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Poor harvest costs Northern Ireland's bakeries £20k a week, says bread boss

Price of a loaf could rise as the cost of German wheat imports adds to woes

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Brian Irwin

Brian Irwin

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Brian Irwin

A rise in the price of wheat after an unusually small harvest will add around £20,000 a week to the costs of major bakeries and could affect the price of bread in shops, it has been claimed.

And the head of one of Northern Ireland's biggest bread makers has warned that a no-deal Brexit could also compound inflationary pressures on flour and bread.

Brian Irwin, chairman of Irwin's Bakery, said: "I've been in the food trade for 40 or more years, and we've had a really small harvest this year in the UK - the smallest in 40 years - and that's alarming.