Malt flour is a fascinating product that is used both in pet food and in the baking industry. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at this exciting product.

Malt flour is obtained from various types of grain such as barley, wheat, rye or spelt. We supply barley malt flour or, on request, wheat malt flour to our B2B partners. During the malting process, the grain germinates under precisely defined conditions (humidity, temperature and time). The kiln-dried grain is degerminated to produce malt. It is then roasted and processed. The degree of roasting determines the colour of the resulting flour, which can vary from light to dark. This also influences the colour of the animal feed or the baked bread.

After roasting, the malt is ground into malt flour. It has a high content of activated starch-splitting alpha-amylase. The alpha-amylase enzyme breaks down the storage carbohydrate starch into its components. It makes starch usable for the organism. This process begins in the mouth – it symbolises the start of the digestive process.

Grainli® offers malt flour in various packaging sizes and transport types.

Why malt flour for cats?

Malt flour is a particularly popular dietary supplement for cats. The main benefit is hairball reduction: cats are known to groom themselves extensively. In doing so, they often swallow loose hair, which can clump together in the stomach to form unpleasant hairballs. The malt flour in the food helps to bind these hairs and support the digestive tract.

The malt flour also gives the food a special flavour thanks to its delicate taste. Many cats love the malty flavour.

Cat food variants

Malt paste for cats: This paste contains malt flour and helps to reduce hairballs.

Dry food with malt: Some special types of dry cat food contain malt flour to aid digestion.

However, the malted grain should be used in moderation as it can have a laxative effect. For cats, one teaspoon per day is often sufficient. It is important to note that the dosage and use of malt flour can vary depending on the animal species and individual requirements.

Malt flour for other pet food products:

In dog food

Malt biscuits for dogs: Malt flour can also be found in dog biscuits. These biscuits are often tasty and also serve to aid digestion.

Supplementary food: Supplements that promote digestion utilise the functionality of malt.

For small animals and birds: Malt flour can also be included in special feed mixtures for rodents such as rabbits or guinea pigs, as well as for birds, to aid digestion.

If required, we can supply all large animal feed companies.

Malt flour for the baking industry

Malt flour has a long and varied history from traditional bakeries to modern trends – malt flour plays an important role in the world of baking.

In dough, malt flour provides some remarkable effects

Leavening and loosening: The starch broken down in the dough serves as food for the yeast. This makes the dough rise better and looser. When baking, the malt flour gives the baked goods a typical malty flavour and a beautiful crust colour. It is an insider tip for anyone who wants to enhance the flavour of their baked goods.

Malt flour is mainly used in baked goods because of its aromatic flavour. Whether in sourdough bread, baguettes or sweet pastries, malt flour is a versatile flavouring for every baker.

Tradition and trend

The flour was used in baked goods as early as the 19th century. Today, it is making a comeback and has become a real trend product, so much so that it is now also used in pet food.

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Malt extract, derived from malted barley, plays a crucial role in various industries, providing unique flavors, aromas, and essential nutrients. This article delves into the use and functionality of liquid and dried malt extract, exploring their applications across diverse sectors.

The main difference between liquid and dried malt extract has to do with the shelf life of the products. Dried malt extract is easier to handle and has a much longer shelf life as liquid malt extract.

When you tell someone about malt extract, the first reaction will be that it has something to do with beer. That is true, but malt extract is an ingredient with many functionalities in as many different industries as well.

Within the (home) brewing industry liquid malt extract is used as a replacement for malted barley. It shortens the production time for the brewer. Another application with the brewery is when the wort doesn’t have enough body to ferment, they add malt extract. The fermentation needs the sugar to create the alcohol. With both liquid malt extract and dried malt extract you influence the flavor profile and alcohol content of the final product.

Another market that utilizes malt extract is the beverage industry. In many countries malt drinks are very popular. They are produced in the original version but there are also many varieties with fruit flavors. The other part of this industry are the non-alcohol beer types which are produced in countries where the brewing of beer is not allowed.

One of the biggest markets for malt extract is the food industry, especially in the baking sector, but also in the following industries:

  • Confectionary
  • Breakfast Cereals
  • Instant Soup and Sauces
  • Ice Cream
  • Readymade meals
  • Savory food items
  • Dairy
  • Food supplements
  • Meat replacers

The functionality of malt extract in these markets is very diverse.
The main functionalities are:

  • Texture
  • Appearance
  • Taste


When malt extract is used the texture of the baked products will improve. It homogenizes all ingredients and improves the layering of the final product. It also helps the yeast to add more air to the final product. Beside this, it helps to improve the shelf life of the product. It is a good humectant which make sure that the baked products stay longer fresh.


Malt extract is giving the final product it’s best appearance possible. With baked goods it will give a very nice golden color. If you have malt extracts that are rich in colour, this will give the final application a better appearance, otherwise the taste of the applications will change.


The taste of the final applications with the inclusion of malt extract will have a rich malty flavor, but it will also improve the taste of the other ingredients. It will pronounce all flavors well without the overwhelming sweet taste when you are using other natural sweeteners.

Beyond these functionalities, malt extract serves as a natural source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. In the pharmaceutical industry, malt extract is used as a nutrient source in the production of liquid medications and dietary supplements. It also helps mask the bitter taste of many active ingredients in tablets and capsules, acting as a binding agent in pharmaceutical formulations.

One of the most surprise markets who are using malt extract is the cosmetic and skincare industry. As malt extract is a product which can hold moisture very well, it is seen as a humectant. In lipstick it will keep the lip moist, but also in other cosmetic products it will add moisture to the skin.

The last but more well know market for malt extract is the petfood industry. It has proteins and carbo hydrates which are used in pet food for small animals and fishes. Especially in cat food and treats, malt extract is a common ingredient. It helps the cat to digest the hairballs better. Even in horse feed malt extract is used. Besides the nutricial values, malt extract improves the palatability of animal feed. The sweet taste makes sure that many animals like the products which are made with malt extract.

Strong points of liquid and dried malt extract:

Versatility: Both liquid and dried malt extract can be used across various industries, demonstrating their adaptability.

Nutritional Value: Both forms offer a natural source of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

Shelf Stability: Dried malt extract, in particular, has a longer shelf life and is easy to store and transport.

Flavor Enhancement: Liquid malt extract enhances the flavor and aroma of food and beverages, making it a preferred choice in the culinary world.

Ease of Use: Dried malt extract simplifies the brewing process, making it accessible to both homebrewers and commercial breweries.

In conclusion, liquid and dried malt extract stand as indispensable ingredients with diverse functionalities and widespread usability. From the brewing kettle to the kitchen pantry and beyond, these extracts continue to leave their mark on various industries, contributing distinctive flavors, nutritional benefits, and ease of use to an array of consumer products.

Grainli® is your expert for liquid and dried malt extract: Let’s get in touch!

Oats have experienced a renaissance in cultivation and consumption in recent years. Until the 1950s, oats were very important in cultivation, mainly as fodder for draught horses. With the mechanisation of agriculture, draught animals and thus oats lost their importance and the area under cultivation declined sharply.

Today, oats are grown for the production of flakes, cereal mixtures and plant drinks and have regained importance. However, the focus is on the production of food and no longer on feed, although oats are still grown for horse feed today.

Oats must fulfil certain quality characteristics depending on their intended use. On the one hand, this is the hl weight, which provides information about the size of the grains. This is essential for the production of flakes. Large grains = large flakes. Oats for flake production should have hl weights of over 54 kg, but at least 52 kg.

The fat content is another parameter that varies depending on the growing region and variety. Oats from Ireland and the United Kingdom, for example, have a higher fat content than oats from Scandinavian countries and northern Germany. The hullability of the oats also plays a role for the mills.

In Europe, oats are a summer crop, sown in spring and harvested in summer. This means that oats fit into the crop rotations that have now been extended again in arable farming. This simplifies weed control and enables the integration of catch crops.

In the Scandinavian countries, oats have always been very important due to the short growing season (summer harvest). To this day, high-quality oats are imported from Finland and Sweden for processing in Western Europe and Germany. Stable, dry weather in the weeks before harvest is favourable for the quality of the oats and reduces the risk for the farmer. A continental climate is therefore suitable for growing oats. In addition to Finland and Sweden, the Baltic states and Poland are therefore also origins for oats. The growing market for “oat drinks” as a milk substitute has given oats a boost in recent years, in addition to the trend towards a healthy diet. The factories process hulled and flaked oats, which is why the mills process additional oats for this industry.

Grainli® is active in all European oat-growing regions and offer customised qualities and logistics from the regions.

New Group HR Manager at Grainli® GmbH & Co. KG and Heinrich Brüning GmbH

Hamburg, 12.12.2023 – Since 16 October 2023, Jana Lena Groß has been the new Group HR Manager at Grainli® GmbH & Co. KG and Heinrich Brüning GmbH in Hamburg. She is responsible for the HR departments of both companies.

Jana Lena Groß will be part of the management team of both Brüning and Grainli® and will report directly to Andries de Groen, Managing Director of both companies. With her extensive experience as an HR manager and systemic coach and her expertise, Jana will be a valuable asset to the Brüning and Grainli® teams. The companies are convinced that her skills will help to further develop HR strategies and strengthen employee retention. Jana will work part-time, four days a week, splitting her time equally between the two companies.

“With Jana as the newest member of our management team, we are taking a decisive step in our ‘Equally Amazing’ strategy,” says Andries de Groen. “At both Grainli® and Brüning, we are committed to equal opportunities and diversity of ideas. Our team at Grainli® currently consists of 54 per cent women and 46 per cent men, while at Brüning 45 per cent of our employees are female and 55 per cent male. We are also particularly proud of the fact that around 35 per cent of our colleagues at Grainli® have international roots and therefore bring new ideas and perspectives to our company. I am delighted that Jana is part of our management team and I am convinced that she will make an important contribution to our continued success.”

Andries de Groen

Jana’s responsibilities will include the development and implementation of tools to achieve the company’s goals. She will also be involved in the recruitment of new staff. She will also advise on employee development, performance and retention. HR management, HR strategy and HR budgets are also part of her remit.

As a Hamburg native, Jana has remained loyal to the west of Hamburg. She lives here with her husband and two children (aged 1.5 and 3). When the family is not travelling (preferably to faraway places, but Denmark is a must once a year!), Jana enjoys cooking and keeps fit with Zumba, yoga and skiing.

Press contact Grainli® GmbH & Co. KG and Heinrich Brüning GmbH
Jennifer Bortchen

Don’t worry darling, the supergrains have it all under control! We’ll fill it back up for you.

These tiny powerhouses are not just for health-conscious humans; they’re now making a splash in the food & pet food industry too! Let’s explore why chia seeds are becoming a go-to ingredient for both our meals and our pets’ treats.

First off, chia seeds are a total nutritional bomb! They’re loaded with omega-3s, protein, fiber, and all those good-for-you minerals. Adding chia seeds to your smoothies, salads, or granola bars gives them an extra kick of nutrients and a nice crunch.

But here’s the cool part – our pets can benefit too! Pet food companies are hopping on the chia bandwagon, using these little wonders to keep our furry friends healthy and happy. The omega-3s in chia seeds are great for pets’ skin, coats, and overall well-being. Plus, the fiber keeps their tummy happy and running smoothly.

The best part? Chia seeds are gluten-free and hypoallergenic for pets, so they’re safe for our four-legged buddies with food sensitivities. And hey, they’re eco-friendly too! Chia plants need way less water and land than other crops, making them a sustainable choice.

So next time you’re looking for a nutritious boost, don’t forget about chia seeds. Whether you’re whipping up something yummy for yourself or treating your pet, these tiny seeds pack a powerful punch. Let’s embrace the chia craze and make our meals and our pets’ meals a whole lot healthier!

Please contact us if you would like to buy larger quantities of chia or require further information.




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