Old Belgian mill labours for home bakers

There has been a sharp increase in home baking during the pandemic, with empty shelves in the flour aisles a regular sight in supermarkets.

One of Belgium's old water mills has been working flat out to meet the needs of the new wannabe bakers.

Miller Adrienne Delacroix, whose mill in the Ardennes region has been producing flour for six centuries, said: "We've witnessed an explosion in demand from individuals".

Ms Delacroix believes the love of baking will continue after the pandemic is over. "I think the crisis has also brought home the importance of eating local produce."

Miller Adrienne Delacroix (left) and a baker carry bags of spelt grains
Miller Adrienne Delacroix
Coronavirus leads to food industry crisis in Europe
Across Europe, much of the food and agriculture industry has been badly affected by the pandemic.