A state-of-the-art, brand new mill is the reason Farmers Mill
Flour is providing bakers throughout the country with uniquely
customised, fully traceable flour and baking supplies.
Farmers Mill, based in Timaru, boasts new milling equipment which has
been designed to mill New Zealand wheat to an exceptionally high
standard and produces premium biscuit, all-purpose baking, cake, pastry
and bread flours to unique, high end specifications.
Since its opening in June last year, the business has grown
substantially to become a leading producer for the New Zealand baking
industry supplying to iconic brands such as Griffins Foods, Couplands
Bakeries, French Bakery and Baker Boys. Examples of key retail outlets
using Farmers Mill flour for artisan breads and pastry based products
include Little and Friday in Auckland and Rangiora Bakery in Canterbury.
At an "Innovation and Product Launch" function at Christchurch
Polytechnic Institute of Technology last night, CEO of Farmers Mill,
Grant Bunting, told guests the Mill is a fast growing significant, 100%
New Zealand business with a great story to tell.
"Farmers Mill flour is traceable from the paddocks of the arable
South Canterbury plains all the way to consumers? plates. We produce an
excellent range of mainstream flours and we are proud of our ability to
uniquely customise our flour to suit larger, industrial volumes," he
The business has recently developed a range of flour based mixes
which have Farmers Mill premium flour as the base. The products include
brioche mix and a "sought after" buttermilk scone mix.
The company?s strategic relationship with French multinational yeast
supplier, Lesaffre, has also enabled Farmers Mill to extend its premix
range considerably to include Lesaffre products. The range is extensive
and includes Gluten Free cakes and breads alongside traditional mixes
and baking ingredients.
Farmers Mill?s most recent innovation is its "Smart Bake" product
range - a niche range of premium nutrition focussed pre-mixes. As well
as offering "low salt" mixes including pizza bases, bread and batter
mixes, the "Smart Bake" products include a range of "sugar free"
products spanning Muffin, Chocolate Cookie, Shortbread and Sweet Bun
"Our commitment to the development of innovative, added value
products, means consumers who enjoy products from bakeries or retailer
shelves can remain confident that products baked with Farmers Mill flour
will be amongst New Zealand?s finest," said Mr Bunting.
Owned by 11 South Island farmers, the Farmers Mill is the country?s
only independent grower-owned and operated flour producer and baking