Malting facility gains stage one accreditation
Grain growers are raising a glass to a new accreditation aiming to advance the development and marketing of new Australian malt barley varieties used to make beer.
The Joondalup-based Pilot Malting Australia facility was granted stage one accreditation last week, three years after a review into the system was launched, in a bid to accelerate malting barley opportunities.
Under the upgraded system, the PMA facility will improve flexibility for barley promoters in stage one by removing the need for commercial quantities of grain.
Barley varieties must pass an evaluation process to be considered suitable for malting and then beer processing.
It aims to ensure varieties meet domestic and international market performance requirements.
Barley Australia executive chairwoman Megan Sheehy said the updated PMA facility would accelerate the evaluation process and give growers faster access to malting barley price premiums.
“The new system will mean the Malting and Brewing Industry Barley Technical Committee will have more robust data at hand when making accreditation decisions,” Dr Sheehy said.
“Importantly, the new system also recognises the need for post-accreditation market support to ensure Australian malt barley customers understand and accept newly accredited varieties.
“Seasonal and regional malting data, generated by PMA, will be made available to the Australian industry to support marketing of new malting barley varieties.”
PMA, a joint State Government and Edith Cowan University venture, was launched in 2010 as Australia’s first pilot malting facility to process small batches of grain.
WA Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the accreditation would shore up confidence for grain growers, breeding companies and commercial maltsters.
“This state-of-the-art facility is a tremendous asset to the industry,” she said.
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