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New Malt House Opens in Montana
January 22, 2020
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A new malt house opened in Montana that will support the beer brewing industry. Image courtesy of Pixabay
A new facility capable of producing 10,000 tn/yr of malt was opened this month in Butte, MT by Montana Craft Malt, Montana Department of Commerce announced in a January 16 release. Malt will be produced at the site from Montana grown barley for use by craft beer manufacturers in the U.S. and beyond.
“It’s no secret that Montana’s craft beer industry is thriving, and the state’s growers continue to produce some of the highest quality grain in the world,” Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said in a statement. “The Montana Craft Malt facility will capitalize on both strengths to help the state’s breweries deliver products that are made in Montana from seed to pint glass and elevate Montana grown products to an international level.”
Butte-based businessman Ron Ueland initiated the project after being inspired by a market analysis report published in 2014 by the Montana Department of Commerce Research and Information Services Bureau, according to the bureau. The state supported the effort with grants and technical assistance.
Some of the malt produced at the site could be exported to Mexico, the largest importer of American malt. Gov. Bullock signed an agreement to further collaboration between Montana’s barley growers and the Mexican Craft Brewers Association last January.
Work on the 30,000-sq-ft malt house started in 2018 in the Montana Connections Business Development Park.
American agribusiness Cargill sold its malt business to a subsidiary of French grain cooperative Axereal, last November. Under the terms of the deal, Antwerp, Belgium-based Boortmalt will take on 16 malt houses in nine countries and about 600 workers from Cargill. The assets have a combined production capacity of 1.7 million tn, which increases Boortmalt’s total capacity to 3 million tn.
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