Wheat use during the Covid pandemic was down less than half a percent on last year, according to a nabim survey.
This is despite early predictions that the figure could be down as much as 10 per cent, due to a drop in food service demand. The survey reveals that between February and June 2020, members used only 0.4% less wheat than in the same period in 2018-19.
Director general Alex Waugh said:
“In a typical year, a drop in production would be no cause for celebration or congratulations, but 2020 has been anything but a typical year. Mills have continued to meet the nation’s demand for flour despite staff absences, social distancing and changes to the work environment that have been imposed. This is testament to the additional work and effort of millers over recent months. It is also a positive sign for our industry.”