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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
Next generation shines at Wrights
  Richard Phipps was 15 when he decided he wanted a career in the food industry. Two years later he was working in a factory which mass-produced chicken, salad and pizzas. Fast forward another 20 years and Richard is talking to First Break from Switzerland, where he is taking part in a course run by Buhler Group, the multinational technology giant. The course, held at Buhler’s headquarters in Uzwil, offers access to state-of-the-art milling machines as well as the very latest in lab analysis and cereal science.   “It’s been a fantastic experience, but I’m looking forward to getting home – even though it’ll be full-on as usual,” he laughs. Home is Wright’s Flour Mill in Enfield, where Richard is mill manager. Aged 37, he took the position in August last year after five years as factory manager at Wright’s food ingredients business. Previously his career had included stints with Grain D’Or, EAT and Uniq Prepared Foods. “As factory manager I’d reached the stage where I was ready for the next push, and David Wright suggested I study for an MBA through the apprenticeship levy. This meant when the head miller left last year I was in a position to step up. “But I’m in an industry where there is always more to learn and ways to improve. For someone who has always wanted to be a part of the food sector it has been a golden opportunity.” Richard admits that milling suffers from something of an image problem, especially among the younger generation. “I was naïve about the industry when I first started. Like many people I thought it was very old and traditional – the Windy Miller cliché. But while the fundamentals of milling process itself have not changed, modern mills are now packed with state-of-the-art technology and there are all sorts of career opportunities available. “The challenge the industry faces is getting the message out there to the next generation.” Encouragingly, the industry is increasingly attracting graduates who might not have considered milling as a career. Rebecca Borley, 24, initially came to Wright’s on a placement while studying at the University of Reading. Working initially as a lab operative she benefitted from final year sponsorship and is now a QA team leader, managing a three-strong squad. “I always wanted to work in the food industry, but it wasn’t until I came to Wright’s that I saw the opportunities to progress my career,” she says. “The company has been incredibly supportive, and I am learning all the time. I would recommend it to anyone, like me, who has an interest in the sector.” According to managing director David Wright, both Rebecca and Richard are shining examples of the company’s policy of nurturing young talent. “It’s vital that we actively encourage the next generation of millers, and Rebecca and Richard have shown what is possible in our industry with ambition, talent and hard work,” he says.
2020 UK Wheat Harvest
Despite the headlines, a clear picture of the harvest has not yet properly emerged.  Coronavirus distancing measures have meant that sample taking and analysis from farms is proceeding more slowly than usual; when combined with the very variable mid-late August weather, this has resulted in a more uncertainty than normal.  We do know, however, that it will be small with many predictions around 10 million tonnes – down from 16 million tonnes last year. A crop of 10 million tonnes would represent the the largest season-on-season drop (% and actual tonnage) in UK wheat production since records began in 1892. It seems likely that both yield and quality will be variable.  The smaller UK crop and lack of farmer selling have pushed delivered prices for bread wheat in the benchmark region of North West England up by nearly £50 per tonne (30%) compared with 2019.  The possibility of an import duty of £79 per tonne being applied to wheat from the EU from Jan 1 2021 simply adds further pressure to the market meaning that a big import programme this autumn seems inevitable. More clarity will be sought on tariff policy as negotiations on future trading arrangements with the EU progress in the next few weeks. There has been quite a bit of media interest in this subject, and Paul Munsey did a great job of explaining the situation on BBC news.  nabim has also been keeping government informed of the situation throughout the summer. We will continue to seek clarity on tariff policy as negotiations on future trading arrangements with the EU progress in the next few weeks.