Australia’s largest flour miller, Manildra Group, is one of many regional companies stepping up to the challenge of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The Central West’s Manildra Flour Mills has increased production of locally-made flour to meet extraordinary demand during this challenging time, working towards producing an additional 50 million 1kg bags of flour per annum from July.

“We’ve been operating our flour mills around the clock to meet the substantial demand and since the coronavirus pandemic we have increased our retail flour production by more than 50 per cent,” Manildra Group Managing Director John Honan said.

“This recent expansion is to do everything we can to ensure flour is available at the local supermarket.

“Not only are we providing plentiful flour for Australia as we have done every year, we’re now raising the bar – providing an additional 50 million kilograms of locally-made flour.

“We’ve seen Australians take up baking and consequently, flour and other associated bakery supplies have been in high demand.”

Manildra is one of a number of Australian companies adapting to the changing times. Arnotts has promised to release tightly-held secret recipes for their iconic biscuits, while other companies start to produce hand sanitiser and face masks.

“We’re proud to be able to assist the nation during this crisis – working with retailers and wholesalers to restock the supermarket shelves,” Mr Honan said.

“Manildra Group has been in the flour milling industry since 1952 and we’ve never experienced such an unprecedented level of demand.”

A family-owned Australian business located in the Central West of NSW, Manildra Group produces 100 per cent Australian flours and bakery premixes for major Australian retailers, restaurants, bakeries and food manufactures at their four NSW flour mills.