Everyone knows that Antwerp is the capital of diamonds, few of you know that it is also the world capital of malt.
Our headquarters are located in the port of Antwerp, Belgium, on the same site as our European building, our main laboratory, our Global Innovation Center, and the largest Boortmalt Malting Plant.
This proximity to the production process allows us to maintain contact with our business reality.
A strategic location in Ethiopia
Over the past 6 years, Boortmalt has cultivated a presence in Ethiopia to support local growers and conduct barley variety trials while deepening our knowledge of growing local barley.
In 2018 we started the construction of our first malting plant in Africa and today, our malting plant in Ethiopia is fully operational. Located in the Debre Berhan industrial park, the malting facility will offer a capacity of 60,000 tonnes, supplied by local farmers.
A great step forward in the history of Boortmalt and the beginning of a new history in Africa.
Boortmalt operates in Australia as Joe White Malting, one of the oldest maltsters in the world, originating from 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 locally but also the export markets in Asia and South America.
The historic heart of Boortmalt
The name Boortmalt was given to a small malt house located in Boortmeerbeek, a town in Belgium.
After several decades of developments and merges, Boortmalt has become a strong network of plants working together by using the European logistics infrastructures.
Europe is one of our main regions in terms of plants as well as business with 15 plants, 4 in UK, 3 in Belgium, 2 in France and 1 in Ireland, Croatia, Hungary, Spain, The Netherlands and Germany.
With our presence in the Port of Antwerp, a worldwide malt hub, we are able to deliver to our customers in Europe and all over the world.
A very dynamic market
In Latin America, Boortmalt has two malting plants strategically located in Argentina, where 75% of the barley grows to supply the entire beer industry in the region.
Punta Alvear, one of the biggest Boortmalt Malthouses, is located in the central region while Bahia Blanca is located in the south of Buenos Aires province, the main productive area of sustainable barley in Argentina. Both plants have direct access to the port.
In the region, Boortmalt also has an office in Buenos Aires and an Innovation Center in Punta Alvear, open to the entire value chain from barley to beer.
USA & Canada
With regional headquarters in Minneapolis, the North American region is comprised of 2 malting plants and a laboratory.
Biggar, in Canada, is one of the largest in Boortmalt Malthouse. It is the heritage of the famous Canadian malt Prairie Malt. The plant started in September 1977. We started with a capacity of 55,000 tons and have grown to more than 220,000. Located in the heart of the barley growing region in central Canada, our team works closely with the Saskatchewan community.
In the United States, the plant started in 1856 before Lincoln was president of the United States. After 100 years of development, following the growth of the beer market, the plant was stopped for a few years. The plant will reopen to support the US artisan market with small batch capacities.
The region supplied our customers in the US and Canada, but also in Asia and South America.