HOW WE CAME TO BE
We’ve been serving as a network of multinational maltsters since the early 90s. But in truth, our experience goes back hundreds of years. With a family of brands – both large and small, international and local – that spans countries as well as centuries.
Giving us the scale and diversity to continue to bring world famous flavour, colour and aroma to every single drop of our customers’ brilliant products.
Brothers Frank and Hugh Baird establish the Great Canal Brewery, beginning their journey with a vision to provide high quality beers to the growing Glasgow, Scotland population.
Bairds brothers set up their malting business to supply brewers, which today is known as Bairds Malt.
Three malting companies in Ontario, Canada merge to form Canada Malting Company.
Founders of Barrett Bros. and Burston and Co. merge to create Barrett Burston Malting, heralding a new era in malt production in Australia.
Four local brewers in Vancouver, WA join and together form Great Western Malting.
Canada Malting Co. purchases Great Western Malting.
Canada Malting Co. purchases Bairds Malting, growing their global malting capacity.
David Cryer starts Cryer Malt in New Zealand, bringing European malts to Australasia brewers and distillers.
ConAgra Foods and Tiger Brands acquire Canada Malting Co. and bring Barrett Burston into the malt group.
Bryan Bechard founds North Country Malt (predecessor to Country Malt Group) in his garage, beginning what will be our North American distribution business.
While part of ConAgra Foods and Tiger Brands, Bairds Malt buys Moray Firth Malting in the United Kingdom.
Private equity firms Castle Harlan and CHAMP buy the malt group from ConAgra and form United Malt Holdings (UMH).
UMH purchases North Country Malt and creates Country Malt Group.
GrainCorp purchases United Malt Holdings.
GrainCorp buys Schill Malt, a malt manufacturer in Germany.
Bairds establishes Brewers Select in the United Kingdom, growing their portfolio to distribute directly to craft customers.
Barrett Burston purchases Cryer Malt, creating a partnership that strengthens their ability to service Asia Pacific with quality malts.
GrainCorp sells Schill Malt.
United Malt Group demerges from GrainCorp to become one of the world’s largest producers and distributors of malt.
Bairds, as part of United Malt Group, sells Brewers Select.
THE VALUES THAT UNITE US
These four values define what we stand for and how we work together – regardless of what country we live in, the brands we work for or the role we play. They influence what we do every day and unite us in making the world of malt a safer, better, fuller flavoured one.
The safety of our people is paramount.
Safety is part of our way of life and requires the commitment of everyone throughout the organisation.
Safety extends to the health and wellbeing of ourselves and everyone around us and to the environment in which we operate. It is part of everything that we do as well as the way that we do it.
It is our way of coming together as a community.
We are proud of our industry, our business and our people.
We are proud to be part of a wider community and are positive stewards in the way we work.
We bring a spirit of innovation and continuous improvement to everything that we do.
We provide outstanding ingredients and unsurpassed service that, together, deliver premium value to our customers.
At every step in the process and in all our roles, we come together as a team to make sure that we always provide the best.
We believe that nothing is more important than our reputation, and behaving with the highest levels of integrity is fundamental to who we are.
We are honest, open, ethical and fair at all times.
CREATING INGREDIENTS THAT BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER
YOUR PARTNERS IN CRAFT
Take a sip of beer. Whisky if you fancy. Notice that? It’s the malt that makes the difference. Flavour, colour, aroma – everything. You can’t make the drink without it. So make it with the world’s best.
At United Malt, we source our product from the finest barley-growing regions in the world. Think Scottish Highlands. Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains. The vast, fertile prairies of Canada. The golden fields of Goondiwindi on the New South Wales and Queensland border. And so many more. It means our malt brings world famous flavour, colour and aroma to every single drop of our customers’ brilliant products.
And that’s only half the story. Yes, we’re still a young company, but the international maltsters who make up our united family have centuries of experience — Bairds, Barrett Burston, Canada Malting and Great Western Malting, just to name a few. All with their unique recipes and timeless malting traditions that we celebrate and use to this day.
It’s what fuels our international reputation of quality and craft. And it’s why we do more than just simply trade malt.
Our collective heritage means we’re intensely proud of our industry, farmers, brewers and distillers. Committed to partnering with the creators, innovators and experimenters. And excited about making the world of malt a more interesting, full flavoured one — for our customers and our staff.
We’re passionately protecting our earth’s resources while we do it, with sustainable practices at every touch point and empowering our farmers and local communities to play their part too.
That’s quite a lot for a maltster, isn’t it? But it’s what we live for.
Making malt matter, by being partners in craft.
Tony Dal Ponte
We source our malt from the finest barley-growing regions in the world and partner with other craft ingredient suppliers who align with our values to offer quality brewing and distilling products.
It’s why today you’ll find our malting plants and distribution centres across Canada, the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Increasingly, you’ll find us in Asia too. Partnering with suppliers in the region to bring the exceptional character of our malt to even more exciting products.
Global HQ: Vancouver, WA
Canada Malting Co. and Great Western Malting: CMC and GWM have a malting capacity of approximately 760kt across five locations in Canada and the U.S, with nine country grain elevators in Canada.
Country Malt Group: CMG has 13 distribution centres across Canada and the U.S.
Bairds Malt: Across three plants in Scotland and one in England, Bairds has a malting capacity of approximately 250kt.
Australia & New Zealand
Registered Office: Sydney, NSW Australia
Barrett Burston Malting: Across three locations in Australia, BBM has a malting capacity of approximately 250kt.
Cryer Malt: Cryer operates five distribution centres across Australia and New Zealand.
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