Axereal acquires Cargill’s malt business
Axereal, France’s largest grain co-operative, has acquired Cargill’s malt business on behalf of its subsidiary, Boortmalt. The move makes Boortmalt the world’s largest producer of malt.
Jean-François Loiseau, President of the Axereal Group said: “This acquisition meets our two strategic objectives: Firstly, to invest in the downstream of barley to increase the value of our farmers production in France and internationally, and especially in growing markets. Secondly, we have a long-term vision for our co-operative farmers. This acquisition will help ensure that our trajectory is competitive. We at Axereal are leading the way for the agricultural transition with industrial innovation that provides quality food whilst respecting the environment.”
Paul-Yves L’Anthoën, chief executive officer of the Axereal Group said: “This acquisition is a major step in our co-operative’s strategic plan: it allows us to diversify our sources of value, and it bolsters the group’s position in a growing sector. It also strengthens our relationship with the financial community.”
This acquisition sees Boortmalt taking over all Cargill Malt activities: 16 malthouses in 9 countries, nearly 600 employees, and with a total production capacity of 1.7 million tonnes.
This will bring the total capacity of the Boortmalt Group to 3 million tonnes with 27 malting plants on 5 continents making Boortmalt the world leader in the production of malt. The headquarters of Boortmalt will remain in Antwerp, Belgium as well as the R&D centre, making the Antwerp malthouse the biggest in the world.
Yvan Schaepman, chief executive officer of Boortmalt added: “Such a takeover offers us new growth prospects and will enable us to better mitigate risks, particularly those linked to climate change. It also allows us to accelerate the development of new malting barley varieties and to create new malts. With this acquisition, we are pursuing our primary ambition: to become the best Maltster in the world.”