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The milling industry comprises the manufacturing and processing of bulk food material into smaller, more manageable components which are essential for a wide range of food preparations and commercial food production. This process is crucial to global food systems, as it directly deals in staple crops such as flour, cereals, and other grain-products that are essential for food production, as well as animal feed. In the wake of global challenges such as recent food security crises, climate change and population growth, this sector must remain resilient and strive for greater efficiency, sustainability, and product quality.

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As the world targets more sustainable agricultural practices, the milling industry faces challenges such as optimising resource use, reducing waste, and meeting stringent ESG standards. Additionally, a growing awareness of food safety and traceability has led to increased regulatory scrutiny and the need for comprehensive quality control measures. The milling industry must somehow navigate these issues while maintaining low costs in an industry with increasingly tight profit margins.

At Farrelly Mitchell, we provide specialised support to businesses seeking to expand or streamline their operations. We are aware of the unique challenges that mills face and are committed to overcoming them. Our consultants are well-versed in the production processes, equipment, and market dynamics of the industry, providing support with supply chain management, quality control, machinery selection, maintenance and optimisation of equipment and production processes.


We assist with all technical aspects of plant operations. This includes assessing and fine-tuning equipment, recommending tech solutions, and optimising processes and production systems. We also provide training on new tools and technologies to maximise productivity and ESG performance.
We conduct thorough market assessments, identifying consumer demand shifts, target markets, market competition, and relevant regulations. Our market forecasts allow you to accurately gauge sales and demand for reduced waste and increased profitability.


We build comprehensive financial models based upon production, pricing, capital expenditure, operating expenses, sales forecasts, and more to determine overall financial viability of a mill.
For those seeking to invest in the milling industry, we provide due diligence on investment targets, identifying associated opportunities and risks and providing clear go/no-go recommendations based upon data-driven insights and thorough industry know-how.

Ensuring efficient and productive milling operations

Providing crucial insights into the milling industry and supporting businesses with operational, market, and investment strategies.

Our milling expertise:

Our milling services are supported by over two decades of practical experience, We adopt a data-driven and holistic approach to consulting, including on-the-ground site visits, to broader market insights backed by our global network of experts.

Our recent projects in this sector include:

Conducting a market landscape and opportunity assessment within the compound feed industry, analysing the potential sustainable strategy for a separate new feed mill.

Assessing the procurement and maintenance functions of a flour mill – reviewing quality, safety & environmental standards as well as performing an operational internal audit of practices and procedures.

Assessing two expansion scenarios for a milling and storage facility, determining and examining cost recovery and financing models for any expansion undertaken.



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What are the primary challenges facing the milling industry today?

The milling industry confronts several challenges, including optimising resource use, reducing waste, adapting to stringent environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards, and adhering to evolving food safety and traceability regulations.

What supports do milling consultants provide?

Milling consultants offer technical guidance, market analysis, financial modelling, and ESG impact assessments to enhance operational efficiency and sustainability in the milling sector. In particular, technical audits are a key service that allows millers to identify, replace, and upgrade outdated or inefficient equipment and infrastructure.

How can the milling industry become more efficient?

The milling industry can boost efficiency by adopting advanced technologies, streamlining supply chains, optimizing production processes, and implementing waste reduction strategies.

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We are committed to the continued growth of the milling industry, and we are uniquely positioned to support milling operations with actionable insights on everything from equipment maintenance and waste reduction to logistics and supply chain management. To make informed decisions and maximise your output, contact our team today.

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