Agriculture, Bulk Equipment, Conveyors, Food, Silos

AGI supplies new major malting plant in Brazil

Ag Growth International (AGI) has joined Cooperativa Agrária Agroindustrial (Agrária) and its cooperative partners to celebrate the commissioning of a new barley malting plant in Ponta Grossa, Brazil.

The Maltaria Campos Gerais (MCG) is a large-scale greenfield facility capable of producing 240,000 tons of brewer’s malt per year.

MCG is strategically located in an agricultural region known for grain production and conducive to the cultivation of barley. Malted barley is the main source for fermentable sugars used by yeasts in the traditional brewing of beer.

“AGI had the privilege of being on-site for the inauguration of this state-of-the-art malt production facility to the industry and local community,” Paul Householder, AGI president and CEO, said.

“Our pride stems from AGI’s contribution in supplying the grain handling and storage system to this massive MCG plant. This facility plays a crucial socio-economic role within the region and broader value chain.”

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According to Agrária and its cooperative partners, the facility investment will provide farm-to-market benefits for the region by building demand for locally grown barley, expanding markets for malted barley, fostering local jobs, and leveraging the relationships forged with two of the biggest players in the national beer market.

AGI provided a turnkey solution with customised grain storage, material handling and conveying equipment, including 52 chain conveyors, 19 bucket elevators, 14 AGI Hi Roller enclosed belt conveyors, 13 bulk flows, 26 screw conveyors, 18 square hopper bins, and two hopper bins including full engineering, installation and commissioning.

MCG is built to support the processing of 240,000 tons of brewing malt per year and storage of 90,000 tons of barley and 80,000 tons of malt.

The project began in 2022 with design and engineering followed by two years of installation and assembly. The facility, which completed construction in March, was commissioned during a special event attended by the cooperative partners, suppliers, and federal, state and local authorities.

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