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Creativity: “the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.” Creativity is at the very core of the craft industries, so how can we, as Maltsters, inspire creativity? How can we encourage you to turn new and imaginative ideas into reality? What can we do as a supplier to help? The reason we […]

Crop 2017 September Update by Bob King

Introduction Harvesting of winter barley in the south and east of England started in the last few days of June; the earliest start since 1976, with many growers starting more than 2 weeks earlier than usual. The early harvest resulted from a combination of the spring drought and a period of high temperatures and above […]

Crop 2017 May Update by Bob King

Introduction With the completion of spring barley planting in Europe, attention is now focussed on the potential production from the coming harvest with traders trying to establish supply and demand numbers, through a combination of planted areas, forecast yields (difficult given the current weather conditions), carryover stocks from 2016 crop and forecast demand from the […]

Crop 2017 January Update By Bob King

  Introduction As we enter 2017, the malting industry’s attention is beginning to focus on crop 2017, with growers finalising their spring planting intentions. Against a background of what was potentially a very large EU 2016 spring barley crop, the crop will probably only outturn sufficient malting barley to meet domestic EU demand (due to […]

Crop 2016 September Update By Bob King

Introduction: Since our last update on 15th August the mainly fine dry weather throughout the UK has allowed harvest to progress virtually uninterrupted. Spring barley harvesting in England is now virtually complete whilst in Scotland there is probably another 2 weeks of harvesting to be done reflecting the delayed planting of much of the crop. […]

Crop 2016 August Update By Bob King

Introduction: Harvest 2016 is well underway throughout the UK with the winter barley crop virtually finished, and spring barley and wheat harvesting moving rapidly northwards. Weather & Crop Development: The weather patterns from last autumn through to mid-July have not been beneficial  to cereal production within the UK  and is not as surprise that yields […]