National arable marketing co-operative Openfield has agreed a further five year contract to supply the Warburtons bakery business with milling wheat.
The contract has been extended until harvest 2021 in a move the parties say gives farmers the security and confidence to invest in their businesses.
“Over the past 17 years, Warburtons has sourced more than two million tonnes of wheat from British farms,” notes Sarah Bell, head of supply chain at Openfield. “This has contributed to over ten billion bread products. This is an unparalleled level of commitment in the grain supply chain and one which has delivered great value for all parties. We look forward to taking the relationship further.
“Growing milling wheat to a defined specification takes skill and confidence,” Ms Bell continues. ”By offering a minimum premium guarantee and contracting for five years, the grower has the confidence to invest in equipment and storage systems while the variety assessment programme helps to develop and hone the plant material needed to meet quality specification.
“At a time when the market is exerting great pressure on growers, the value of a long-term contract is a source of great reassurance.”