The owner of the Portgordon maltings, near Buckie, has blamed higher grain prices at Harvest 2018 and caution from distillers for a drop in pre-tax profits last year.
A £50 million investment in infrastructure in Arbroath and Inverness will allow an additional 100,000 tonnes of Scottish barley destined for the burgeoning distilling trade to be malted within the country’s borders by 2022.
Scottish growers are moving away from winter barley to spring varieties, according to AHDB.
Winter barley has historically made little impact on the Scottish malting market but that could be about to change, according to Dr Bill Thomas of the James Hutton Institute (JHI).
While there is no legal requirement to source Scottish grain to produce Scotch whisky, most distilleries look to their homeland first for malting barley.
UK and European wheat and barley crops could be under threat from stem rust, warn scientists.
A Scottish researcher has been awarded more than £600,000 to tackle the problem of skinning in barley crops.
The amount of spring barley being grown by Scots farmers remains at a 10-year low, according to AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds.
Scottish scientists have found key genetic markers in barley which could help identify varieties which better meet malting specifications for grain whisky production.
A series of trials is taking place on Raasay to establish whether or not it is possible to grow malt standard barley on the island.
The new spring malting barley variety Laureate has won official approval for malt distilling and brewing.
A major scientific breakthrough which will help crop breeders develop more resilient varieties of barley has been announced by Scottish researchers.
Arable giant Syngenta has launched a new hybrid barley variety which it claims is capable of delivering the highest winter barley yields in Scotland.
The team behind the plan to build an International Barley Hub in Dundee expects to hear within days if the £68million project will be included in the Tay Cities Deal proposal.
British brewers have been accused of delaying advances in the cereals sector by dragging their feet over the trialling and adoption of new barley varieties.
The James Hutton Institute's (JHI) two-year campaign to create a £40million international barley hub has taken a stride forward with the backing of Deputy First Minister John Swinney.
China has given the green light to UK cereals companies to start exporting barley to its shores.
Combines have been slow to start rolling on many farms across Scotland but momentum is now building for harvest 2016.
A 35-acre field of winter barley has landed north-east farmer Sandy Norrie the champion title in this year's Turriff Show cereals competition.
Scottish growers have once more opted to grow more wheat and less barley this year, according to figures from AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds.
UK farmers could soon see shipments of their barley sent to China following the signing of a £20million trade deal.
At long last the Scottish spring barley harvest is under way in earnest with combines now making inroads into one of the latest maturing crops yet.
A block of Concerto spring barley has been crowned champion in this year's Royal Northern Agricultural Society (RNAS) growing cereals competition.
A well-known Moray farmer is trialling a new variety of spring barley.
Scottish growers have opted to grow more wheat and less barley this year, according to figures from AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds.
One of the UK's main maltsters has warned of a slow down in deliveries to the brewing and whisky sectors this year.
Scottish farmers have been key to the success of our national drink - Scotch Whisky - by increasing barley production nearly tenfold in the past 100 years.
The grain market is likely to remain in the duldrums until at least spring 2015, according to HGCA lead analyst Jack Watts.