‘Malt brand is ideally located in Suffolk – but A14 needs an upgrade’

Crews have been called to a cladding fire at the Muntons factory in Stowmarket Picture: MARK LANGFOR

Crews have been called to a cladding fire at the Muntons factory in Stowmarket Picture: MARK LANGFORD - Credit: Archant

Malt firm Muntons is in the middle of future-proofing the business with a multi-million pound investment programme in its Stowmarket site – but its boss would like to see a major upgrade of the nearby A14.

Muntons' new MD Mark Tyldesley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Muntons' new MD Mark Tyldesley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

The factory investment will see increases in capacity, upgrading of existing plant and diversification into "exciting new areas" over the next few years.

MORE - Malt business strengthens foothold in Asia after taking over Thai factoryVirtually all the firm's malted ingredients are made using malting barley sourced from with a 50-mile radius of the town, and it remains firmly committed to Suffolk.

But the A14 - the main artery for transport in the region, providing access to the Port of Felixstowe, the midlands and the rest of the country - needs an upgrade, group managing director Mark Tyldesley suggests.

He describes the firm's location in Stowmarket as "ideal, not just for easy access to some of the finest barley's in the world, but, having the bustling port of Felixstowe on our doorstep provides easy access to export destinations".

Muntons' new MD Mark Tyldesley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Muntons' new MD Mark Tyldesley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

He would like to see improvements in the county's transport infrastructure - which can buckle under pressure.


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"Our county suffers from a lack of motorways, meaning that the current road infrastructure is stretched, often to breaking point," he says.

"It has long been suggested that the A14 should be upgraded to a three-lane motorway which would prove beneficial for local businesses."

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Location is key for the brand, he says.

Muntons' new MD Mark Tyldesley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Muntons' new MD Mark Tyldesley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

"Our reputation has been built on quality, so our maltings are situated amongst prime malting barley regions."

The £100m turnover company - which employs 360 people globally including 280 in Stowmarket - was founded in Bedford in 1921 by the Wells and Munton families, and remains a family-owned company to this day.

It moved to Stowmarket in 1948 and built another maltings in Yorkshire in 1965. Since then it has increased its capacity significantly, recently opening offices in Singapore and Holland, built a factory and new product development (NPD) centre in Thailand and formed a company in the USA to service the requirements of the North American market.

Although investing heavily in its Stowmarket headquarters, this does not preclude adding manufacturing plants in other parts of the world, he adds.

Muntons' new MD Mark Tyldesley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Muntons' new MD Mark Tyldesley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

"Our range of products has increased to meet the requirements of our global customers," explains Mark.

"We ship our products to more than 76 countries, supplying our ranges of malts, malt extracts, homebrew kits, flours and flakes to the creative food and drink industry.

"Our programme of continued investment has made the Muntons group one of the most forward-looking malt and malted ingredient manufacturers in the world."

Mark, who took up his role in January 2018, previously held senior positions with Proctor and Gamble, Tesco, Premier Foods and was latterly as chief executive of Jeyes Group. Although born in Beverley, Yorkshire, he grew up and was educated in Hadleigh in Suffolk and went on to study law at Nottingham University.

Muntons' new MD Mark Tyldesley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Muntons' new MD Mark Tyldesley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

His international experience has included roles in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He would love to see Suffolk lead the way in championing diversity, encouraging more girls to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and engineering, he says.

"We are privileged to have not just easy access to our prime raw material here in Suffolk, but also to a loyal and trustworthy workforce. This has helped support and endorse the quality of our brand," says Mark.

He adds: "Our strong belief in sustainability ensures that we continue to lead the field when it comes to environmental issues, making us the greenest maltster in the world."

Muntons' new MD Mark Tyldesley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Muntons' new MD Mark Tyldesley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Muntons' new MD Mark Tyldesley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Muntons' new MD Mark Tyldesley. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Muntons malt being delivered to the Port of Felixstowe Picture: DHL

Muntons malt being delivered to the Port of Felixstowe Picture: DHL - Credit: Archant

malted mini ice lollies

malted mini ice lollies - Credit: Archant

Muntons' current evaporator plant used in the production of malt extract Picture: ANDY JANES

Muntons' current evaporator plant used in the production of malt extract Picture: ANDY JANES - Credit: Archant

Barley out in the field

Barley out in the field - Credit: Archant

Official Opening of Grain Handling and Storage facility at Muntons in Stowmarket.

Official Opening of Grain Handling and Storage facility at Muntons in Stowmarket. - Credit: Gregg Brown

Muntons excellence

Muntons excellence - Credit: Archant

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