Consumers-ready cereals production process is quite a short and simple one, and hasn't been substantially modified through over a hundred years.
Ripened in sunshine, the ‘raw materials’ of the cereal products – barley, wheat, oats, rye, rice maize - are gathered from the fields.
The grains are transferred to large storage silos.
Grains such as maize are milled to remove parts that would impair freshness and taste. Oats are dried, kilned, hulled, polished, cut, cleaned and graded.
Extra ingredients such as sugar, malt and salt may be blended in.
Cooking and drying
The mixture is then cooked and dried to reduce the moisture content level. Oats are steamed and flaked.
Every stage in processing is carefully checked and controlled.
The final product flows from the ovens to filling machines where they are automatically dispensed by weight into the inner liners.
Filled liners of cereal are passed along conveyors and then packed into the cereal cartons.
Cereals are dispatched to the point of sale.