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Flour mills are working round the clock to meet demand for flour

With the nation confined to their homes amid the coronavirus lockdown, a rise in home baking appears to be contributing to shortages of flour on supermarket shelves.

Grocery sales of flour were up 92% in the four weeks to 22 March compared to the same period last year.

Online searches for bread and cake recipes have surged since mid-March, when the lockdown came into place.

A food and recipe website has seen record traffic since the start of the lockdown, including a 540% increase to its banana bread recipe which is the site’s most popular recipe at the moment.