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Development and Expansion
The Globalisation
from 1990 on


1990 At the beginning of February a heavy thunderstorm pulls down the roof of a storage silo. By a spectacular action with blowpipes it gets fragmented.

1990 In June, while Sabines pregnancy, Rolf Weyermann pays after a sudden heart attack the debt of nature, in his 70th year. With his death ends an era inside the Weyermann-Family. The young couple Sabine Weyermann and Thomas Kraus-Weyermann have to lead the company and get a helping hand by Ludwig Popp, member of the management crew.

1990 Franziska “Fanny” Weyermann, daughter of Sabine Weyermann and Thomas Kraus-Weyermann, is born on the 22nd of December.

1991 Special types of bags, called PP-bags, with the company logo and detailed corn type descriptions replace the old jute fibre bags, which were in use until now.

1993 Topping-out ceremony in the Weyermann plant! The management-trio Sabine Weyermann, Thomas Kraus-Weyermann and Ludwig Popp dare to make a courageous step into the future by constructing a new malt-house. Producer of the new facility is Hauner, closely connected with Weyermann-Family and company since years. The planning architect is K. H. Bottler.

1994 To satisfy the increasing need of packed malt specialties an automatic equipment to fill bags gets installed. By a telescopic conveyor a efficient charging is guaranteed.

1994 Together with the SJP Company a process control system gets installed. From the oncoming barley to the kiln and the end of the process all is able to document. The only one malt-house all over Germany that does have such an innovation is Weyermann Specialty Malt.

1995 A special strategy called “Open House” is the sign of the Weyermann Company from the 90th on. By approaching the customer in an active way, by a restart of the Weyermann registered malt trademarks and an own promotion a corporate identity comes into being.

1996 For the third time in its life the so called “Schlotfeger” moves into a new home inside of the Weyermann plant. The brewhouse which was inaugurated in 1950 reached to full capacity. That’s why the new brewhouse is built in 1996, once again by the solid and dependable Steinecker company in Freising. The machine house which was built in 1888 will be restored under observance of the conservation of ancient monuments. After a long time it will be used for other activities. To guarantee a high quality of Sinamar®, a GEA-drop-down-energy facility and a Schenk-extraction cleaner are installed. Producing in a fully automatic way, the whole brewery is integrated into the process control system of the malthouse. The canister bottling plant and the canister cleaning equipment work fully automatic too.

1996 Annemarie Weyermann, née Otto, the senior chief at the Weyermann Company, follows her husband Heinz Weyermann after 10 years into eternity. She died after a long disease, not achieving her 70th birthday. Her daughter Sabine Weyermann takes over the participations and leads the company, in terms of her parents.

1996 Sabine Weyermann and Thomas Kraus-Weyermann recognize the new trend regarding micro breweries (brewing restaurants), what makes them developing an overseas market in the United States of America, in Japan and South America.

1997 The director of the E.-T.-A.-Hoffmann-Theatre in Bamberg, Rainer Lewandowski, makes an old tradition come alive once again: Inside the Weyermann house he puts on stage the one-man story “Die Eisprinzessin” (The princess of ice) by Friedrich Karl Waechter with Karin M. Schneider as the leading part.

1998 Due to a modernisation of the whole grain receiving department following the obligations of the environmental protection, its capacity gets raised up to 80 tons per hour. The equipment does work quite dust-free.

1998 The high level of quality awareness gets codified with the successful certification according to DIN ISO 9001.

1999 Together with countless guests from more than 67 countries all over the world Weyermann Specialty Malt celebrates the 120th Anniversary following the Franconian way of life: down-to-earth, Frankish, happy!

2000 Maltster Heinrich Merkel gets a brilliant reason to celebrate: He is working for more 42 years in the Weyermann Company. Now he says Good bye and becomes a retiree.

2001 Roasting drum No. 6 gets installed at the end of the year, once more by Barth, Ludwigsburg. In February 2002 the first trial starts.

2001 Weyermann Malt does increase the malt production up to 60.000 tons of malt by taking over the Main Malz plant in Haßfurt. A perfect location with a small harbour at the Main river enables the shipment by water and ships.

2002 Fire damage inside the Weyermann plant. The 10th of April, 2002 is the day of a catastrophe when in the early morning a technical fault in the roasting drum causes a short-circuit inside the interruptible electricity supply. Due to this both of the roasting drums are no longer controllable. The cooling system collapses too so that the content of the roasting drums inflames by itself. A smouldering fire wraps some parts of the city in heavy smoke. Four firemen and two employees of Weyermann Specialty Malt will be injured by a deflagration and a blast wave. Around 8 o´clock in the morning the fire is under control. The material damage amounts to more than 1 million Euro.

2002 Ludwig Popp celebrates his 65th Birthday on the 20th of July, 2002.

2003 Weyermann Malt is a founding member and co-proprietor of MEG (The Malt Export Group) along with Müller Malts of Inkhofen and Bindewald Malts of Bischheim. In 2004 AGRARIA from Paraná, Brazil joins the group as a partner. MEG represents a total sales volume of near 350,000 t per year. The goal is a successful presence in the South American market. Further partnerships are well sought after.

2003 85th Birthday of Irma Weyermann, widow of Rolf Weyermann!

2003 The 100th Anniversary of Sinamar® gives the reason to celebrate!

2003 The great innovations inside the Weyermann plant are the so called “BigBag”-Abfüllanlage (a special equipment to fill the big bags very efficiently), the new laboratory and the experimental malthouse.

2004 125th Anniversary of the Weyermann Company. We paint the town red!

2004 The story of a prosperous company between local history and the world market: A book-project, concerning the history of the Weyermann Malthouse (founded in 1879) from the very beginning to a worldwide well-known and international leading factory of malt specialties, incorporates specific, commercial and local, regional and historical circumstances.

2005 Laying of the foundation stone for the new logistical centre on June 6th, along with the installation of the pilot malting facility, the other major project for the year 2005.

Since 2002 plans for a solution were in the works in order to accommodate the ever-growing demand for 25 kg sacks of Weyermann Malts. This resulted in the erection of a new logistics centre with a floor space of 3,600 square meters and includes a state-of-the-art bagging machine and pallet loader.

2005 On January 17, Weyermann Specialty Malts purchases the former Mittelberger depot in nearby Leesau with a storage capacity of 15,000 tons of grain. This will help to minimize dependence on suppliers and, with the full range of raw materials on hand, will also simplify production planning.

More than 500 farmers from the region between Bamberg and Kulmbach, which is world renowned for its outstanding malting barley, stand under contract.


2005 A further major investment at Weyermann Malting is the installation of a pilot malting facility, manufactured by Heavy Duty Products Inc. (HDP) of Cambridge (Ontario), a renowned Canadian manufacturer of pilot systems in the brewing and malting business since 1947.

The facility can produce up to 100 kg per batch. All of the same processes as in full-scale production malthouses can be simulated in the pilot malthouse. Its main functions are to test new barley and wheat species and to aid in developing new Weyermann malt products. The pilot malting facility is thus an extension of the 2.5hl (=1.527 U.S. bbl) Kaspar Schulz pilot brewing system installed in the summer of 2003.

"We are now able to test all variables, not only in theory and in our laboratory, but also in practice before committing to any new production measures." - Thomas Kraus-Weyermann.

2005 On December 15, 2005 the first bag of Carapils® travels from the production plant in the historical part of the enterprise over the bridge into the new logistics centre. The completion of the logistics centre takes place after a construction period of only 8 months. The planning phase took almost 2 years.


2005 Progress on the erection of the new logistics centre: Delivery and installation of the 19-m steel-bridge with a weight of 15 tons on November 30, 2005. The custom-built arc construction is installed using a crane hoisting the structure onto its supports on the historical old building at one end and the new building on the other. The "Weyermann Bridge" with a width of 3.36 m spans over Brennerstrasse, connecting the historical production site with the future logistics centre.

2006 Presence at major international fairs remains an essential part of the marketing activities of Weyermann Malting. Weyermann appeared personally at the "China Brew" in Beijing, China (Sept. 05-09, 2006) for the first time along with the Jinan Fruit Research Institute and Barth Haas (Beijing) Trade Co. Ltd.

2006 Revival of trade marks: Weyermann Malting recognizes the value and importance of its registered traditional trade marks. Malt types common in the brewing scene such as Carapils®, Carafa®, or Caramunich® are original registered trade marks of Weyermann Malting, nationally and internationally protected. Weyermann Malting is eager to hold the pool of the registered trade marks up to date and expand its variety of malt types and other products by registering new trade marks such as Cararye®, registered in 2006.

2006 The official inauguration of the new logistics center takes place on July 15/16, 2006 on a beautiful summer day. As with the other major events in 2003 and 2004, hundreds of customers, guests and friends from all over the world once again come to celebrate. An open house was arranged for curious Bamberg citizens wanting to have a look at the facility for themselves. This is a milestone in the history of Weyermann Specialty Malting Company!

2006 The friendly Weyermann gift shop located in the old bicycle cellar of the Weyermann administration building offers a wide variety of Weyermann merchandise for dedicated Weyermann customers, and serious homebrewers.

2006 At the 2006 Brewery Exhibition in Nuremberg Germany, domestic and international brewing world affiliates gather at the Malt Export Group (MEG) booth founded by the Weyermann Malting Company and their affiliates to enhance sales through increased public knowledge about their malt products.

After the Brau Beviale exhibition the traditional gathering of invited guests meet at the Weyermann festivity grounds for an evening of entertainment and relaxation.

2007 Thomas Kraus-Weyermann the Weyermann Corporate Manager, born on Feb, 01, 1957, under the sign of Aquarius celebrates his 50th birthday with family and friends from around the world. Since joining the Weyermann team in 1990, Thomas plays an important role in shaping the Weyermann’s Global image. Another valued member of the Weyermann team celebrating his 50th birthday is Werner Hornung. Werner holds an important role in the development of the last 25 years of the Weyermann company history. The Weyermann family and Weyermann company team members congratulate Thomas and Werner on their first 50years of life, Happy, Happy Birthday!

2007 The Weyermann Company is expanding customer service by offering pre-processed (cracked or milled) malt. In order to meet the demand for fresh processed malt by the Craft and Microbrewery industry, Weyermann now offers 70 different types of processed malt crushed to the customer’s specification.

2007 During the last 5 years the Bamberg community has seen a large decrease in companies who offer job training positions ranging from 64% to 48% in the Bamberg area. The Weyermann Company is supporting the local business economy by offering up to 10 specialty job training positions, as well as 30 internship positions yearly.

Due to the Weyermann’s influence concerning job training interests in the Bamberg community the Burger Meister has awarded the Weyermann Company the prestigious BAzubi award for their continued community support in conjunction with Kasper Schulz, a major Brewery production Company in Bamberg.

2007 Weyermann increases its malthouse production capacity by expanding Malt Kiln #4.
and by installing Malt Roasting Drum Nr. 7, in order to meet the growing demands of Weyermann specialty malt. The installation of the new Roasting Drum gives Weyermann the world’s largest Malt Roasting capability.

2007 The Homebrewer’s Day seminar, a two day event is held in historical Cunewalde located in the Oberlausitz region. Over 120 enthusiastic homebrewers from all over Europe attended the event.

The seminar was visited by members of the Weyermann staff and Weyermann Brew Master Oliver Honsel a graduate of Weihenstephan. As a result of the Weyermann products display homebrewers are developing a deeper appreciation for the Weyermann company and how Weyermann supports the homebrewing scene by offering smaller amounts of specially packaged malt designed for the homebrewer.

2007 October, 2007. After a lengthy planning process, the Weyermann Malting Company has finally selected a vendor for the installation of a fully automated bagging facility in its recently completed Logistics Center.

The selected vendor is Statec ( of Gleisdorf near Graz, Austria. Statec is a packaging and logistics technology company with global markets. Among Statec’s most recent orders were 15 complete packaging installations in India.

Importantly, the new Weyermann bagging equipment features integrated labeling technology that will allow the Company to print on the bags in seconds unique and crisp EAN product codes for easy scanning as well as other identification data such as malt varieties, process batch numbers and bagging dates. With this data, the new equipment records and traces all bags in an electronic data base, which makes it possible for Weyermann Malt to meet all applicable legal and labeling requirements of the European Union and of its worldwide markets.

The Statec bagging and labeling equipment can handle up to 900 bags of 25 kilograms each per hour. The purchase of this equipment is the final stage in a logistics investment program, which the Company started in 2005 with the installation an automated palletting system. The combined efficiencies resulting from these new integrated logistics installations ensure that Weyermann will continue to meet the ever increasing global demand for its malts in 25-kg bags for years to come.

2008 On January 8th, 100 years ago, Johann Baptist Weyermann, the company founder, filed a patent application for "J.B. Weyermann Sinamar®" at the Imperial Patent Register of Germany.

2008 Ship unloading in Haßfurt: At the beginning of the new year a cargo of wheat (approx. 1,100 t) is being unloaded with the help of a suction device (performance: 30 t/Std.). This is done for the first time since the acquisition of the Haßfurt enterprise in 2001.

In view of dramatically increasing costs of energy the interest in economical transportation solutions with bulk goods rises. With the traditionally direct connection to the Main port the Haßfurt branch possesses a promising strategic advantage.


2008 It gives us great pleasure to let you know that we have succeeded in registering Weyermann® Malt as a trademark – a brand, which, even without the ®-symbol, has already been a mark of quality, variety and dependability for more than one-and-a-quarter century.

Henceforth, therefore, the name and phrase Weyermann® Malt is reserved exclusively for us and we must document its actual use in the trade so that we can preserve and strengthen the legal protection of our brand.

The same, of course, applies to our other trademarks, Carapils®, Carahell®, Caramunich®, etc.

2008 Ever increasing demand for roasted malt requires new roasting capacities: The new roasting drum weighs 11,3 to. - with a height of 7m, width 3m and height 3,8m.

2008 Dr. Michael Flaemig, who just has successfully finished his Ph.D. in economics, enters Weyermann® Malting as assistant to the company management. Michael is grandson of Irma Weyermann.

2008 Sabine Weyermann celebrates her 50th birthday with family, staff, friends and customers from all over the world.

2008 CARAPILS® - the oldest of all Weyermann® „CARA“-trademarks celebrates the 100th. anniversary of its registration - an anniversary important for the national and international brewing scene. Carapils® stands in a row with other well-known German trademarks such as Erdal (1901), Leukoplast (1901), Vivil (1903), Penaten (1904), Chlorodont (1907), Ohropax (1907), Persil (1907), Labello (1909), Vim (1911) and Nivea (1912). Carapils® was and is the first registered trademark of the world for bright caramel malt.

The commercial relations of 1908 show impressive evidence of the national and international networking of the Weyermann® company. Beside the domestic market of Germany, bags of Carapils® went to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the Benelux countries, France, Italy and Spain, and also the United States of America, where breweries in Chicago and New York City were supplied. In 1928, the first bag of CARAPILS®, at the price of $ 6.50, was delivered to Anheuser-Busch. In historical perspective, Weyermann® Malting was a pioneer in protecting special malts internationally.

2008 In retrospect, the year 2008 again was a very successful year. Compared to the previous year, the production of malts and beer could be increased clearly. Concerning the production of roastmalt-beer, the past year was the second-best at all. There were altogether more than 10,000 loadings of malt and beer. In the logistics center, more than 800,000 bags of malt were shipped and 1,500 overseas containers were loaded and sent abroad. Apart from various large orders, Weyermann® Malting could win in 2008 nearly 200 new customers and additional sales partners in England, India and Slovenia.

Large investments in the two production sites in Bamberg and Haßfurt - as in the previous year - were done, e.g. the installation of roast drum No. 7, the automatic bagging machine and computer-operated loading machines for two drying kilns.

2008 The year 2008 did not only bring good news for the enterprise: Senior boss Irma Weyermann passed away peacefully on December 27, 2008. After the death of her husband Rolf in 1990, she had taken over his business shares and an associate for almost two decades. Irma had always been an open-minded and benevolent associate of Weyermann® Malts and a great example for the 4th & 5th Weyermann® generations. The funeral took place at the 90th birthday of their deceased husband.

2009 For the second time, Weyermann® malting has been nominated for the famous prize of the Oskar Patzelt foundation of Leipzig, this time recommended by the IHK (Chamber of Commerce and Industry) of Upper Franconia. According to the IHK recommendation, Weyermann® malting fulfills 2009 all five criteria: It creates and guarantees jobs and training positions, engages itself in the region and stands for good service, customer proximity and professional marketing. In addition to that, Weyermann® has a strong focus on innovation and modernization and shows a positive development of the enterprise.

2009 On Tuesday, February 10th 2009 Frederik Flämig (3.000 gramms / 53cm) - first son of Natascha and Michael Flämig (Weyermann® 5th Generation) - was born.

2009 On July 25th 2009, Weyermann® Malts invited more than 500 customers, wholesalers, forwarding companies and friends to its 130th Anniversary.

The party occured at the historical sight of the Weyermann® facilities in Bamberg and was a great event for customers and staff.

Picture: Weyermann® Wholesaler Spain, Xavier Galobart (l.) together with Spanish customers and the Weyermann® leadership, Sabine Weyermann, Thomas Kraus-Weyermann, Dr. Michael Flämig

2011 Various important happenings of the Weyermann® company history have their anniversary in 2011:

115th anniversary of the first and oldest trademark “Gambrinus MW Schutzmarke”

115th anniversary of participating on shows and exhibitions (achieving a very important award at the first show in 1896 – the Bavarian medal of the state for brilliant achievements and excellent quality of the products)

85 years ago – international registration of the Cara® family

65 years ago – the death of the councilor of commerce Dr. phil.h.c. Rudolf Weyermann

10th anniversary of the Weyermann® location Haßfurt

On the 11th of March 1896 the first and oldest Weyermann® trademark registration took place. It happened in Berlin at the imperial patent office. On the 11th of May the same year the patent got confirmed with the No. 16381. This is when the Weyermann® trademark and marketing history began. Hence the print of the 2010 Christmas print of the calendar with the theme “Gambrinus”.

In the same year 1896 Weyermann® participated at a show for the first time – it was the “Bayerische Landes-Industrie-Gewerbe- und Kunst-Ausstellung” in Nürnberg. (Bavarian Country-Industry-Commerce and Art-Show in Nurnberg)

After this show Weyermann® got awarded by prince regent Luitpold with the Bavarian state medal. Another gold medal was achieved in the same year in France at the "Exposition de Bordeaux" - "Pour des produits excellents et de l´exportation la plus entendue".
So it was already then, before the turn of the century, that Weyermann® was internationally active, especially in the French speaking countries. Already a year later in 1897 Weyermann® received another gold medal at the “Exposition Internationale” in Brussels, Belgium.

Besides 1896 the year 1926 is from utmost importance in the marketing history of Weyermann®. Carapils® got registered in Germany in 1908 and got confirmed in 1909.
1924 the national registration of CARAFA®, CARADUNKEL®, CARAWIEN®, CARAMÜNCH® and CARAHELL® followed, all being confirmed in 1925. In the following year 1926 – so 85 years ago (2011) – came the international registration of this CARA® family (Carapils®, CARAFA®, CARADUNKEL®, CARAWIEN®, CARAMÜNCH® and CARAHELL®). In this year, the peak of the “roaring twenties”, Weyermann® registered the trademarks worldwide.

In 1926 the registration for the trademarks was valid in the following countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Gdansk, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Luxemburg, Morocco, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Rumania, Serbia-Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Tunisia, Turkey. Further countries with direct registrations: Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden and last but not least the USA.
So the year 1925 is from utmost importance for the company’s history, as it was then, that Weyermann® clearly showed its direction to a professional and international marketing strategy of Weyermann® specialty malts.

2011 is the anniversary of the death of councilor of commerce Dr. phil. h.c. Rudolf Weyermann who died on the 6th of May in 1946, so 65 years ago.
And then years ago in October 2001 Weyermann® bought the Main Malz AG Meißner & Sohn in Haßfurt to extend its capacities.

2011 Whenever there is a chance, Weyermann® is securing historical documents of its 132 years of history. Lately Weyermann® got hold of an invoice dating the year 1923. This invoice was issued during the period of inflation, when fifty kilograms of malt cost 106000 Mark.
The letterhead proudly shows all the awards the company had achieved till then.
Weyermann® is looking forward to show this special piece in its museum from 2012 onwards.
Any hints for further historical Weyermann® treasures are much appreciated anytime.

2011 Since time immemorial picture postcards have enjoyed lasting popularity as historical records. At Weyermann® Malt we are delighted to be able to present a colourful impression of our company history in postcard form for Christmas 2011.

This includes pictures showing company progress at specific points in time in terms of technical advancement and expansion, cards that were sponsored as souvenirs of Weyermann® Malt brewers¹ open days, greetings cards as well as memento cards from trade fairs and important international exhibitions.

As token messengers ­ frequently associated with personal events ­ they bore our name quite early on and in this way
spread the word about special malts from Weyermann®
all round the world.

With 1.3 million Weyermann® sacks now in circulation as emissaries in 118 of the world¹s countries, we are inspired
by the idea of a global network of brewers ­ now as then.

This etching is part of a historic set from the Weyermann® family archives. In years hence, more examples from this series
will be forthcoming.

2012 890 years of brewing tradition in Bamberg - Around 1122, the Benedictine monastery on top of the Bamberg Michaelsberg was granted the right to brew beer by Bishop Otto of Bamberg (1060-1139). We are proud of 890 years of Bamberg beer history and to have shaped successfully 133 years of it. This is what we remember with this beautiful exhibit from our beer stein collection.

2012 Exactly 100 years ago, the Bamberg State harbor was officially inaugurated - by none other than Prince Ludwig of Bavaria, later King Ludwig III. of Bavaria. On the occasion of the inauguration of the port facilities (June 15-17, 1912) His Royal Sovereignty was guest of Johann Baptist Weyermann and his family. Prince Ludwig, the last Bavarian king, was very impressed by the production site and the huge success of the company. We remember his visit with the splendid Golden Book which he was the first to sign and an impressive throne-like leather arm chair - still in use in our conference room.

2013 Happy New Year - Prosit Neujahr!

Cover of the Weyermann® calendar of 1894 - one of our earliest promotional gifts. Two dwarfs brewing a magic potion against the background of the city of Bamberg with the imperial cathedral (4 towers) and St. Michael’s monastery (at the far right).

Cheers & greetings from the company’s archives!

2013 100 years old and still in use: The anvil of 1913 in our metalworking shop.

Mounted on a wooden base of solid oak, it has “forged” and accompanied a century of Weyermann® history. What stories could it tell?

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