Welcome to nabim
The association representing UK flour millers, virtually 100% of the industry

The flour milling industry plays a vital role in the UK. With a £1.25 billion turnover, the industry strengthens the economy and supports Britain's farmers by using predominantly homegrown wheat.  Flour milled in the UK also supplies Britain’s food and supports the nation’s health and wellbeing.  Bread was the most popular item purchased in 2018/19 with Kantar data showing that 99.8% of households buy it; and, among other things, flour provides 37% of the fibre, 35% of the calcium and 31% of the iron in our diet.

Find out more about the work, commitment and skills within the UK flour milling industry that provides quality, nutritious and safe products.

Latest news
Working together to combat COVID-19
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The C19 pandemic and the resulting nationwide lockdown have caused major disruption to our industry. As designated key workers everyone in the flour milling industry has responded superbly to the challenges of meeting increased demand and keeping the nation fed, and nabim has been working closely with various government departments to ensure they and their teams are fully supported on the ground. nabim has pressed for a number of supporting measures including: reminding Government of the key role played by the industry and the benefit of making covid testing available to keyworkers outside the healthcare sector once demand has been met ther Securing PPE supplies. While the flour milling industry is a relatively small user (just 2,000 masks per month), and use is to protect against dust not C19, certain production jobs cannot be undertaken without them. We have therefore emphasised to government that failure to maintain mask availability to the flour milling sector could have an adverse impact on flour supply A derogation for the labelling of flour in the event of a shortage of mandatory fortificants. Labelling guidance for industry in case of shortage of one or more minor ingredients Initially, the relaxation of drivers’ hours to all sectors (i.e. to include the primary sector) and the subsequent extension of relaxation to 31 May Support for critical transport infrastructure including GB-NI ferry routes. Director General Alex Waugh said: “Our members and the people in our businesses have been a credit to the industry. We are proud to be able to support them at this unprecedented time.”
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Our flour map
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Thousands of home-bakers have been using nabim’s new online map to track down commercial-sized bags of flour. And such has been the popularity of the Where Can I Buy Flour? map, it even “broke the internet” not long after going live. While supplies of commercial flour have been largely unaffected by the coronavirus lock-down, an unprecedented surge in demand has led to shortage of smaller 1.5kg-3kg bags on supermarket shelves. According to Director General Alex Waugh: “The problem, with regard to home-baking flour, is that ordinarily the market share is tiny – just 4 per cent of overall production. In response to the sudden spike in demand businesses have been running their packing lines 24/7 to produce twice as much retail flour as usual - the equivalent of 4 million 1.5kg bags each week, up from 2 million. Yet we are still struggling to meet demand.” In response, and working with wholesalers and bakers around the country, nabim created a UK-wide network of local bakeries, wholesalers and supermarkets able to provide the public with larger bags over 3kg. Since its launch last month, the resulting map has achieved over 3,000 visitors every day on the back of nationwide media coverage, with a peak of almost 20,000 visits on 29th April.  At one stage the numbers of hits even exceeded Google Maps’ capacity. Communications Manager Priya Nicholas said: “Apparently it’s almost unheard of, but we exceeded the first tier API usage and caused a temporary blip on the page. Safe to say we're now a full paid-up member of tier two and the map is back up and running!” It is our aim that anyone who wants flour has easy and affordable access to it. We update the map daily as we become aware of new retailers offering flour to home consumers. If you would like to be included in our map, please email us: info@nabim.org.uk  
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WHERE CAN I BUY FLOUR
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A new online map will direct home-baking consumers to retail outlets where they can purchase commercial-sized bags of flour. nabim has been working with retailers to create a nationwide "retail flour network" of sellers who can provide the public with bags over 3kg normally supplied to caterers and commercial businesses. The resulting map means people can now search for local bakeries, wholesalers and supermarkets where the larger bags are available for the general public to buy.  Since the coronavirus lock-down, a shortage of smaller 1.5kg-3kg bags on supermarket shelves has led to fears about supplies of flour nationally. However nabim says that the problem is due to the sudden surge in demand for smaller sized bags, and that supplies of commercial flour have been unaffected. Director general Alex Waugh says: “The problem, with regard to home-baking flour, is that ordinarily the market share is tiny – just 4 per cent, compared to the commercial sector. “There is no problem in milling enough flour, but the sudden spike in demand has led to issues in physically being able to pack enough small, household bags for distribution to supermarkets and grocery stores. Retail packing lines are running 24 hours a day, seven days a week and overall output has doubled in the past month.” Since the outbreak, nabim has set up an early warning system which enables its members to flag emerging problems before they become critical. This provides vital time for issues to be addressed both from the industry’s own resources and, where necessary, with the support of government or other parts of the food chain. “The message to consumers is that flour is in plentiful supply, and there is now a convenient way of finding places that sell larger bags,” says Mr Waugh. “On the bright side, it’s good to see so many people rediscovering the joys of baking at home! Hopefully this will continue once the current coronavirus situation is resolved.” The map can be accessed here. Retailers and other businesses who would like to be included in the network, or would like more details, should contact nabim at info@nabim.org.uk  
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