Canadian Malt

The Essence of Excellence

Brewers call malt "the soul of the beer". Different malts give each beer a particular character and personality, whether it's a dark, rich stout to warm a winter's evening, or a light, friendly lager to cool the heat of a summer's day.

But a beer is only as good as its malt, and every brewer knows that to make the finest brew, you must use the finest malt, which in turn must be made from the very top grades of malting barley. And since Canada's malting barley is second to none, it is easy to understand why so many of the world's top brewers look to Canada for their malt supplies. It's also why Canada is the world's second-largest exporter of malt, with export sales averaging 500,000 tonnes annually.

There are as many different beer styles as there are countries, but because of the unique qualities of Canada's malting barley, Canadian malts can be used to make any type of beer. Our barley's assured varietal purity means that our malts have a more consistent kernel size than barleys from other countries, which means they can be more consistently milled. Brewing with Canadian malt, consequently, offers the brewer great flexibility in designing the brewing process. This makes it much easier to optimize yield and maintain performance, all while ensuring that the beer is of the highest quality.

Commitment to Quality

No Canadian barley is used in malt production unless it has passed rigorous evaluation by our malt producers—in fact, of all the barley grown by Canadian farmers, less than 25 percent is accepted for malting. But our quality control does not stop there. Once the barley is in the malt production process, it is constantly monitored by expert personnel to make sure it has the chemical and physical characteristics desired by the customer. The result is malt that never fails to meet the customer's expectations.

But there's always room for improvement, especially with a product that is so important to Canadian farmers and to the world's brewers. Our breeders are working continuously to develop new malting barleys that are superior in agronomics, disease resistance, and processing qualities to existing varieties.

Experience the Canadian difference

From planting to harvest, and from malt house to brewery, the Canadian malting industry has set its sights on quality, consistency and customer satisfaction.

For further information on our malting industry, please visit:

Government website

Industry website



Trade Statistics

The following tables represent Canada's total trade in a given export commodity based on Statistics Canada data. The product categories represent HS code groupings and have not been modified. In most cases, statistics have been presented at the 6 or 8 digit level. Statistics are presented in Canadian dollars and are complete through year end 2010.

Canada's Exports to All Countries (HS Code 11071000, 11072000) - Product ($CAD)
  2008 2009 2010 2011 Growth 2008-2011
11071000 - Malt, not roasted 422,615,320 443,667,300 312,335,362 321,787,422 -23.9%
11072000 - Malt, roasted 118,897 415,441 71,249 90,556 -23.8%
Canada's Exports to All Countries (HS Code 11071000, 11072000) - Product (Quantity, Kilogram)
  2008 2009 2010 2011 Growth 2008-2011
11071000 - Malt, not roasted 690,912,951 630,621,812 578,000,978 585,851,110 -15.2%
11072000 - Malt, roasted 115,694 497,207 26,052 114,763 -0.8%

 

Canada's Exports to All Countries by Province (HS Code 11071000, 11072000, Value $CAD)
Province 2008 2009 2010 2011
Alberta 244,020,604 223,504,080 142,744,693 151,501,278
British Columbia 6,266,335 10,697,914 9,136,716 13,764,043
Manitoba 849,210 10,454,361 12,747,665 5,554,245
Ontario 65,868,211 74,293,170 60,533,311 59,031,323
Prince Edward Island 9,475 0 0 0
Québec 20,630,102 21,910,892 19,359,211 22,351,346
Saskatchewan 85,090,280 103,222,324 67,885,015 69,675,743
Canada's Top 10 Malt Markets (HS Code 11071000, 11072000, Value $CAD)
Country 2008 2009 2010 2011 Growth 2008-2011
TOTAL: 422,734,217 444,082,741 312,406,611 321,877,978 -23.9%
United States 211,449,263 224,775,652 175,601,747 169,380,457 -19.9%
Japan 96,159,383 114,253,199 75,444,436 73,894,320 -23.2%
South Africa 23,591,287 23,133,902 14,897,114 26,266,355 11.3%
South Korea 7,015,701 15,503,534 10,054,793 12,171,947 73.5%
Ecuador 6,099,651 4,896,851 6,250,067 9,587,715 57.2%
Peru 2,035,802 2,265,782 0 8,578,190 321.4%
Costa Rica 3,529,874 6,569,110 3,088,699 7,376,581 109.0%
Mexico 15,436,296 5,776,687 3,824,264 5,270,202 -65.9%
Dominican Republic 2,151,258 7,375,727 8,309,672 3,150,595 46.5%
Nicaragua 1,651,839 1,925,169 1,756,700 1,979,063 19.8%