The Brewery Supply Group (BSG) announced today that it will become the exclusive American and Canadian distributor of Belgium-based Dingemans Malt.
In a news release, BSG says that it will become the exclusive distributor for Dingemans in the United States and Canada, effective January 1, 2020. Dingemans, headquartered near the port city of Antwerp, produces a wide range of base and specialty malts, such as the unique Special B malt often associated with dark Belgian ales.
Cargill Malt will remain the Dingemans distributor in those countries only until the end of 2019. Last year, Minneapolis-based Cargill announced the planned sale of its malt business to French company Axéréal. That transfer became official on October 31.
Jake Keeler, vice president of marketing for BSG, says it was the right time for two like-minded companies to cooperate. “Per the opportunity, it's a matter of good timing and the respective companies having shared values and the desire to build a strong partnership for the future.”
BSG says it will strengthen Dingemans's presence in North America and provide technical support for customers.
“BSG strives to offer the highest quality ingredients from around the world to craft brewers and distillers, and the addition of Dingemans to our portfolio achieves an important goal of offering the finest malt from Belgium," BSG President Ian Ward says in the announcement. "Dingemans malts are used in every iconic Belgian beer, from Trappist triples to lambics. We are truly excited to partner with the Dingemans family and increase the understanding and availability of their diverse range of malts across North America.”
More information on the malts is available on BSG's website and other materials. The company says customers should contact their local sales managers or customer service representatives to learn more or request samples.
Dingemans is a fifth-generation family-owned malt company, founded in 1875, currently run by brothers Karl and Jan Dingemans.
BSG, owned by the Rahr Corporation, has been in the ingredient-supply business since 2004. Its customers are primarily craft brewers, winemakers, distillers, cider makers, as well as shops that cater to homebrewers and other fermentation hobbyists.
Above: Sacks of Dingemans malt in the attic at Brasserie Cantillon, Brussels. Photo by Joe Stange.