The Swedish flour-milling industry

Today, the Swedish flour-milling industry consists of around ten milling plants, with a combined annual turnover of around SEK 1.5 billion. The industry is efficient, and staffing levels are relatively low. The financial margins are small, but the quantity is nevertheless significant. If a turnover of around SEK 1 million per employee is normal, the corresponding figure within the flour-milling industry is roughly ten times that amount.

Winter wheat is the most common grain in Sweden, followed by barley, oats and rye. A typical Swedish harvest is around 5-5.5 million tonnes of grain, of which around 600,000 tonnes is sent for milling at flour mills for human consumption. The remainder is mostly used as animal feed. Like most European nations, Sweden is self-sufficient in terms of growing and milling grain, and normally has surplus production of 1 million tonnes per year.

The flour-milling industry is often described as being very local, since the milling always takes place locally as it is much easier and cheaper to transport grain than flour.

These days, the price of grain is controlled by the world market, according to supply and demand. For example, the price rose in Sweden in 2010 as a result of the drought in Russia that led to much of the crop failing.

For more information, please contact Johan Andersson Anell
E-mail: johan.anell@li.se
072-572 65 44
Postal address: Box 55680, 102 15 Stockholm, Sweden

Visiting address: Storgatan 19, Stockholm