The Canadian Malting Barley Technical Centre (CMBTC) has announced, Chinese company Yantai Hyaline Malting Co., Ltd. as a new member. Hyaline Malting is the third company from China to join the CMBTC in the last three years, says the CMBTC. China is an important market for Canadian malt barley, as, in 2015/16, China’s malt barley purchases were valued at approximately CAD $250 million— Canada’s largest export market for the raw material.
The CMBTC is a national, independent non-profit organization with funding provided by members of the malting barley, malt and brewing industries, producers as well as provincial and federal governments, and conducts applied malting and brewing research providing technical support to members and customers.
“Canadian malting barley is viewed as a superior quality product in China, and demand continues to grow as consumer preference shifts to more premium quality beer. CMBTC’s growing membership from China demonstrates the value placed on the technical expertise and independent quality analysis offered by the CMBTC. We are honoured to have Hyaline Malting join the CMBTC and welcome other international customers,” says Peter Watts, managing director of the CMBTC.
Hyaline Malting, founded in 1989, is based in Shandong, China, and operates an additional facility in JiangSu province. With a combined annual capacity of 250,000 metric tonnes their principal business is the manufacture of barley malt destined for the brewing industry. Hyaline Malting joins 24 other organizations as members of the CMBTC in 2016.