Trouble brewing: Volatile barley prices have damaged revenue, despite rising demand

Maltsters conduct the controlled germination and kilning of cereal grains to turn them into an ingredient for distilling and brewing purposes or for making foodstuffs and other beverages. Brewing and distilling are still important industries for the UK economy and, as a result, the UK Malt Manufacturing industry is one of the largest of its kind globally. Most of the malt produced in the United Kingdom is developed from malting barley, a higher quality of crop than the animal feed barley, and is sourced from domestic farmers that are largely located on the eastern side of the United Kingdom.An estimated 82.4% of industry revenue is derived from brewing and distilling industries and demand for malt is contingent on the success of these downstream more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Subdued demand for brewing malt and volatile barley prices have caused revenue to fall
  • The craft beer revolution has provided much-needed opportunities for UK maltsters in recent years
  • Strong export demand is expected to be supported by the weak value of the pound
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    The distribution of malt manufacturers follows the spread of barley growing, according to the Maltsters' Association of Great Britain. The best soil and weather conditions for growing barley are mostly in the east of the United Kingdom, meaning malt production is concentrated in the East of England and eastern Scotland. Since most of the industry's products are used either to brew beer or produce whisky, the spread of these industries has also had an influence on the location of malting firms.ScotlandScotland accounts for 42.9% of industry establishments. All the major UK maltsters, apart from Muntons, have at least one establishment in Scotland, where malting has historically been vital for whisky production. By ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Malt Manufacturing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Malt Manufacturing Industry are

  • Ability to pass on cost increases
  • Availability of resource
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from spirit production and Demand from beer production in the Malt Manufacturing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Malt Manufacturing Industry?

    This industry covers operators that malt grains to produce a range of malt-based products. Much of the malt they make is used in whisky distilling and beer brewing, but malt products are also used in confectionery, bread, vinegar and non-alcoholic beverages.

    Industry Products
  • Malt from English spring barley
  • Malt from English winter barley
  • Malt from Scottish spring barley
  • Malt from Scottish winter barley
  • Other malt
  • Industry Activities
  • Manufacturing malt
  • Manufacturing malt extract and other malt-based products
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from spirit production
  • Demand from beer production
  • Alcohol consumption per capita
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Health consciousness
  • Level of annual rainfall

  • Current Performance
  • Growing demand
  • Brewers and craft beer
  • Barley harvest
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Crafting opportunities
  • New barley varieties
  • Table: Malt Manufacturing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Malt Manufacturing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Bread & Bakery Goods Production
  • Chocolate & Confectionery Production
  • Spirit Production
  • Beer Production

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Cereals, Leguminous Crops & Oilseed Growing

  • Products & Services
  • Malt from English spring barley
  • Malt from Scottish spring barley
  • Malt from English winter barley
  • Malt from Scottish winter barley
  • Other malt
  • Chart: Malt Manufacturing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Spirits producers
  • Beer producers
  • International customers
  • Food and non-alcoholic drink producers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Malt Manufacturing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesUtilitiesDistributionDepreciationOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Malt Manufacturing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Malt Manufacturing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Pauls Malt Ltd, Bairds Malt Ltd, Anglia Maltings (Holdings) Limited, Muntons plc, Simpsons Malt Ltd,
  • Table: Pauls Malt Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Bairds Malt Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Anglia Maltings (Holdings) Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Muntons plc - financial performance
  • Table: Simpsons Malt Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Malt Manufacturing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Malt Manufacturing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Exports (2009-2023)
  • Imports (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Used to make malt for use in the production of spirits.
  • Germination
  • To begin the growth of a plant from a seed.
  • Malting
  • The process of allowing grain to start germinating and then drying it out to produce malt.
  • Saladin Box
  • A large instrument used for malting barley, consisting of a large rectangular container about 50 meters in length that can produce large amounts of malt in one batch.
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