A jury consisting of members of the global brewing supply chain named Coopers and The Swaen in the Netherlands as the Maltsters of the Year 2019 at the World Barley, Malt and Beer Conference held at the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw.
The joint winners took the title ahead of other short-listed malting plants in Germany, Vietnam and India.
Coopers opened its 54,000-tonne capacity maltings in November 2017 alongside its Regency Park brewery.
Of the almost 50,000-tonnes of malt produced at the site this year, it will use about 16,000 tonnes for its own beer and 21,000 tonnes will be exported to Asia. Domestic craft brewers and distillers are predicted to use about 5500 tonnes – more than 10 per cent of annual production.
Asian customers include Thai Beverage, which uses Coopers’ pilsner-style malt to brew its Chang beer, Carlsberg in Vietnam and South Korea’s Hite Brewery.
Coopers sold its previous malting plant to Ausbulk in 2002 to help reduce debt from building its Regency Park brewery.
The prestigious Global Brewing Supply Awards are conducted every two years to recognise the brewing world’s business innovation and technology leaders.
Coopers’ Maltings manager Dr Doug Stewart, who accepted the award, said it was a remarkable result, given that Coopers’ maltings has been in operation for only just over a year.
“The plant includes some unique in-house designed features which have allowed us to reduce steeping times, water usage and kiln-gas during the malting process,” he said.
“We also are flexible enough to be able to produce special single-origin malts for the craft beer and distilling sectors. These have included malt from Westminster barley grown on Kangaroo Island, Schooner barley from the Murray Mallee and Commander barley from the Barossa Valley.
“This unique range of malts forms part of the attractiveness of our offering to the craft brewing sector.”
Leading Swiss manufacturer Buhler supplied the malting equipment for the $65 million project, with local company Ahrens responsible for the construction.
The Swaen was founded in 1906 and now exports malt across the world.
This article was first published on The Lead.
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