Supermalt is a malt drink that is non-alcoholic and caffeine free. It has a high content of B vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and has a balance of carbohydrates that supposedly allows instant absorption. It is very dark brown in colour, and has a sweet flavour. Supermalt may be purchased in 330ml glass bottles, or cans, sold individually or in their respective six-packs. Supermalt is produced by Royal Unibrew A/S in Denmark. It is most popular among the African and African-Caribbean community.[citation needed]

ProductionEdit

Non-alcoholic malt drinks can be made by either the traditional brewing method, where barley is steeped into malt and then brewed into a creamy, rich consistency, or made like a soft drink by using malt extract. Supermalt uses traditional brewing skills for all its non-alcoholic batches.[1]

The main difference between non-alcoholic malt drinks with non-alcoholic beers is that malt drinks are usually sweet and always dark in colour. The sweet notes are a combination of naturally occurring glucose, fructose, saccharose, maltose and maltotriose.

Various products of Supermalt are sold worldwide in more than 70 countries,[1] and are mostly popular in the African and African-Caribbean societies in the UK. The primary consumer target group for malt drinks is the African-Caribbean population, which represents more than 1 million people in the UK, London being the largest single European market for malt drinks.

Nutritional ValueEdit

Supermalt is made solely from raw materials of vegetable origin, except for the B-vitamins, which are synthetic nature-identical ingredients. No animal products are used so Supermalt is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.[2]

Supermalt's nutritional values (compared to milk, orange juice, cola and beer):

Per 100 ml* Supermalt® Milk (semi-skimmed) Orange Juice Cola Beer
Calories (kJ/kcal) 270/67 204/49 182/43 168/40 162/39
Fat (g) 0.00 1.60 0.10 0.00 0.00
Carbohydrates (g) 15.00 4.90 9.90 10.10 2.70
Proteins (g) 0.80 3.50 0.60 0.00 0.30
Vitamin B1 (mg) 1.40 0.04 0.06 0.00 0.00
Vitamin B2 (mg) 0.80 0.18 0.03 0.00 0.03
Vitamin B3 (mg) 7.40 0.10 0.30 - 0.30
Vitamin B5 (mg) 1.50 - - - -
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.70 0.05 0.05 0.00 0.04
Vitamin C (mg) 5.00 1.00 39.00 0.00 0.00
Calcium (mg) 8.00 123.00 10.00 20.00 7.00
Iron (mg) 0.10 0.00 0.20 0.10 0.00

*Variation may occur in each category.[3]

Product variantsEdit

  • Powermalt – rich in antioxidants and has higher malt content as it is brewed with four different types of barley malts.[4] Specially developed for more energy or to enhance performance.
  • Supermalt Plus – based on the original Supermalt, but enriched with ginseng and aloe vera.
  • Supermalt Fusion – the fruity, lighter alternative to the original Supermalt, with either apple, mango or pineapple.
  • Vitamalt – a less-specialised variation of the original Supermalt.

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