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Research & Development

The flour milling industry has a long history of investment in R&D both through individual companies and on a collective basis. The industry established its own research association in the 1920s, which after a series of mergers is now part of Campden BRI, the leading UK food research association.

What research does the UK milling industry sponsor, fund and participate in?

The industry continues to sponsor research in a wide range of areas, including the development of new wheat varieties, improving wheat quality and functionality for end use, techniques for maintaining product safety, hygiene and testing, and methods for process control.

The UK Flour Millers R&D Committee has an overall research strategy for the flour milling industry and oversees all R&D work commissioned by the Association or in which the industry has a direct interest in.

Knowledge Sharing

UK Flour Millers recognises that partnerships, collaboration and knowledge sharing are key to translating research and innovation into genuine benefits for the industry. To support this we host an annual event that bring together leading researchers to discuss current projects that relate to processing, nutrition and wheat development.  The event is aimed at all staff in member companies with an interest in research and technical developments. Members and Associate Members of UK Flour Millers can access presentations from the previous

events here.

Gold Medal Research

The UK Flour Millers offers top students, once they have completed the flour milling training, the opportunity to submit a thesis and be considered for a gold medal. 


Crop Improvement Research and Technology Club

UK Flour Millers is a member of the BBSRC CIRC along with the 13 other organisations from within the chain. This club aims to support innovative research projects within academia that address generic, pre-competitive research challenges faced by club members.


The current industry contributions from these members over 5 years will amount to £560k, together with the 9:1 contribution from the BBSRC and an additional £500k promised by the Scottish Government, this gives a total funding pot of £7.06M. A steering group consisting of 15 representatives guides the work of the club.

Further information can be found on the CIRC Website.


Diet and Health Research Industry Club

UK Flour Millers is a member of the BBSRC DRINC. A £12M, 5-year partnership between BBSRC and a consortium of leading companies, aimed at helping the food industry develop products that deliver enhanced health benefits for consumers.

DRINC’s themes are improved understanding of healthier diets, including the effect of food components on energy intake and how foods might be designed to have precise nutritional properties, and bioactives in foods, including the understanding of how beneficial compounds work and how health claims may be verified.

Further information can be found on the DRINC Website.


All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture 

UK Flour Millers is a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture (APPGSTA), a group formed in March 2008 to provide a forum for Parliamentarians and other interested parties to debate and highlight the value of science and technology in agriculture. More information regarding the group, including meeting dates and minutes of past meetings, can be accessed on the website.

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