The flour millers’ trade body nabim – The National Association of British & Irish Millers – has rebranded itself as UK Flour Millers in a move it says is driven by the UK’s departure from the EU, domestic devolution and the Covid pandemic.

The change, the first since the association was founded in 1878, is also expected to lead to proposals to form devolved milling associations. The Association is exploring whether more value can be offered by setting up separate associations in Ireland/Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The change means the UK wheat quality groupings will henceforth be renamed UK Flour Millers Group 1-4 rather than the nabim Groups.

UK Flour Millers includes virtually all the flour milling businesses in the UK, who collectively produce over five million tonnes of flour each year and generate revenues of £1.25 billion. Associate members include plant breeders, grain merchants, pest controllers, engineers and packaging manufacturing businesses linked with the industry.

“After 142 years the decision to rebrand as UK Flour Millers has not been taken lightly, but as an acknowledgement of changing times and perceptions,” comments director Alex Waugh.

“Flour milling is an ancient art, but our members invest over 15% of their gross margin every year in infrastructure, research and recruiting the next generation of millers. They quite rightly demand an association that is professional, reliable, important, modern and efficient – reflecting the industry it represents.

“The twin challenges of Covid and Brexit last year have reinforced our vital role as both an advocate and a champion of the flour milling industry. As UK Flour Millers, we will continue to work closely with government and consumers on behalf of our membership.”