Timaru's new flour mill is on target to start production in the first week of May. Construction of the mill has been completed and workers were putting the finishing touches on the site, such as sealing the concrete yard outside. The mill is being built by Farmers Mill, a new company set up by South Canterbury grain storage company Grainstor. General manager Grant Bunting said they had processed grain into flour in test runs, but commercial processing was still some...

Timaru's new flour mill is on target to start production in the first week of May. Construction of the mill has been completed and workers were putting the finishing touches on the site, such as sealing the concrete yard outside.

The mill is being built by Farmers Mill, a new company set up by South Canterbury grain storage company Grainstor. General manager Grant Bunting said they had processed grain into flour in test runs, but commercial processing was still some weeks away. "They are in the very early stages so the results would not even be indicative. Nothing was expected to happen until the first week of May and that's still pretty much the case," Mr Bunting said.

Everything was on track for that to happen. "It was never planned to be in any operating capacity until that time anyway." The equipment is state of the art and has not been seen before in New Zealand. It is designed to mill soft wheat to a higher standard than some of the older equipment could. The mill will produce premium biscuit, baking and bread flours to the specifications of high-end customers. It will initially employ five to seven staff...

GERALD PIDDOCK
Last updated 05:00 20/04/2013

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