Exports from a leading manufacturer in Suffolk have reached record levels.
Bosses at Muntons, the Stowmarket based malt and malted ingredient manufacturer, say overseas trading in the first week of this month reached an all time high.
These export volumes are impressive.George Irving, maltings manager
Staff have worked tirelessly to ensure all the orders - amounting to more than 2,000 tonnes of malted products - were shipped out to eight countries in just five days.
The firm says the first week in February was exceptional, with 88 containers of malt despatched for shipment to brewing customers in South East Asia.
With each container carrying nearly 24 tonnes of malt this brought the total quantity of malt exported to just over 2,109 tonnes in the week.
Muntons also make malted ingredients, and during the same week staff loaded an additional 12 export containers of their products destined for countries such as Japan, Indonesia, Ghana, Canada and the USA.
In total 2,369 tonnes of malt products were loaded, in 100 containers to eight different countries – all in one five-day working week.
George Irving, Muntons maltings manager, said: “It is a credit to the production and out-loading teams, and also the sales support team, that they are able to manage this so well.”
“These export volumes are impressive.
He added: “And we also managed to kept our domestic customers satisfied during this exceptional period as well.”
Muntons make more than 180,000 tonnes of malt annually and in excess of 40,000 tonnes of malted ingredients which the firm exports to 73 countries globally.
The products are used in the production of beer, whisky and in a host of food applications, from malt vinegar and malt loaf to the centres of crunchy malted-chocolate balls.