The origins of Malteurop
En 1960, la coopérative Providence Agricole décide d’investir dans la transformation locale en construisant une malterie afin de valoriser ses productions d’orges. Cette coopérative, qui deviendra en 1982 Champagne Céréales, puis VIVESCIA – lien – (actionnaire majoritaire de Malteurop) en 2012, lance alors la construction de la première malterie rémoise, à Port Colbert. Celle-ci est inaugurée en 1961.
The birth of Malteurop
The Group's international expansion in the 1990s
In 1991, Malteurop conducted its first foreign investment, acquiring a stake in Intermalta in San Adrian, Spain, which also had a plant in Portugal. The following year, Malteurop built two more malt houses – in Rostock and Langerringen, Germany – and pursued its international growth with the construction of a new malt house in Baoding, in China's Heibei province.
The Spanish consolidation of the 2000s
At the start of the 2000s, Malteurop consolidated its position in Spain with the acquisition of its Albacete plant. At the same time, the group extended its San Adrian plant, increasing its capacity to 150,000 tonnes.
In 2008, Malteurop built a new plant in Seville.
Development in Eastern Europe
Malteurop soon opened two plants in Chernigov and Kharkov, Ukraine. In 2006, Malteurop established itself in Poland through the acquisition of a site in Gdansk from the German group Weissheimer, and continued to develop in Germany with the acquisition of a site in Heidenau from the same company. In 2008, Malteurop started operations in Russia, thanks to the acquisition of Belgorsolod, a company that ran a malt house in one of the country's largest barley-growing regions, near the Ukrainian border.
2008: Malteurop establishes itself in the USA
In 2008, Malteurop became the world's largest malt producer thanks to the acquisition of North America's leading maltster, ADM Malting, with its annual capacity of 740,000 tonnes. This acquisition meant that Malteurop had operations in the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Diversification in Italy
With the acquisition of the Italian company, Diamalteria (Darfo, Lombardy), Malteurop diversified into the production of malt extracts for the food industry. This acquisition gave the Group a position on the buoyant malt-based ingredients market.
Building for the future
In 2018, Malteurop extended its Australian malt house in Geelong, and more recently, in 2019, the Albacete plant in Spain. The company is pursuing its international growth strategy with the announcement in 2019 of the construction of a new plant in Mexico, which will be commissioned in 2021.
In 2019, Malteurop launched a range of malt in bags to meet growing demand from craft brewers, with an organic line set to be launched in 2020. In parallel, Malteurop has redefined its brand identity, returning to the company's cooperative farming roots, now positioning itself as a farmer-maltster working alongside brewers, distilleries, and the food industry.