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General Elements for the Sector

The Flour industry sector constituted and it continues constituting, despite the problems it faces, one of the most important sectors of food industry and of the more general Greek Industry.

The important growth the sector presented during the decades of 70s mainly due to our country's exports (it possessed the second place internationally) did not actually continue during the decade of 80s. With the integration of our country in the European Union and the change of exportation status, a substantial reduction of exports was marked affecting the course of the sector.

The offered higher price of hard wheat from the European Community arrangement in relation to the price of soft wheat, forced the Greek producers in hard wheat cultivation mostly creating that way a lack of soft wheat, resulting to a turning of the Greek flour industries to covering their needs from imports. The result of this change was the competition intensity in the domestic market especially after the deregulation of flour prices in 1991 and the suppression of valorization arrangements, which imposed concrete transactions limits (quotas). The competition became more intense with henomena of acute war of prices among the activated companies of the sector.

Main characteristic of the sector is the existence of a large number of small productive units with small productive capability and old equipment, which, however are displaced from the market, by not being able to correspond to market needs. The large industrial units of the sector cover a small percent of the total of the activated units providing modern plantations and being located near ports and wheat production areas.

Domestic Flour Industry Market

The changes marked in the sector of flour industry since the beginning of the 80s as well as the reduction of exported quantities of flour, forced the domestic industrial units to trade with the domestic market, which however has a limited absorption capability of products of the sector.

The products of the flour industry sector include:

  • flours from soft wheat, used bread making and pastry making
  • semolina from hard wheat, used in pasta industry
  • by-products of wheat milling such as bran for animal, soft flour etc., which are use for forage.

The total production of flour during the last five years varies between 750 - 890 thousand tons roughly. The main category of produced flours is of type 70% which represent roughly a 60% of the total production.

The apparent flour consumption is at regular levels during the last five-year period, amounting to 690 - 695 thousand tons roughly annually.

The bigger flour consumption concerns the bread making (roughly 78%) consumption however, which presents stagnancy during the last decade attributed to the change of diet habits and the lack of further rise margins.

At the same time it should be marked that an increase of consumption of bakery products and ready products of dough as well as the croissant market is observed. It is also marked that the real flour consumption is considered to be considerably bigger than presented, because it is appreciated that there is a flour distribution without the legal receipts, mainly by small mills.

The flour exports of our country vary to 20 - 30 thousand tons annually, covering a 4% roughly of the total domestic production. The semolina exports, which show an upward course amount to 15 thousand tons annually, covering roughly the 12%-15% of the total domestic semolina production.
It is marked that the domestic semolina production during the last years presents an ascendant course, which is attributed to the increasing domestic quantity of hard wheat.

The imported semolina quantities are very small as in the case of the rest flours. It is marked that our country has a surplus in hard wheat, the bigger part of which is exported, without being processed for semolina production.

The position of the Company in the Sector

There is a significant number of small and medium enterprises activated today in the flour industry sector, which are constantly displaced by the market, and a small number of big industrial units, that occupy even bigger share of the market.

The most important flour industries with significant share in the domestic market are the following: Mills of saint George SA, Roller Mills Loulis SA, Allatini SA and Roller Mill Sarantopoulos SA, which are also imported in the Main Market of the Athens Stock Exchange. Also, the company Roller Mills Papafilis SA and Mills Kepenou which has also been imported in the Parallel market of the Athens Stock Exchange, and finally the Roller Mills of Crete.

Our company possesses the 10th place as for the cycle of work and 6th as for the efficiency.

 
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Flour Industry of Tirnavos SA

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