Malted barley, or malt, is barley that has been allowed to germinate (or sprout) by being soaked in water. By doing this to the grain, the starches are converted into fermentable sugars. The process ensures that starch in the grain can be made into alcohol. This process is known as malting, this is an important step in the process of producing whisky as well as beer. Malt is also used to make confections such as malted shakes, malt vinegar, flavoured shakes like Milo and Horlicks and some baked goods such as bagels and malt loaf. Malted barley is an ingredient used to manufacture yeast bread and other baked goods.
The Malted Barley market is estimated to surpass US$ 9.92 million by the end of 2028 in terms of revenue, exhibiting a CAGR of 2.3% during the forecast period (2021 to 2028).
One of the key factors expected to stimulate market growth during the forecast period is the multiple applications of malted barley in distillery, food industry, beer industry and pharmaceutical industry. Malted barley is the main ingredient in the beer manufacturing, the unique flavour of the beer is due to the malted barley from which it is made of. There is a growing demand for the beer due to the awareness among the people related to its health benefits, improved nutritional qualities and reducing heart related problems. The growth in the beer market is simultaneously increasing the demand for the malted barley.
Malted barley is been used as a source of nutrients which is extracted from the process of fermentations e.g. the production of butanol, glycerol, and acetone. Malt extracts and syrups are prepared by concentrating worts (Wort is the liquid extracted from the mashing process during the brewing of beer or whisky) by evaporation. These products are widely used in baking, confectionery, breakfast cereals, malt beverages, dairy products, and condiments and as a caramel substitute.
Among regions, Europe held dominant position in the malted barley market in 2020, accounting for 29.8% market share in terms of revenue, followed by Asia Pacific and North America. For instance, in June 2021, Boortmalt, an international malting company announced a significant multi-million pound investment to expand its malting facility in Buckie, on the Morayshire coast. The expansion supports the growing demand for malt in whisky distilling and brewing. Boortmalt’s expansion of its site sees production capacity increased by 50% to approximately 90,000 million tons per year. This expansion has increased the market for the malted barley in the European region.
Figure 1. Malted Barley Market Revenue Share (%), By Region, 2020
The cost of the raw material for the production of the malted barley is hampering the market for the malted barley worldwide. Due to the demand for raw barley from various industries such as breweries, distilleries, and others as a raw material, the price of barley has increased significantly. The supply of malt in both the domestic and global markets, as well as demand for malt and malt products, impact the price of barley. Increasing malted barley prices are influenced by the shipping and storage cost as well. These higher cost of the raw material is negatively affecting the growth of malted barley market.
|Base Year:||2020||Market Size in 2021:||US$ 8.46 Mn|
|Historical Data for:||2017, 2018, and 2019||Forecast Period:||2021 to 2028|
|Forecast Period 2021 to 2028 CAGR:||2.3%||2028 Value Projection:||US$ 9.92 Mn|
Graincorp, Rahr Corporation, Soufflet Group, Malt Products Corporation, Barmalt, Muntons plc, Viking Malt PureMalt, Imperial Malt Ltd, Malteurope, BOORTMALT, Maltexco S.A., Holland Malt, IREKS GmbH, and Simpsons Malt
|Restraints & Challenges:||
The growing demand for the malted barley in the food processing industry is driving the market for the malted barley. In food processing various types of malts are available in the form of extracts, syrups, liquid or dry, enzymatic or non-enzymatic, dark or light coloured. Malts are used by many segments of the food industry and are used according to their solid content, enzymatic activity, colour, pH factor, ability to reduce sugar level, protein, ash and microbiological profiles. For instance, according to the report by the food navigator in 2020, food processing industries are using malted barley as a source of high protein and phytochemical content. The implication of phytochemicals in the food products provides antioxidants and nutrition for the human body. The rise in the awareness among the people related to the health benefits of the malted food is growing the market for the malted barley.
Figure 2. Malted Barley Market Revenue Share (%), By Form, 2020
On the basis of form, in 2020, Flakes held largest revenue share of 28.63% in malted barley market. Malted Wheat Flakes add a delicious nutty, sweet flavour to recipes, especially bread. Used in bread, malted wheat flakes add a rusticity to a loaf and an extra malty flavour. Full of insoluble fibre, they are a nutritious grain that adds texture and flavour.
Malted Barley Market - Impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic
Most industries across the world have been negatively impacted over the last few months due to the covid-19 pandemic. This can be attributed to significant disruptions experienced by their respective manufacturing and supply-chain operations as a result of various precautionary lockdowns, as well as other restrictions that were enforced by governing authorities across the globe. The same applies to the global malted barley market. Moreover, consumer demand has also subsequently reduced as individuals are now keener on eliminating non-essential expenses from their respective budgets as the general economic status of most individuals have been severely affected by this outbreak. However, as respective governing authorities begin to lift these enforced lockdowns, the global malted barley market is expected to recover accordingly.
Key players operating in the malted barley market include Graincorp, Rahr Corporation, Soufflet Group, Malt Products Corporation, Barmalt, Muntons plc, Viking Malt PureMalt, Imperial Malt Ltd, Malteurope, BOORTMALT, Maltexco S.A., Holland Malt, IREKS GmbH, and Simpsons Malt.
Malted Barley is produced from raw barley grains. Malted Barley is produced under strict supervision to ensure high levels of purity and consistency in food products. Malted Barley is used in various applications within the food, beverages, distilleries and pharmaceutical industries. The Malted Barley is used in food applications, as a high-protein form of malted barley is often a label-listed ingredient in blended flours typically used in the manufacture of yeast bread and other baked goods. The Malted Barley has been gaining increasing demand in various applications such as beer, whiskey, malted milkshakes, malt vinegar, confections such as Maltsters and Whoppers, flavored drinks such as Horlicks, Ovaltine, and Milo, and some baked goods, such as malt loaf, bagels, and rich tea biscuits.
Malted Barley has also found a profound place in the bakery & confectionery industry. The FDA categorized beta-amylase which is present in the malted barley as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) that further led to an increasing demand for the malted barley in the bakery & confectionery industry. For instance, malted barley are used in the bakery and confectionary as malt flour. Malted barley is de hulled and ground to form malt flour, malt flour is rich in alpha amylase which increases the diastatic (the presence of enzymes such as alma-amylase and beta-amylase) activity of wheat flour. The malt flour increases in diastatic activity during the baking which make yeast food more available in the flour during baking.
Key features of the study:
“*” marked represents similar segmentation in other categories in the respective section.