Simpsons Malt has shown its commitment to sustainability from seed to maltings by assisting all its farming partners who grow malting barley on contract in becoming verified to the SAI Platform’s world-renowned Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA).
A total of 422 of the company’s farming partners across Scotland and northern England achieved Gold performance level through the FSA, which is a highly effective, multi-purpose tool that helps farmers and food and drink companies around the world produce, sell and source more sustainably grown agricultural products, audited through one industry-wide assessment.
There are three levels of FSA performance: Bronze, Silver and Gold. By achieving the highest performance level of FSA Gold, it means that these farming partners are able to demonstrate they use first class sustainable farming practices, while it also provides them with secure market access as it allows them to do business with companies that are interested in sustainable sourcing.
For Simpsons Malt, which has its own agricultural merchanting division – McCreath Simpson & Prentice – it is certification that the fifth generation, family business is sourcing sustainable barley from their contracted growers for the production of their quality malts, grown with the best sustainable practices on a global scale.
This extensive group of contracted growers are also now part of what is the only FSA Gold verified Farm Management Group for barley in the United Kingdom.
Speaking about the FSA Gold accreditation of 422 of the company’s malting barley growers, Andy Hindhaugh, Simpsons Malt Commercial Director, said: “As a business, of which our agricultural merchanting division is a significant part, promoting sustainable agricultural practices and crop production is incredibly important to us.
“We’d like to acknowledge the efforts and cooperation of all our malting barley growers towards the FSA, the result of which will provide many benefits for them, including their alignment with a global industry benchmark for on-farm sustainability and continuous improvement.
“As for us, with our malting division continuing to grow overseas, it is important that our certifications are recognised on a global level and FSA Gold does just that. It also shows our end user customers in the brewing, distilling and food industries that they are receiving 100% sustainable barley from our contracted growers, which is becoming ever more important to many of them as part of their own sustainability objectives.
“With our recently completed acquisition of W.N. Lindsay Ltd, we will be taking the opportunity to get many of our new contracted growers of malting barley and wheat up to FSA Gold standard as well.”
Malting barley grower Guy Moor, whose farm near the town of Wooler, Northumberland, was fully audited as part of the FSA assessment process, said: “All farmers are becoming increasingly aware of the need to adopt more sustainable practices so when my McCreath Simpson & Prentice rep told me that the company planned to get all of its malting barley growers FSA accredited, I was fully supportive and willing to do what was required on my farm to attain it.
“I learned a lot during the intensive audit and, now that my FSA Gold level has been confirmed, I’d like to thank the McCreath Simpson & Prentice team for their assistance throughout the process and I’m excited about what opportunities this globally recognised accreditation may bring from a market point of view moving forward.”
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