The Boortmalt deal presented to farmers “simply makes a mockery of Irish grain”, Irish Grain Growers Group has said.
“Irish grain can stand up on its own to two feet, we do not need to compare it to a MATIFF or FOB Creil price,” according to a statement from the group.
“Irish grain used for the brewing and distilling industry has a unique provenance, GMO-free, glyphosate-free, fully traceable and the highest-quality grain in the world. When did Guinness/Diageo use foreign barley from the likes of Hungary or France to promote their beers? Never.
"To compare Irish barley with what we believe Boortmalt imported this year is like comparing a full Irish breakfast with a French croissant, yet they had to pay substantially more for the French croissant.”
IGGG said that if Irish tillage farmers are to be economically sustainable they must get:An increase in the Cassia contract grain prices of at least €20/t. A minimum of €70/t over Irish feed barley prices for brewing barley.A minimum of €100/t over Irish feed barley prices for distilling grade barley.
The Irish grain growers question the ability of the IFA leaders to confront Boortmalt fully on the issues of difference. They say the IFA is negotiating “with their hands tied behind their backs”.
To compare Irish barley with what we believe Boortmalt imported this year is like comparing a full Irish breakfast with a French croissant
“What is in the original memorandum of agreement and what is contained in the code of conduct that IFA agreed to on behalf of growers?” IGGG asks.
“Why are IFA suggesting that they head to Guinness to demonstrate rather than the gates of Boortmalt whom IFA deal with directly? Growers need answers as to why IFA are so limp when farmers see the distilling industry booming in front of their eyes.
"Boortmalt and IFA are coming with the same routine every year – drag the negotiating out until farmers start sowing then it's game over for another year."
Boortmalt and growers at an impasse