There are different types of flours and each of type of flour – wheat flour, corn flour, rice flour, plantain flour and even yam flour. My guess is that you know the raw materials each of these types of flour are made from. Starting a flour mill business can be a very profitable venture due to the huge demand for flour by companies that use flour as raw material to produce other finished products, these include – bakeries, pharmaceutical companies, other food processing companies, and individuals for small pastry baking. To get started here are basic steps to have in mind:
Do your research: This is the starting point of any venture. It is important that you understand you have a firm grasp of the chemistry that underpins the performance of your flour. This will ensure you come to the market with a product valuable to your target market. Take time to visit at least one or two flour processing plants in your area and talk with people in the business or reach out to practitioners in the business you can get online. This is critical in shaping your overall strategy.
You need some training: Unless you have worked in a flour mill before now, you need to get the basic training about the production process, you need to see it in action. From how to handle the machines used in the grinding and further production of the raw materials into finished flour to testing and product QAQC processes. You also need to know other ingredients that are added to get the final result. Even if you will be running a cottage production from your house, ensure you are confident with the level of training you have about it.
Source for Raw Materials: Part of your business will involve securing an adequate supply of the quality of raw materials you need for production. The raw material you will need depends on the type of flour you are producing. A good place to source for raw materials is from farmers that cultivate the raw materials in commercial quantities. With adequate resources, you may decide to cultivate your own raw material in addition to your other supplies. This will guarantee you better quality control and save you cost in the long run due to the vertical integration of your business.
Purchase Equipment, Supplies & Setup shop: Once you are set, get the space for your production, buy the equipment and machinery you will need (Your training and research should guide you to know which equipment are vital for the product of flour and how to use each of them. You can also lease machinery if the company is running on a very tight budget, but endeavor to purchase your own set ones you make enough money.
Marketing, Advertisement & Distribution: Get a list of bakeries, food processing companies, and pharmaceutical companies near your location, write a proposal to them that you have a flour company that can supply them with the quantity of flour they require. Your marketing and distribution plan is central to the success of your business. Take advantage of as many sales channels as possible – online and offline media to inform the buying market that your business exists and the benefits they can derive from your unique product.
You need to get the necessary certifications from the organization responsible for these documentations in your location. This is in addition to any other certifications or endorsements that will help to increase the authenticity of your product to your customers
Be diligent and thorough in your understanding of the business details – Get started and keep an open mind. Be quick to learn trends and new imaginations in your line of business. Persistence and the determination to succeed are the most important skills you bring to the table