Pictured: Peter Nallen and Minister Doyle
Boortmalt, one of the largest malt manufacturers in the world, and a subsidiary of Axereal (one of the largest cooperatives in France), has today announced that its planned expansion of The Maltings in Athy, Co. Kildare, has commenced with the expansion expected to be completed in 2020.
Since 1847, the Maltings has been operating in Athy providing employment for generations of the local community. Boortmalt’s expansion of the site in Athy is greatly welcomed for the economy of the town, surrounding area and the sector in general.
The expansion will sustain, for future generations, the malt barley growing industry in Ireland. This will also have a direct and indirect positive impact on the local economy.
Speaking about the expansion, Group Operations Officer at Boortmalt, Peter Nallen, said: “We are delighted to confirm the expansion at Boortmalt is now underway. Our ambition at Boortmalt, in conjunction with Teagasc, is to make malting barley the number one most profitable cereal in Ireland, and this development at The Maltings in Athy will support malting barley growers for future generations to produce fully traceable Irish grain to the highest standards for all our distilling and brewing customers in Ireland.”
“We have proudly created a fully integrated world class (SAI accredited) supply chain for the production of local Irish malting barley, producing Irish malt and supplying Irish breweries and distilleries.
We look forward to the expansion and with the ongoing support of our Irish customers we intend to continue to support Irish farming and in particular our malting barley growers in Ireland,” he added.