By the late 1800´s the main migration wave of German colonists arrived to the south of Chile. They settled in a radiant virgin area, where they introduced their customs and life style; they brought and introduced malt and beer in Chile, as well as barley cultivation. We began producing malt in 1896 with the Maltería de Talagante (Talagante Malting Plant), under the company founded by two Germans, the Llorens Brothers, who accompanied and encouraged the development of beer in Chile. Afterwards, in 1916 the Chadwick family bought the malting plant, which later changed its name to Malterías Unidas S.A due to what was a period of consolidation and investment in other malting plats in Chile.
Today Maltexco S.A., former Malterías Unidas S.A., is the main producer of malts and special malts in Chile.