The Guardian, p. 7
By Martin Hodgson
It has scorched gardens in the home counties, melted roads in Plymouth and choked rivers with poisonous algae. Now the heatwave has claimed a new victim. Bakers warned yesterday that the hot weather will force up the price of bread by up to 4p a loaf, after flour manufacturers announced a rise in the cost of flour.
Rank Hovis and ADM Milling, the country's two biggest flour millers, are raising their prices by up to 20% after wheat crops wilted in the extreme July heat. Increasing energy costs were also blamed for the price rise.