The flour miller is a primary food processor
The flour milling industry plays a central role in the cereal chain, turning safe & quality grain from many different farms into a range of flours for human consumption.
Harvest seasonality & continuous process
Flour millers process wheat and other agricultural raw materials, the availability of which is subject to seasonality and climate variations. Flour mills, like any other primary processing plants, have to ensure their continuous supply, as their transformation process cannot be interrupted.
Large volumes to reach economies of scale
The processing of agricultural bulk commodities requires the transformation of large volumes to reach economies of scale and be profitable. Typically, primary food processors are small margin businesses.
Business to business
The flour millers sell most of their flours B2B to downstream food manufacturers. As food business operator, the flour miller has key obligations deriving from the EU food safety legislation.
The European flour milling association is a founding member of the EU Primary Food Processors association in Brussels.