Muntons, one of the UK’s leading producers of malt for brewing and food manufacturing uses, has appointed the farmer-owned grain co-operative Openfield Agriculture as one of its two newly created Strategic Suppliers of malting barley to its maltings in East Anglia and Yorkshire.
The agreement, which commenced on 1st July 2016, extends until 2020 and will see Openfield supply about 35,000 tonnes of malting barley each year to Muntons’ maltings in Stowmarket.
Mark Worrell, Openfield chief operating officer, said that Openfield’s ability deliver the contract in a way that supported Muntons’ sustainability commitments was central to securing the agreement.
“We have worked closely with Muntons for many years and understand its needs, but also its desire to deliver on its sustainability commitments in a practical manner. By augmenting Muntons’ storage capacity with our own facilities we can supply it with a crop of known provenance for the long-term while our farmer members benefit from the confidence that comes with established demand from a large-scale end-user.”
Openfield has an established track-record in developing supply chains that support the customer’s sustainability ambitions and manage market volatility in an equitable fashion. Such arrangements help build efficient supply chains that are resilient and, ultimately, more profitable to the benefit of all involved.
Muntons is one example of an ethical supply-chain partner that has put practical sustainability at the centre of its business. To Muntons this means changing its business practices to reduce its environmental impact while maintaining profitability.
Alan Ridealgh, Muntons Group Managing Director said: “This agreement ensures Muntons provides a secure supply of a high quality product for the long-term. Agreements such as this, are at the heart of Muntons values where we seek success through partnership and collaboration.”