The Simpson family has been in the malting business since 1862 and the company is the leading independent maltster in the UK, with an annual production output of 290,000 tonnes. Simpsons’ headquarters and largest malting plant, including their peated malt kiln, is located at Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland. Their agricultural trading division, McCreath Simpson & Prentice is located nearby. Berwick lies between the Lammermuir Hills to the north and the Cheviots to the south, an area famous for its barley. The soils are derived from glacial drift, which gives the lightness necessary for the growth of high quality barley. In fact, the very name Berwick is derived from the early Anglo-Saxon words for Ber(e) = barley, and wick =small town. At their Tivetshall Maltings in Norfolk, the heart of the English malting barley growing area, all of their roasted malt is produced and also the bulk of their export tonnage.
All Simpsons’ malts are made exclusively from the highest quality two-row malting barleys. Simpsons store almost 100% of their annual barley requirements at harvest time in their own quality assured storage areas and are able to provide full traceability of products from seed to finished malt.
Experienced in malting since 1862 the company manufactures a wide range of high quality malts, including specialty roasted malts for the brewing, distilling and food industries.