GrainCorp Malt is an international, performance-driven malt supplier. It operates in the United States as Great Western Malting Co. in Canada as Canada Malting Co. Limited in Australia as Barrett Burston Malting in the United Kingdom as Bairds Malt Limited and in Germany as Schill Malz.
In 1995 joint venture partners ConAgra Foods and Tiger Brands purchased Great Western Malting Co., Canada Malting Co. Limited, Bairds Malt Limited and Barrett Burston Malting to form ConAgra Malt.
In 2006 Castle Harlan, together with its affiliate CHAMP Private Equity, acquired ConAgra Malt and created United Malt Holdings (UMH).
In November 2009 the UMH-owned group of companies namely, Canada Malting, Great Western Malting, Bairds Malt and Barrett Burston Malting, were purchased by GrainCorp, a leading Australian grain handler and marketer. The acquisition led to the creation of GrainCorp Malt and transformed GrainCorp into an international agribusiness with operations in Australia, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
In October 2011 GrainCorp purchased GermanMalt GmbH and Co. The name of this business has been changed to Schill Malz. Schill Malz is made up of four malting plants, with a total capacity of 190,000 tonnes. Today, GrainCorp Malt is one of the world’s largest producers of malt for use in the brewing, distilling and food industries, with operations in five countries.