BAIRDS MALT IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE FURTHER EXPANSION PLANS FOR OUR INVERNESS MALTINGS

Celebrating 200 years of quality malt

2023 is a special year for Bairds Malt, as we celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the Bairds Family first entering production at the Great Canal Brewery in Glasgow.

200 years later, we continue to produce some of the world’s best quality malt, working in partership with local growers and our customers to ensure the continued partnership and success of the supply chain from field to firkin and grain to glass.

1823
1823

Brothers Frank & Hugh Baird brewer/maltsters found Great Canal Brewery. Their vision to provide consistent high quality beer to the growing Glasgow population.

1832
1832

The malting business is expanded to supply other brewers. Hugh’s vision is to bring consistent high quality malt supply to brewers across the Glasgow region.

1837
1837

Hugh and Frank receive the Royal Warrant.

1878
1878

Hugh retires and hands over the mantel to sons Hugh(Jnr) & Montague. They follow their father’s vision via the 2 malting sites Port Dundas & Springbank in Glasgow .

1890's
1890's

Baird's Glasgow Maltings is extended to meet growing demand .

1906
1906

An additional floor maltings at Greenwich, London, becomes the 3rd malt production site, and the first outside of Glasgow.

1925
1925

A purchase of our Witham site which housed a floor maltings helps to meet increasing malt supply demands.

1926-1960
1926-1960

Up to 20 further floor malting sites across the UK are added to the business as demand for a quality malt product grows. Grain is traded through the local corn exchange.

1951
1951

New Storage silos with drying facilities were erected in 1951 on the Witham site.

1962
1962

Witham floor maltings were demolished to make way for the new Wanderhaufen mechanised malting plant.

Canada Malting acquires 50% stake in Hugh Bairds & Sons.

1963
1963

The business makes a purchase of a green field site in Pencaitland, Edinburgh, to build a pneumatic plant. The land is purchased from a local farmer whose family continue to supply quality Barley to Bairds to this day.

1964
1964

The business consolidates to 2 pneumatic malting sites at Pencaitland in Scotland & Witham in Essex, England.

1967
1967

Four industry professionals Hugo Page Croft, Klaus Perch Nielsen, Oliver Griffin and Michael Crowther come together with a common idea to build an innovative malting plant in the Scottish Highlands.

1968
1968

Moray Firth Malt Inverness site built but first load wasn't sold until the following year

1969
1969

On 11th June 1969, the Moray Firth Malting site was officially opened by Mr Jocelyn Hambro, Chairman of Hambros Bank, who were significant investors in the project.

1972
1972

Moray Firth Malting build their Arbroath site

1976
1976

Tate & Lyle buy Hugh Baird & Sons as a wholly owned subsidiary.

1977-79
1977-79

Turriff site built to provide barley storage capacity in the heart of Aberdeenshire.

1989-90
1989-90

Moray Firth Maltings bought Grantham site from Pauls Malt.

1990
1990

Canada Malting buys Great Western Malting and 60% of Hugh Bairds & sons.

1991
1991

The Beeston maltings were due to become vacant so Moray Firth took them over in January 1991.

1995
1995

Conagra Foods & Tiger Brand buy Canada Maltings and becomes part of ConAgra Malt.

1999
1999

Merger between Moray Firth Maltings and Hugh Baird & sons forms a malting business with 5 malting sites plus barley drying facility.

2001
2001

Approximately 143,000 tonnes of brewing malt and 20,500 tonnes of distilling malt was produced to meet demand in Scotland.

2002
2002

James Brown (owner of Octomore Farm) piping in the first load of Octomore malt into Bruichladdich Distillery from Inverness Maltings.

2006
2006

Castle Harlan buys Conagra Malt which includes Great Western Malting, Canada Malting, Barrett Burston Malting & 60% of Bairds Malt Ltd to create United Malt Holdings (UMH).

2007
2007

Castle Harlan buys last 40% of Bairds Malt Ltd from Scottish & Newcastle.

2009
2009

Graincorp buys United Malt Holdings from Castle Harlan.

2010
2010

Bairds adds an additional new malting plant in Arbroath. Offering 57,000mt additional capacity for the distilling market.

2013
2013

Bairds launches Brewers Select in the UK. A one stop shop offering malt and brewing supplies directly to the UK's craft brewing market.

2018
2018

Bairds Malt announces Project Angel that includes the refurbishment of the clova plant in Arbroath and a new state of the art malt facility in Inverness.

2020
2020

Ground broken in Inverness.

2021
2021

Arbroath Clova plant refurbishment complete.

2023
2023

Bairds Malt complete "Project Angel" adding an additional 57,000 tonnes of capacity.

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