Bakers from our Southgate Circus store called in at a nearby mill ahead of Pancake Day to find out more about how they produce flour.
GR Wright & Sons is London’s only remaining flour mill and Enfield’s oldest business. It's been trading as a family business for 150 years – and has supplied Asda for more than 20 years. Three colleagues from the store were given the chance to learn more about the process of flour milling and see how Wright's products reach our shelves.
Wright's mainly use local wheat to mill its flours, sourcing wheat from Hertfordshire, Essex and East Anglia. They aim to produce quality flours and baking mixes by blending traditional skills with modern working practices.
Dimitrios Kechagias, 23, is the newest member of our Southgate Circus bakery team and he was keen to learn more from the experts at the flour mill.
He said: “It was an amazing opportunity to visit the flour mill which is such an iconic place that is right on our doorstep. We often forget that products on the shelves are made right here in Enfield.
"I’ve only worked in the bakery for a year and I’m still learning each day so it was good to hear their advice for new bakers. They spoke about the importance of taking your time and not rushing the process. Hopefully I can put my pancake practice to use back in store."
Richard Hawe, National Account Manager at Wright's Flour & Baking, said: “We were delighted to welcome the three Asda colleagues for a look round the mill and it was a good opportunity for the in-store bakers to see where Wright's baking flours are actually produced. Some pancake making practice was enjoyed too.
“Locally produced products have less food miles and are the brands that local families have grown up with and love. Many people in the community will have a connection with the Mill and know someone in their family that worked for us. Supporting local products also helps to support the community and local jobs.”