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
Grain tariffs confirmed in latest Brexit document 
Remember Brexit?  With all eyes on the coronavirus outbreak, it’s been easy to forget that the UK is still on schedule to leave the European Union in December – and last month the government published three related documents which will have a direct impact on our industry. The “UK Global Tariff” lists tariffs applicable from January 1, 2021, to goods from countries with which the UK does not have a preferential trade agreement. The document confirms that for wheat and flour existing tariffs will remain, and would therefore apply to goods imported from the EU if no deal is reached.  There will be no tariff on high quality wheat (although there is an error in the specification used, which nabim has taken up with DEFRA), but tariffs of £79 per tonne will apply to other grades of wheat and £143 to wheat flour.  Tariffs for rye and maize have been set at zero. The second document is a negotiating text which confirms the difference in approach between the UK and EU sides. Headline differences, such as fisheries, standards and the so-called “level playing field” will be the main points of discussion in the round of negotiations beginning on June 2. Finally, the government has released an interpretation of how the Northern Ireland protocol should be implemented – although it leaves many questions unanswered. To this end, nabim will be chairing meetings of the Arable Chain Advisory Group, which will address key questions affecting the grain sector. With negotiations ongoing between now and the end of the year, we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you advised of all new developments. Meanwhile it’s expected that regular nabim Brexit and trade-related conference calls will begin again toward the end of June, once the high-level summit to assess progress of UK-EU negotiations has taken place.  
nabim in the news
nabim and its members really hit the headlines last month, generating more than 25 news stories in both trade and mainstream media outlets.  Shortages of retail flour and where to buy it, the appointment of a new president and how the EU grains sector is navigating the COVID-19 crisis were just some of the items featuring the Association.   Elsewhere, W&H Marriages were a feature story in British Baker; Alexander Nelstrop was interviewed by ITV news; Ciaran Harkin featured on BBC Radio Foyle; Nigel Odlum appeared in an item for RTE radio on both the retail flour shortage and an overview of the milling process; and Emily Munsey contributed to an article in The New York Times (link goes to free version of the article on Press Reader). Meanwhile there was a hugely positive response to an article by Rob Munro, managing director at Carr’s Flour, which appeared in British Baker. Describing the industry’s reaction to the crisis Rob wrote: "So many firms have seen their teams triumph over adversity as we come to realise some of the hardest tests our industry has ever faced. Our mills responded by immediately increasing production, alongside implementing new procedures for social distancing and dealing with the labyrinth of logistical problems, knowing there was no blueprint for what would come next. Thanks to a mammoth effort by everyone at Carr’s, we were able to increase production by 30% at several of our mills from a standing start.” Rob also said he believed the market has become more nuanced since the initial spike, with food service declines offset by ethnic flours, pre-pack and national bakery demand.