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At McCreath Simpson & Prentice, we have seven grain storage locations across the United Kingdom for growers of combinable crops, with a total capacity of more than 450,000 tonnes. 

Five of these are spread out across Scotland, while there are also more than 100,000 tonnes of storage split between our headquarters in Berwick-upon-Tweed and Fersfield in south Norfolk – both of which are used exclusively for malting barley for our malting division Simpsons Malt.  

All our grain storage locations have state-of-the-art cleaning, drying and laboratory facilities and are operated by friendly, knowledgeable staff, some of whom have decades of experience in achieving the high grain storage standards required by Simpsons Malt and our other end user customers. 

Berwick-upon-Tweed

The town of Berwick-upon-Tweed is home to the headquarters of both the malting division (Simpsons Malt) and agricultural division (McCreath Simpson & Prentice) of Simpsons Malt Ltd.  

Our Tweed Valley Maltings is the largest single malting site in the UK, producing around 200,000 tonnes of malt per year for the distilling industry, while it also has 70,000 tonnes of grain storage. 

As you may expect, the grain storage here is exclusively malting barley for the production of high-quality malts for the distilling industry. 

Craigswalls

Located just over the Scottish border between the village of Chirnside and town of Duns, the Craigswalls grain store is a 15-minute drive from our Berwick-upon-Tweed headquarters. 

It was acquired from Philip Wilson (Grain) Ltd in 2000 and provides 130,000 tonnes of storage in its 29 sheds and 13 silos. There are also three driers in operation. 

Its location is ideal as it is close to many of our farming partners throughout the Scottish Borders. 

Gladsmuir

Gladsmuir is the former headquarters of W.N. Lindsay Ltd – which Simpsons Malt Ltd acquired in January 2021 – and the grain store is situated just off the A1 in East Lothian, ten miles east of Edinburgh. 

It became the main base of W.N. Lindsay Ltd in 1980 and boasts modern facilities and outstanding access, with the store well placed in one of Scotland’s most fertile areas. 

Gladsmuir offers 60,000 tonnes of storage, with this comprising nine sheds and three silos. 

Stracathro

Situated in Angus, one of Scotland’s top malting barley growing areas, Stracathro is the largest of the four grain stores that were brought under the company’s ownership following the acquisition of W.N. Lindsay Ltd in January 2021. 

It is five miles east of the town of Brechin, just off the A90 – the main road connecting Dundee and Aberdeen – and was acquired by W.N. Lindsay Ltd in 2008, who made significant investments in the site, adding three new sheds to increase the drying capacity, while also upgrading the seed dressing plant. 

In total, Stracathro has 110,000 tonnes of storage across 12 sheds, while it can also dry 2,000 tonnes of barley per day in its four driers. 

Sidlaw

Sidlaw is the smallest of the company’s six grain stores, with a total capacity of 30,000 tonnes in 15 silos. 

It is located near the village of Burrelton in Perthshire and is 15 miles north-west of Dundee – the fourth-largest city in Scotland. 

Like our other grain stores, it is ideally situated in a popular region for growing malting barley. 

Keith

Located in the charming, historic town of Keith, which sits on the Speyside Malt Whisky Trail, Keith was the first grain store acquired by W.N. Lindsay Ltd back in 1973. 

It has a substantial storage capacity of 65,000 tonnes, comprising six sheds and 12 silos, while there are also three driers on-site. 

Keith is ideally located to serve farmers and growers in Morayshire and Aberdeenshire and has benefited from major investment throughout its lifetime, most recently with additional storage and new driers and handling equipment. 

Fersfield

Fersfield is located ten miles from the company’s Tivetshall St Margaret Maltings in south Norfolk, near to the town of Diss. 

A former RAF airfield that was used in World War Two, it was renowned for being the take-off point for the largely ill-fated Operation Aphrodite missions. These missions involved airplanes being stripped down and packed with explosives and flown by remote control into targets in Europe after pilots had manually got the aircraft airborne and parachuted out. 

One of the missions killed US Navy Lieutenant Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. - brother of the future US President John F. Kennedy and the eldest of the nine Kennedy siblings - after the aircraft he was piloting exploded prematurely over the village of Blythburgh in Suffolk. 

The total storage of Fersfield is around 35,000 tonnes, all of which is malting barley and used by Simpsons Malt for the production of malts for the brewing industry at the company’s Tivetshall St Margaret Maltings. 

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