Our history

A world leader in the malt industry, leading supplier to the brewing industry, Malteurop is present today in 14 countries, with 27 plants and a malt production capacity of 2,200,000 tons.

The story begins in the 1960s in France with the first malting plant, opened in Reims by an agricultural cooperative. It continues with the acquisition and creation of several malting plants, then the birth of Malteurop as a company in 1984. Malteurop then underwent strong international development beginning in the 1990s.

Origins and birth

In 1960, the cooperative La Providence Agricole, the historical entity of Champagne Céréales, decided to invest in downstream uses of barley in order to take on the task of adding value to the harvests of its members in their dealings with maltsters. A malting plant was built in Port Colbert in Reims and inaugurated in 1961.

Many cooperatives in northeastern France joined the malt section of La Providence Agricole, and the malting plant was gradually enlarged. In 1975, a second plant was built in Pringy, near Vitry-le-François, bringing the total annual production capacity to 93,000 tons.

In 1977, Union Providence Malt was created, uniting some fifteen cooperatives. In the early 1980s, the cooperative groups carried out operations involving acquisition of private malting plants: S.A. Moselle in Metz and S.A. Vandecastelle in Aire sur la Lys. After the founding of Malteurop in 1982, the two regional federations, Union Providence Malt and Union Champagne Malt, merged in 1984, giving birth to the Malteurop Group.

Growth and internationalization

1991 marked an important stage in the development of Malteurop with the first investment outside France – the acquisition of shares of Intermalta in San Adrian in Spain.

The phenomenon gathered speed over the course of the decade with the building of two malting plants in Germany – in Rostock and Langerringen – in 1993, then with the temporary leasing of a malting plant in Argentina in 1995 and the establishment of a permanent presence in China in 1996.

Early in 2000, external growth continued in Spain with Intermalta’s acquisition of the plant in Albacete and in Ukraine with the creation of the plants in Chernigov and Kharkov.

At the same time, Malteurop continued consolidating its manufacturing facilities with the extension of the San Adrian plant in Spain and Vitry-le-François in France, whose annual production capacity was increased to 225,000 tons.

In late 2006 Malteurop took over two plants from the German group Weissheimer, one in Gdansk in Poland and the other in Heidenau in Germany.

In 2008, with its acquisition of ADM Malting – the leader of the malt industry in North America (742,000 tons), with industrial presence in four countries (USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand) –, Malteurop became the world’s leading malt producer.

The Group’s growth is continuing with the construction of a new facility in Seville, Spain in 2008. That same year, Malteurop established itself in Russia, where the beer market is experiencing strong growth, with the acquisition of Belgorsolod, which operates a malting plant at Belgorod, near the Ukrainian border in one of the country’s largest barley growing regions.

In 2010 Malteurop undertook a strategic downstream diversification with its acquisition of the Italian company Diamalteria (Darfo – Lombardy), a specialist in the production of malt extracts and malt flours for food-processing markets. This move positioned the group on the highly dynamic market for malt-based food ingredients.

Malteurop Groupe is now present in all the major malt sectors – malt for brewers, malt for distillers, and malt-based ingredients for the agribusiness industries.