Boortmalt began in 1927 as a relatively small malting company near the Leuven-Dijle canal in Boortmeerbeek, Flanders. In the following 5 decades, this local malt house steadily grew and made a name for itself. Two events further changed the fate of the firm: the purchase of the Sobelgra silo in 1980, and the group’s 2004 acquisition by Axereal, which had already owned a malting plant in France since 1994.
From then on, Boortmalt grew exponentially: in the following decade, production facilities were opened in Croatia and Hungary, and existing malting plants were acquired in the UK and Ireland. Today, Boortmalt is one of the top five producers of malt in the world with a total capacity of over 1.1 million tons of malt per year.