BOORTMALT NV, which operates in Australia as Joe White Malting, has announced it plans to reopen its malting facility at Cavan in South Australia from the middle of this year.
The Cavan malting plant was one of seven malthouses acquired in November 2019 and is now part of Boortmalt Asia Pacific, headquartered in Melbourne.
The plant infrastructure and control systems will be extensively upgraded with a focus on quality improvements, sustainability initiatives and efficient production.
The reopening will support the growing demand for brewing and distilling malts in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
Boortmalt Group chief executive officer, Yvan Schaepman, said the reopening of Cavan malthouse was a priority after the integration that would allow the company to rapidly expand production capacities in Australia to supply export markets in Asia and South America.
“The Cavan Malthouse will provide an additional annual capacity of 77,000 tonnes of malt to support the company’s existing malting operations in Port Adelaide and provide opportunities for an additional 10 employees,” he said.
Boortmalt Asia-Pacific regional managing director, Ian Maccan, said thanks to the proximity of the malting plant in Port Adelaide, production could restart quickly by delegating supply chain, cleaning and storage to the existing infrastructure.
“Before the end of the year, we plan to rehabilitate the storage silos and cleaning plants. In January 2022, the malt house will be fully operational with the capability to produce, store and pack malt ready for direct supply to our business partners,” he said.
Positive for SA growers
Boortmalt, the world’s largest malting company and one of the oldest, originated in Ballarat, Victoria. It has operated its malting business in Australia since 1858.
Today, with six operating plants across five states, Boortmalt is ideally positioned to access Australia’s premium barley growing areas, ensuring the delivery of high-quality malt to our brewing and distilling customers.
As part of Boortmalt’s global sustainability goals, the reopening of the Cavan plant will positively contribute to reducing the group’s carbon footprint by reducing logistics emissions due to shorter distances in transporting barley and malt to end users.
Furthermore, the reopening of Cavan is also a positive announcement for SA growers, particularly for local malting barley production. Boortmalt, in addition to buying SA barley, will work directly with farmer groups to collaborate in regenerative farming programs in the region to assure sustainable barley supply to its maltings in Cavan and Port Adelaide.