TWEED VALLEY MALTINGS
The Simpsons Malt head office, central laboratory and largest maltings is located in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. It’s also home to the company’s agricultural trading division, McCreath, Simpson & Prentice (MSP). MSP procures in excess of 300,000 tonnes of barley each year from our farming partners across England and Scotland.
Berwick-upon-Tweed lies between the Lammermuir Hills to the North and the Cheviot Hills to the South, in an area famous for its barley. The name Berwick is derived from the early Anglo-Saxon words for ‘Ber(e)’ = barley and ‘wick’ = small town. The soils in the region are derived from glacial drift, which gives the lightness necessary for the growth of high quality barley.
Looking at the map, Simpsons Malt sits slightly inland, beneath a wide loop in the beautiful River Tweed. Less than a mile from the maltings, the Tweed flows out to the North Sea beneath the Grade I Listed Old Bridge, built between 1611 and 1624. Climb to the very top of the building where the barley begins its journey in the Jubilee Steep House and you will see the sea stretching out to the horizon.
Home to Simpsons Malt since January 1st 1963, the maltings employs approximately 200 people from the local region. Each year 235,000 tonnes of malt are produced at the Tweed Valley Maltings. Simpsons Malt has a capacity of 303,000 tonnes of malt across the Tivetshall and Berwick-upon-Tweed sites. At harvest time, the company purchases, controls and stores 100% of their annual barley requirement in quality assured stores.
TIVETSHALL ST. MARGARET
Simpsons Malt’s craft maltings is located in Tivetshall St. Margaret, East Anglia, and has been producing malt since 1872. Acquired by the company in 1986, the plant was extended in the summer of 2015 to accommodate the company’s state-of-the-art bagging facilities and warehouse.
Situated in the heart of Norfolk, the English barley growing county, the region is home to the Broads and many areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Tivetshall has five roasting drums for the production of speciality-roasted malts, including both base malt and roast house production.
The Tivetshall maltings has a capacity to produce 68,000 tonnes of malt each year for ale, lager and speciality roasted malts.