebrew kits.

The new Muntons Flagship range focuses on craft beer enthusiasts, offering contemporary beer more typically seen in the craft brewing sector with beer styles including Hazy IPA 5% ABV, Milk Stout 4% ABV and West Coast IPA at 7% ABV. Muntons’ New Product Development teams worked with a group of 25 homebrewers, from those who are new to the hobby, through to experienced home beer maker.

Made with Muntons’ finest quality malt extract, the new Flagship kits come packed with hops and adjuncts, including amazing flavour premium hop pellets for dry-hopping and a hop straining bag. New to Muntons Flagship, is a step-by-step instruction guide tailored to the kit style, which allows the homebrewer to have the best experience in crafting 35 pints.

The maltster, which is based in Stowmarket and has sites in Bridlington, the USA and Thailand, is celebrating its centenary this year, and 2021 also marks 40 years since it first started homebrew manufacturing at Stowmarket.

Andrew Leedham, Senior Marketing Manager for Muntons Homebrew, said: “We’re delighted to bring our customers this excitingImage showing Muntons' five new Flagship Homebrew Kits new range of quality homebrew products made with the finest British barley.

“We know from the market feedback and the demand we saw over the last 18 months, that homebrewing is thriving as a popular hobby. We’re seeing a new generation of beer makers coming through and enjoying the experience, which makes it a really exciting time to be launching our Muntons Flagship range, designed to celebrate the craft.”

Muntons is wildly known as an industry leader in sustainability. In keeping with its green ethos, the malt used in the Muntons Flagship kits is grown locally to the maltings in Suffolk and Yorkshire and is 100% sustainable. The packaging has been specifically chosen because of the sustainability credentials, with 90% of it being recyclable.

The Muntons Flagship range is available in UK homebrew retailers now. We invite retailers that wish to stock the range to get in touch by emailing hello@muntons.com

Muntons Launches Alcohol Free Malt Extract

Muntons Premium Alcohol Free Malt ExtractMuntons, one of the country’s leading suppliers of brewing and distilling malts and malted ingredients, has officially launched its new Premium Alcohol Free Malt Extract.

Originally revealed at this year’s SIBA BeerX Online, the alcohol-free liquid extract is now available to commercial brewers both in the UK and abroad.

The maltster, which is based in Stowmarket and has sites in Bridlington, the USA and Thailand, has been developing the malt extract for two years, with the mindset of creating great tasting alcohol-free beer that is more accessible to all brewers. Versatile and easy to use, it designed the extract to give body, mouthfeel, and taste. Muntons’ latest innovation allows the brewer to include alcohol-free options in their range without the need to invest in expensive equipment.

Made by Muntons’ signature process of combining the heating and modifying of the wort sugars, it replicated the typical characteristics of beer. This then creates a malt extract with low sweetness and a mild fermentation aroma, which is an ideal versatile base that brewers can use to build on and create an alcohol-free version of their trademark brewing styles, ranging from hop forward IPAs to a hearty stout.

Vanessa Makings, Marketing Manager at Muntons, said: “With a quarter of adults saying they’re semi-regular drinkers of no or low alcohol,[1] we know that alcohol free is no longer a niche market. Consumers expect more choices and therefore we want to remove barriers for breweries that want to add alcohol free to their range.

"Muntons Premium Alcohol Free Malt Extract makes the brewing of low or no alcohol beers simple and fuss-free. We’re delighted to bring our product to fruition.”

Famous for being one of the greenest maltsters in the country, Muntons’ Premium Alcohol Free Malt Extract is made from 100% sustainable malt, sourced from farms local to the maltings in Suffolk and Bridlington.

To find out more or request a sample of Muntons Premium Alcohol Free Malt Extract, click here or email hello@muntons.com

[1] https://www.portmangroup.org.uk/65504-2/

Learning at Work Week 2021 - Kickstart Scheme at Muntons

New Team Members Join Muntons Thanks to Government Kickstart Scheme The Kickstart Scheme

Muntons, one of the country’s leading suppliers of brewing and distilling malts and malted ingredients, has joined Kickstart Scheme Logo forces with the Department for Work and Pensions, as a Kickstart Scheme Employer.

The scheme supports 16 to 24-year-olds who've been in long-term unemployment and are ordinarily reliant on Universal Credit, gain valuable work experience. Working 25 hours a week, they receive skills training while earning at least the National Minimum Wage for their age group.

Muntons' cohort of five new team members joined its Flamborough Maltings in Bridlington in May. Joining the 100-year business are: Jonathan Cocking, Production Cleaner; Jack Hewitson Engineering Storeman; Robbie McLoone, COVID Security Operator; Conar Miles, Production Cleaner; and Jamie Milner, COVID Security Operator.

Kickstart Scheme EmployeeJack Hewitson, 19

Jack had been unemployed since he graduated from the Scarborough University Technical College in 2020, with qualifications in manufacturing engineering. Working with his Job Centre Plus Work Coach, they introduced him to the vacancies that Muntons offered. “I was excited when I saw the roles and I actually applied for one of the other positions. However, Muntons gave me some positive feedback and offered me the Engineering Storeman role. Which, thinking about it, is better suited to my qualifications and career plans.

“I was nervous on my first day Muntons, but everybody has made me feel comfortable and part of the team. They’re all helping me get a better understanding of the business and the malt industry. I’m making some wonderful friendships, being well looked after and feeling part of the team."

“I’d definitely recommend the Kickstart Scheme to those who are in the position I was in. I'm so excited each day to clock onto my shift and learn new skills. It’s brilliant working for an international company right on our doorstep in Bridlington.”

Kickstart Scheme Employee at MuntonsJamie Milner, 24

Jamie's a COVID Security Operator and was unemployed for a year. “This last year was tough, and it’s hard to find a job when you haven’t got the hands-on experience or there are more people searching for jobs than there are the vacancies.

"Working in an office doesn’t appeal to me; the role excited me because I like the idea of a physical job in a factory and being more hands-on.

“Everybody I talk to here has been incredibly supportive and even though I’ve only been here a few weeks, I feel like I’m settling in well. I’m enjoying myself and glad to be working again.”

Jamie continues: “Each week, we get together and take part in the employability course, which sets a good foundation for the next step of the scheme of job hunting. We don’t like to think about it because we’re enjoying our time here, but everybody needs to understand how to use LinkedIn, keep our CVs updated and get used to the experience of applying for new roles. It’s a great help.”

Kickstart Scheme Employee at MuntonsConar Miles, 19

Also introduced to the Kickstart Scheme by his Job Centre Plus Work Coach, was Conar, who'd been out of work for a year following an injury. Having completed his plumbing and motor vehicle qualifications at college, he was keen to use some of those transferable skills at Muntons and joined as a COVID Security Operator. “I’m excited to come to the site; it doesn’t feel like I’m at work because I’m enjoying myself. Everybody’s great to work with and so supportive.

“On Fridays, we are learning skills for life. Things like how to behave in the workplace, keep our CVs updated and how to handle interviews may sound basic, but when you haven’t got the experience, it’s a great help to be guided through these things.

“I’d love to stay at Muntons once the programme ends. It has a great reputation of being a place you can work for life, and it’s great I’ve got this opportunity to show what I’m capable of.”

Conar says he’d recommend the Kickstart Scheme to those who are in a similar position as he was: “Having been out of work for so long, the Scheme is a great way to ease people like me back into work after so long. It’s not an overwhelming number of hours to work and I’m building my confidence up. In a few months, I know I’m going to be ready to progress to full time and permanent employment.”

Why Muntons Signed Up to the Kickstart Scheme

Ed Woodmansey, Compliance Operations Manager at the Muntons Flamborough Maltings in Bridlington, heads up the Kickstart Scheme.

“The job market has always been extremely competitive. With so many people facing job losses because of COVID-19 pressures, it’s harder than ever. It’s especially tough right now for young people and we’re keen to help where we can. We're always keen for the younger generation to join our industry and so we're pleased to encourage that. We hope the experience and teachings our new recruits receive will help them build their careers in these most challenging of times.”

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