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To administer the selection of new malting barley varieties and ensure adequate publicity.

The Malting Barley Committee is constituted with two members from each of the three funding bodies – MAGB, BBPA and SWA.  The MBC may co-opt members from those parts of the malting brewing and distilling industries responsible for purchases, technical advice or macro-scale testing; these members can vote on technical matters but not constitutional matters.  The Committee is supplemented by one each from AIC (Seeds), AHDB and BSPB plus the Secretariat provided by MAGB.  The MBC may co-opt others to assist their business; such members will be non-voting members on the MBC, BUT they may be asked to participate in discussion and vote on appeals.  A vote will only be taken within the MBC when requested by one or more of the voting members.

The Chairman will normally be from MAGB and will serve for two years, supported by a Deputy Chairman, who in normal circumstances will be Chairman designate.  The Chairman will not normally vote but in the event of a tie, he has the casting vote.

To achieve sound decisions, it is important that the industries are properly represented at MBC meetings.  Where an industry representative is unable to attend, an alternate should be present from the same business.

 

Terms of Reference

To administer a joint industry committee for the selection of new malting barley varieties and to ensure the continued supply of good quality raw materials for malting, brewing and distilling purposes.

Funding

In proportions 2:1:1 respectively from the three trade sources – MAGB, BBPA and SWA.  Some of the MAGB commitment is in-kind, including the time and expenses of the staff member heading up the administration of the committee.

Objectives
  1. To administer a joint industry committee for the selection of new malting barley varieties and to ensure the continued supply of good quality raw materials for malting, brewing and distilling purposes.
  2. To oversee the operations of the MBC Micromalting Group (MMG).
Publicity

i.  Cereals Events
ii.  Newsletter/via AHDB
iii. Websites

Issues

The committee will have the authority to demonstrate acceptance of new and existing malting barley varieties by the award of an asterisk which signifies such approval.  This is known as MBC Approval.