Muntons Malt Extract Output at Record Levels

Dec 01, 2010, 16:40 ET from Muntons PLC

SEATTLE, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Muntons PLC, maltsters and malted ingredients manufacturers based in Stowmarket Suffolk, United Kingdom, with a North American office in Seattle, Washington has announced record levels of malt extract manufacture from their Stowmarket plant. Investments have increased their capacity by over 3,000 tons.

The sustained increase in production of liquid malt extract is essential for Muntons to meet the unprecedented demand for their products, and at the current rate of production they expect to be in a position to satisfy all of the anticipated additional orders.

Interest in malted ingredients has escalated over recent years as the benefits of these ingredients are becoming recognized within the food, baking and beverage industries. These include; natural sweetening, flavor enhancement, improved keeping quality, enhanced mouth-feel and increased color intensity. And of course at higher percentage inclusion rates malted ingredients also add that wonderful malty taste.

Over the last few years Muntons have invested heavily in key areas; in liquid extract packing, where 95,000 pounds Sterling ($150,556) was spent on a semi automated packing line in a purpose built packing room and in the homebrew canning area where a further 115,000 pounds Sterling ($182,252) was invested in line improvements and wine kit filling.

Investments have contributed greatly to increases in output at the Muntons extract plant, but also a concerted effort of process optimization involving production and engineering staff through carefully targeted and implemented Lean programs have added to this achievement.

Muntons have just been placed 20th in the prestigious Sunday Times Best Green Company's competition and were the highest ranking food manufacturer.

About Muntons

Muntons has been producing high quality malt and malted ingredients for more than 80 years. During this time, the company has grown to become a major supplier of malts, malt extracts, homebrew kits, flours and flakes to the food and drinks industry. Based in Suffolk, UK, Muntons is organized into two operating divisions: Muntons Malt, which services the brewing and distilling industries worldwide, and Muntons Malted Ingredients, which focuses on food industries and non-alcoholic beverages.