Secure regular access to wheat, rye and oat in both quality and quantity
Good knowledge of European markets for wheat, rye and oat (production, stocks and outlets) and their respective qualities is vital for the flour millers. Due to market volatility and unpredictable climate conditions, millers and farmers must be provided with coherent tools to manage extreme volatility risks and also protect plant health, whether for food or feed purposes.
The first food users of domestic wheat, rye and oat
The European Flour Millers are the largest single food users of domestic wheat, rye and oat. Since milling is a continuous process, flour millers need to secure a regular access to their agricultural raw materials in both quantity and quality.
Increasingly unpredictable & extremely volatile markets
European flour millers are everyday confronted with increasingly unpredictable and volatile market conditions.
The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) sets the framework within which EU wheat producers operate and indirectly impacts the flour milling sector. Market instruments are here to support a stable supply and they are essential in preventing crisis situations. Those instruments are to be both predictable and transparent. When existing, they must be established for all cereals and not focus on a particular cereal type (for instance bread-making wheat).
Wheat yields are stagnating in the European Union
To meet future increasing demand and adapt climate change consequences, it is crucial that the European Union stimulates productivity improvements - for example through wheat breeding innovation research incentives. Wheat yields are stagnating in the EU.
Moreover, first-generation agri-ethanol generates new competition for land between energy and food suppliers. In any case, allowing derogation to the intervention stocks for the sale of bread-making wheat to non-food applications will definitely contribute to distort the internal market and is a non-sense in the context of global food security.