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kySafran | Apr 21, 202002:01 AM     15

I've seen a few people asking where all the flour is. We have the same issue in the UK.

I was running so low, and fearing for my starter, I paid £10/$12.50 for three 1.5kg bags of mediocre, 11.3% protein, bread flour, off the internet recently.

Some rumours have it that stocks are being redirected to industry. But if you've noticed the lack of all the other baking paraphernalia that can't be it. And when you consider domestic flour consumption only accounts for 4% of total sales there must be another issue.

Apparently, even though domestic demand has doubled, there’s still plenty of flour. It's to do with packing small 1.5kg bags for domestic use. There aren’t enough machines to do it.

If you don't mind buying 16kg bags you're fine. Just not the small ones sold by retail.

Why is it so hard to buy flour at the moment?

The industry is struggling to keep up with demand as shoppers turn to baking amid the coronavirus lockdown.

www.bbc.co.uk
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