Global Specialty Malt Market Size, Share, Trends, Covid-19 Impact & Growth Forecast Report - Segmented By Source (Barley, Wheat, And Rye), Type (Roasted, Crystal, And Dark), Application (Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverages, Bakery, Brewing, Distilling), Form (Dry & Liquid), And Region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, And Middle East & Africa) – Industry Analysis (2024 To 2029)

Updated On: January, 2024
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Global Specialty Malt Market Size (2024 to 2029)

The Size of Global Specialty Malt Market is anticipated to grow from USD 2.48 billion in 2024 to  USD 3.16 billion by 2029, growing with a CAGR of 5.0% from period 2024 to 2029.

Malts come in two types, such as speciality malts and basic malts. Speciality malts have a diastatic power that gives beer and beverages a proper texture, colour, flavour, and appearance. Basic malt also has the diastatic ability to convert its starch. They provide drinks and beer with unique taste and characteristics. Its functional properties make it ideal for brewing in the food and beverage industry. The primary raw material used to prepare unique malt is barley; the other raw materials used are corn, wheat, rice and rye. Toasted malts include Belgian malt, Munich malt and Vienna malt, and they are widely used in the full range of applications in the beverage industry. From the beginning, roasted malts have been used to make alcohol using traditional methods to produce varieties of beer.


The global speciality malt market is anticipated to experience significant growth during the forecast period. Malt is a sprouted cereal that has been dried and is an ancient process that has become a fascinating interplay of modern technology and chemistry in which the raw grain is converted into malt. Malt is mainly used for the production of beer or whiskey, but can nevertheless be used to make vinegar or malt extract. Malted, wheat, rye, barley, and sorghum are the varieties of grains. Malt grains develop the enzymes necessary for the transformation of grain starches into sugars.

Furthermore, there are also other established enzymes like protease that work primarily on protein cleavage to give a by-product that yeast can use. A series of stages are involved in malt; namely, soaking, germination and drying. The most crucial step is to dry or create exclusive malts. Specialty malts are all malts other than standard ales. They are mainly produced by manipulating the drying process. Speciality malts offer particular characteristics that make craft beer improve its features, such as more fabulous color and flavor, longer product life, better taste, more exceptional foam and retention foam and, ultimately, brewing performance. Factors driving the growth of the global specialty malt market include increased demand for craft beer, the growing number of independent breweries, improved R&D achievements for specialty malt and versatile malt functionality specialty. 


On the other hand, some factors hinder the growth of the world market, including government directives, as well as the increase and decrease in the supply of raw materials.




Market Size Available

2023 to 2029

Base Year


Forecast Period

2024 to 2029


5 %

Segments Covered

By Source, Type, Application, Form & Region.     

Various Analyses Covered

Global, Regional and Country Level Analysis; Segment-Level Analysis; DROC; PESTLE Analysis; Porter’s Five Forces Analysis; Competitive Landscape; Analyst Overview of Investment Opportunities

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, Middle East & Africa

Market Leaders Profiled

GrainCorp Ltd. (Australia), Soufflet Group (France), Axereal Group (France), Viking Malt (Germany), Cargill, Inc. (U.S.), Malteurop Groupe (France), Bar Malt India Pvt. Ltd. (India), IREKS GmbH (Germany), Simpsons Malt LTD. (U.K.), Agromalte Agraria (Brazil).



Among all the regions, North America dominates as the largest specialized malt market for consumption and product production, thanks to its mass production of products and its splendid sales and promotion facilities. Changing lifestyles and eating habits in the region should also encourage the healthy growth of products in the industry. The United States and Canada are the largest exporters of the product in the area. The increasing demand for non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages will significantly stimulate market demand for specialty malt.

Europe is also anticipated to experience growth in demand due to its global presence in the beer and beverage industry. Countries such as France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Russia are progressing to become regional leaders due to their high consumption of flavoured beers and alcoholic beverages and the presence of a large clientele.

The Asia Pacific is foreseen to be the fastest-growing region in the world specialty malt market as some of the largest producers of specialty malts are established in the area. Emerging economies, including China, Japan, India, and Australia, are experiencing spectacular growth with high demands, particularly from local markets. Of these, India and China are expected to become leaders in the specialty malt market due to high disposable incomes and changes in the lifestyles of the masses. The growing youth population is also stimulating the consumption of beer and various beverages as they spend more and change taste buds frequently and, in turn, fuel demand for the specialty malt market in this region during the predicted period. Recently, the Middle East and Africa have seen rapid demand for soft drink consumption and this trend is expected to remain the same throughout the outlook period. The increased flavor and the availability of various characteristics in soft drinks are presumed to drive industry demand.


Key Players in the Global Specialty Malt Market are GrainCorp Ltd. (Australia), Soufflet Group (France), Axereal Group (France), Viking Malt (Germany), Cargill, Inc. (U.S.), Malteurop Groupe (France), Bar Malt India Pvt. Ltd. (India), IREKS GmbH (Germany), Simpsons Malt LTD. (U.K.), Agromalte Agraria (Brazil).


  • In May 2016, Viking Malt acquired Carlsberg's subsidiary Danish Malting Group A / S (DMG). Danish Malting Group (DMG) has three malt houses (one in Denmark and two in Poland) with a combined annual capacity of 220,000 tons.
  • In April 2015, Malteurop North America, one of the leading providers of premium malt for the brewing industry, today announced the launch of its new product brand, Craft Master Malt. The new range of high-quality specialty kiln-dried malts expands Malteurop North America's offering to meet the specific malt needs of craft brewers in North America.


This research report on the global specialty malt market has been segmented and sub-segmented based on source, type, application & region.     

By Source

  • Barley
  • Wheat
  • Rye

By Type

  • Roasted
  • Crystal
  • Dark

By Application

  • Non-alcoholic Malt Beverages
  • Bakery
  • Brewing
  • Distilling

By Form

  • Dry
  • Liquid

By Region

  • North America
  • Asia Pacific
  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • Middle East, and Africa


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Frequently Asked Questions

1.What are specialty malts?

Specialty malts are a category of malted grains, typically barley, that have been processed in a way to develop specific flavors, colors, and characteristics. They are used in brewing and distilling to add complexity and depth to beverages.

2.What distinguishes specialty malts from other types of malt?

Specialty malts are differentiated by their unique processing methods, which may include kilning, roasting, or other techniques to achieve desired flavor, color, and aroma profiles. They are often used in smaller quantities compared to base malts in brewing recipes.

3.What are the main types of specialty malts available?

Common types of specialty malts include caramel/crystal malts, roasted malts (such as chocolate malt and black malt), smoked malts, biscuit malts, and specialty wheat malts. Each type contributes different flavors and characteristics to the final product.

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