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
Liam leads the way for milling's new generation
  |  
Liam Melton is a shining example of a new generation taking the milling industry into the future. As technical milling co-ordinator at Whitworth Bros’ Wellingborough plant, Liam has full responsibility for flour production, maintenance planning, and providing technical support to the shift milling team. But ask him about how he got his big career break and the 25-year-old freely admits he owes it all to his Auntie Denise. “Denise has worked at Wellingborough for over 40 years and is currently the mill’s supply chain manager,” Liam explains. “When I was leaving school she suggested I came in to do some work experience. The job was helping her with filing, but the more I learned about what went on at the mill the more I was inspired to work there.” During breaks from his filing job, Liam was able to explore the workings of the plant and discovered that milling was nothing like he’d imagined. In particular he was fascinated by the technical side of the production process – and he realised that it opened up possibilities to fulfil his own ambitions. “I’ve always been technically minded, and I saw that there were lots of opportunities within the mill that would help me develop my skills,” he says. “It was a surprise, because like most people I had a very old-fashioned image of milling.” After leaving school Liam attended a local college to secure an NVQ in motor vehicle engineering, but when a lab trainee job came up at Whitworths he leapt at the opportunity. “From there it was a case of working up through the ranks and taking as many qualifications as possible,” he says. So far those qualifications have included a nabim intermediate certificate, Level 2 food safety in manufacturing and Level 2 in the principles of HACCP. “The job takes time to learn and only gets easier with experience – but if you’re keen and committed, a quick learner, a team player and computer literate you have all the basics to make a successful career in the industry. “Most people buy flour from the supermarket without ever wondering where it came from, and if they are aware of the flour milling industry they think we’re still working in windmills! “When I tell them about the technology that is involved, they’re amazed. People from outside the industry always seem to be fascinated by what I do. “The industry is largely unknown, yet within it there is scope to do so much, whether it’s sales or engineering. It’s a fantastic career and a great opportunity for young people.”   "My ambition now is to build up experience within the management structure to take the next step with Whitworths. But the best thing about your job is that every day is different, throwing up new and exciting challenges.” Liam has become an enthusiastic advocate for a career in milling, giving talks in schools and colleges.
Read more >>
Mungoswells are the pride of Scotland
  |  
Mungoswells have been given national recognition for their “inspired” response to increased flour demand during the Covid pandemic. In order to maximise production, the North Berwick-based farm and mill concentrated on producing an 85 per cent  extraction brown flour instead of separate white and wholemeal. The decision to mill just one grade of flour both simplified and sped up production to address a big backlog of orders with a nutritious and tasty solution for local suppliers and customers. As a result, the mill – which grows much of its own conventional and organic grain – has been named one of the UK’s “Bread Heroes” in the annual awards organised by the World Bread Awards after receiving dozens of nominations. “They have grafted non-stop throughout lockdown to supply their loyal community, meaning the shelves of our high street greengrocers and wholefoods shops were never empty,” said one of their nominators, Hannah Ewan, ‘It is in large part due to their unceasing hard work that we didn’t have the shortages seen in so many places.” Mungoswells initially built a small maltings in 2008 to take their own barley and wheat and convert it to malt ready for brewers and distillers to make beer or whisky. Having subsequently bought a mill to crush malt, they now have a facility which enables them to mill wheat to produce flour. Being partly organic and having the maltings had enabled them to produce a wide range of flours such at Malted Wheat Flour and the more common flours such as bread and plain flour.  
Read more >>