On Friday 1st June, Tim Passmore, the Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council and Olympic Ambassador for Suffolk, arranged for the Japanese Ambassador Keiichi Hayashi and First Secretary Koji Maruyama to tour successful Suffolk businesses as a prelude to the forthcoming Olympics. One of the companies visited was Muntons in Stowmarket, manufacturers of malt and malted ingredients, and one of the region’s largest exporters.
The visit to Muntons included a tour of their new Centre for Excellence, a state of the art New Product Development facility, where home-made beers and fresh baked chocolate brownies were available for tasting – all made using Muntons malt.
Neil Pearmain, Supply Chain and Logistics Director at Muntons opened the tour with a brief presentation outlining the important trade links that Muntons have with Japan and Asia. He commented “It is an honour to be able to welcome such important visitors to this region and afford us the opportunity to showcase some of our products that are proving to be very popular in the Far East.” He continued “Our malt is made from local barley, almost all of which is sourced from within a 50 mile radius of our maltings. We are particularly proud of our excellent record as a sustainable and environmentally conscientious manufacturer.”
Muntons sales into the Asia Pacific region have grown substantially over the past few years, assisted by the opening of regional offices in Singapore and Thailand. Their malt finds favour in products as diverse as beer, whisky, malted milk drinks, breakfast cereals and a host of assorted foodstuffs.
Tim Passmore said “Muntons are one of the largest employers in Mid Suffolk and their impressive export record positively contributes to Britain’s balance of payments – important in these challenging economic times.”