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23 February, 2006 - 10:08 By Staff Reporter

Suffolk maltster supplies Japanese brewers

Greencore Malt based in Bury St Edmunds, has won an award of £20,000 for the development of a project to export malt to Japanese brewers. Greencore Malt based in Bury St Edmunds, has won an award of £20,000 for the development of a project to export malt to Japanese brewers.

Organised twice a year by the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA), the awards offer support towards the development of innovative food and industrial products using UK grain.

Greencore Malt is set to increase grain usage by 4,500 tonnes over the next two years with this project.

The HGCA Enterprise Award will help to support Greencore Malt to become more involved in the ‘Collaborative Contract Farming System,’ an initiative set up by Japanese brewer Sapporo to ensure product traceability in their beer.

This follows research among Japanese consumers that identified the need for traceability in the supply chain, following a number of food health scares in Japan.

Greencore and Sapporo are working with UK grain co-operative Camgrain as part of this initiative.

Adrian Dyter, export manager for Greencore Malt said: “The funding from the Enterprise Awards will help us to significantly increase exports to Japan, which is currently the world’s largest importer of malt. We will achieve this by providing quality product and assured traceability to the Japanese brewing industry.”

As the UK’s largest maltster, and the sixth largest globally, Greencore Malt has the capacity to produce 540,000 tonnes of malt each year and serves clients in 61 countries.

Julian Gibbons from HGCA said: “With the help of this grant, I am sure that Greencore Malt will successfully exploit the growing need for UK barley supplies in Asia and will continue to develop this valuable market for maltsters and barley growers from Britain.”

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