Our History

Barley is a low-protein crop which grows best in mainly dry temperate climates.The process of malting germinates then dries the grain to produce the raw material for brewing.As an export product it has the great advantage of being already processed.Most of the malt is used for making ales or spirits but it is also the basis of malted milk drinks and is sold in extract as a baby food.It has many end products.

The history of barley-growing and malting in Australia stems from ancient English skills and is closely inter-woven with the nation’s economic development.The trace goes back to Australian records of the largest and one of the oldest surviving malting firms, Barrett Bros. and Burston and Co. Pty Ltd.


As the name suggests Barrett Bros. and Burston is a combination of two families.Both the Barrett’s and the Burston’s have been associated with the Australian malting industry for much more than a century.The two families had widely different origins in the malting business.

The Barrett family the founding father William Barrett, was an enterprising bank clerk in England who began malting and a part time operation; in the Burston family, Samuel Burston was a storekeeper in a small Victorian country town who saw the opportunity to buy barley from his clients and use it for malting.

In the years which followed, a move to Australia by the family Barrett and much competition between the two dynasties, the merger finally took place in 1912 with the founding of Barrett Bros. and Burston and Co. Pty Ltd.

Despite the enormous increase in production following the end of WWII, Barrett Bros. and Burston and Co Pty Ltd were still unable to keep pace with the growing demand for malt.

Over the years it has changed ownership from many including Elders IXL, ConAgra Foods, United Malt Holdings (UMH) and now GrainCorp.

Barrett Burston Malting Co. part of GrainCorp Malt have 4 plants across Australia including the Kirin Maltings of WA which was purchased in 2011 by Barrett Burston Malting Co.With Burnley and Geelong, the largest in the Barrett Burston Malting operations, which also supplies roasted and bagged product and state of the art facility in Pinkenba.

BBM employs over 100 staff and with production capacity of 260,000 tonnes continues to focus on quality & engagement.

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