Monday, August 14, 2006

Heatwave will put 4p on a loaf, warn Britain's biggest millers

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.


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