Originally constructed as a Joint Venture operation, Muntons has completed the full purchase of a malted ingredients vacuum band drying manufacturing plant in Thailand.
The plant is now wholly owned by Muntons plc and the facility is called Muntons Ingredients (Thailand) Ltd.
Malt-based vacuum band dried products made in this state-of-the-art plant provide a base for malted milk drinks, confectionery, and bakery applications. The plant was officially opened in April 2016 and products made in the Thailand facility are sold around the world, utilising a base of malt extract made and supplied from Muntons’ Stowmarket facility.
The South East Asia market offers a wealth of opportunity for Muntons, through its combination of high population density and local consumers with a strong affinity for the taste of malt. In Asia, malted beverages are often consumed as cold, refreshing drinks, rather than the more usual relaxing bedtime tipple we know in the UK, as the blend of complex sugars, naturally present in malted milk drinks, provide a useful slow energy release.
Mark Tyldesley, Muntons managing director, said: “This is an exciting move for us and marks the beginning of a new chapter for our Thailand factory.”