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18th September 2020

Simpsons Malt plans expansion after Speyside land purchase

Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK; September 17, 2020: Simpsons Malt, the fifth-generation, family-owned malting company, has entered into an agreement to acquire 40 acres of land in Speyside, Scotland, where it intends to build a state-of-the-art maltings with malting barley storage facilities, subject to planning and due diligence.

The land is situated near the town of Rothes, ten miles south of Elgin, in a region that is world-famous for its Scotch whisky distilleries – many of whom use the company’s malts in their whiskies.

The construction of a new maltings near Rothes would expand the largest independent UK maltster’s number of sites in the country to three, with its other maltings in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland – where the company’s headquarters is located – and Tivetshall St Margaret, Norfolk.

Speaking about the agreement, Simpsons Malt Managing Director Tim McCreath said: “I am delighted to announce that we have entered into this agreement, which aligns with the company’s long-term strategic objectives.

“Having a maltings and malting barley storage facility in Speyside is something we have given serious thought to for a number of years and, subject to planning and due diligence, we will begin construction when the time is right and demand is there from our customers.”


Notes to Editor

Founded in 1862, Simpsons Malt is an independent, fifth-generation family-owned business.

The company’s passion is a focus on making malts with taste, flavour and consistently high quality with the world’s best brewers and distillers in mind, helping them to craft the finest beers and whiskies.

From grain to glass, the company’s malts are certified and fully traceable, produced only from 100%, certified seeds of the finest UK two-row barley that have been procured by the company’s agricultural trading division, McCreath Simpson & Prentice (MSP), which has farming partners across England and Scotland.

After more than 155 years in business, Simpsons Malt continues to invest in state-of-the-art equipment at its two maltings in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland and Tivetshall St Margaret, Norfolk. This constant innovation and drive to improve processes ensures the consistent production of malts with character.


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