Griffins sale may threaten flour mill

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 23/07/2014
Farmers Mill chairman Murray Turley speaks at the flour mill's opening.
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ON THE RISE: Farmers Mill chairman Murray Turley speaks at the flour mill's opening.

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The Timaru mill which supplies Griffin's with its biscuit flour is hopeful it will remain its supplier after the biscuit-maker's sale.

Griffin's has been sold to Philippines-based food giant Universal Robina Corporation (URC) for $700 million.

Griffin's, which employs 800 people, produces Gingernuts, Cookie Bear, MallowPuffs, Eta Salty Snacks and Nice & Natural snack bars, from two factories in Auckland.

The Farmers Mill in Washdyke provides the biscuit flour.

The co-operative is a manufacturer and marketer of flour and specialty grains grown in the South Island and milled in Timaru.

Production manager Steve Yerbury said at this stage it was business as usual.

"We supply all their biscuit flour. We have been told we will be dealing with the same people. We are hoping nothing changes."

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- The Timaru Herald

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