Call for support to set up ‘commercial’ flour mills


Calls for the establishment of a commercial flour mill in Ireland are being made as wheat prices are expected to rise by 40pc.

did not come as concerns about wheat supplies from Ukraine and Ireland lack any large-scale flour mills, with consumers warning that they should be prepared for “significant” price increases for bread in the coming weeks.

Fianna Fail’s Senator Malcolm Byrne raised the issue at the Seanad this week, asking Business, Employment and Retail Secretary Damien English whether he could assist in setting up a flour mill.

Minister English said the bread industry had representatives on the impact of flour and the cost of gas on the prices of bread and other products and that his ministry would look into the feasibility of processing flour.

Senator Byrne said the average person in Ireland eats 54kg of flour a year and about a quarter of the country’s wheat comes from Ukraine and there would clearly be a big impact if wheat from that region doesn’t contribute. to the world supply.

Normally, wheat is sown at this time of year to produce a late summer-autumn crop but due to the ongoing war, carrying out normal agricultural work is not possible. Wheat prices were up 20pc before the invasion.

Senator Byrne also highlighted the lack of support so far that people who want to open their own factories have received.

“There were two brothers in County Wexford, Andrew and Raymond Kavanagh, who were given permission to plan a complete commercial plant. They have yet to receive much support from Enterprise Ireland, although there has been some discussion around the Brexit adjustment reserve fund,” he said.

Irish Grain Growers Group (IGGG) President Bobby Miller said bread prices could rise as a €20/ton tax would be imposed on flour, increasing consumer prices.

“Most of the flour we import is GM and just increases our carbon footprint,” he said. “Almost none of the ingredients in the pan bread are Irish-style.”

Since the war in Ukraine began, prices have increased by at least another 40pc, according to the chief executive officer of Pat the Baker, which also owns Irish Pride. Declan Fitzgerald told the Irish Independent that people should be prepared for a “significant” price rally.

He warned the upcoming bull run would be “something we’ve never seen before”.

“We’re not going to do anything other than pass on the extra costs,” he said. “It’s a very, very dire situation.” He declined to say how much the price of a loaf of bread could rise, in part because the price of flour is changing daily. Call for support to set up ‘commercial’ flour mills

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