The prices of flour is increasing and so does that of other foodstuffs in Nigeria. This has made a lot of people to begin to ask questions concerning how much flour is now sold per sack bag, kg or paint in Nigeria. If you want answers to these questions, please keep reading.
This article contains the market rates of different brands of flour including, Baking flour, Golden penny flour, Dangote flour, Bread flour, Wheat flour prices all in Nigeria.
Flour is one the most consumed food products in Nigeria daily and in almost every other part of the world. These different kinds of flour make up our meals for different times of the day like baking or Wheat flour (easily consumed during breakfast) or Yam flour and so on (consumed during lunch)
Types of Flour in Nigeria
The major farm produce used in making flour is Wheat. However there are other starchy plants that can also be used in producing flour like Cassava, Yam and Maize.
It is made of dried beans and contains protein and fiber which makes it healthy for human consumption. Common meals made of beans flour in Nigeria are Moi moi and Akara.
This is made of dried Yam tubers. The popular Nigerian meal produced from it is Amala which is a product of of yam flour.
It is made of dried unripe green plantain and can be used as a substitute recipe for regular Nigerian dishes like Semovita or any other kind of swallow.
Whole wheat flour is made of wheat grains. There are various types of wheat flour, which include: cake flour, pastry flour, whole-purpose flour, bread flour and semolina or durum flour.
It is made of dried coconuts. It can make a good recipe to substitute wheat flour.
How Much is a Bag of Flour in Nigeria?
The price of flour in Nigeria differs with brands. There are different wheat flour mills located across the 36 states, but four of them are more prominent, and their flour can be easily found in almost every Nigerian home and market. Our focus will be on the four major flour brands in Nigeria.
Here is the current list of the average market price of 50kg bag of flour in Nigeria
|Flour brand||Price range|
|Golden penny||₦12,000 – ₦15,000|
|Dangote flour||₦13,000 – ₦14,000|
|Honeywell flour||₦12,000 – ₦14,000|
|Mama Gold flour||₦13,500 – ₦14,000|
Other Measurements of Flour and Their Prices
50kg may not always be your choice measurement of flour. Here is a list of lesser measurements and their corresponding prices.
The average price of one cup of flour ranges from N120 to N200, 1 mudu of flour is about N500 to N700 and 1 paint of flour is between N1,600 to N2,200 in Nigeria today.
Best Flour for Baking in Nigeria
What differentiates one type of wheat flour from the other is the amount of protein contained therein. The protein content determines the gluten content in essence.
Gluten is important because it is responsible for creating the texture and structure of a cake. High-gluten (or high-protein) wheat flours are called hard flours and have a better feel in bread and pizza. Low-gluten flours are called soft or weak flours and are used in making cakes and soft pastries.
There are different types of flours used in baking, finding out which is best depends really on what you want to bake.
This contains a protein content of about 9 to 11 percent which covers a mixture of hard and soft flour. It is the most commonly used flour for a wide range of baked products, like: bread, cake, pastries and so on. It is also the most readily available type of flour in local markets.
Cake flour is a weak flour with a protein content of 5 to 8 percent. This makes it form less gluten and give a soft and moist texture to cakes. Cake flour is the best flour for baking cakes because it can absorb a higher amount of liquid and sugar which makes the cake fluffy.
Bread flour is 12 – 14 percent high in gluten, which makes it suitable for yeast bread. It helps you achieve bread crumbs. Bread flour is the best flour for baking bread and cinnamon rolls. It is almost impossible to find a substitute for bread flour, because the other types of flour do not contain as much protein needed to make the bread rise properly and achieve the ideal texture.
It strikes a certain balance between cake flour and all-purpose flour. It contains 8 to 9 percent gluten. Pastry flour is best used for pancakes, cookies, biscuits and pastries.
It is simply a mixture of baking powder with a small measure of salt. It is similar to all-purpose flour and can be substituted by it. It can be used for pizza dough, cupcakes and sponge cakes. Self-rising flour is not very marketable in Nigeria, but you can make it at home. Simply add two teaspoons of 150g/60z all purpose flour, sieve the flour and baking powder, then add your baking powder (and cocoa powder if you want).
Reasons For Hike in Flour Price in Nigeria
The Nigerian market has not fully recovered from the hike in food prices, after the lockdown in 2020. The price of flour also increased drastically which affected the prices of flour made products like bread, cake and pastries.
This hike in flour price is traceable to the following reasons.
Wheat is the most commonly used agricultural produce used in making flour powder in Nigeria. It is used to make the all purpose flour which is the most marketable and readily available type in the country. But Nigeria has a weak domestic production of wheat, as a result, there is an imbalanced scale of the demand and supply chain. This makes us rely on foreign countries for supply. Hence, the increase in cost of importing wheat into Nigeria just like other food items which is done to encourage local production.
Increase in Dollar Value
Economic factors have led to a depreciation in the value of Naira currency and the most acceptable currency for importation is the US Dollar, which has drastically increasing in value against Naira as a currency. Currently, $1 is equal to N415.365, this makes importation expensive, resulting in a hike in price of flour across board.
One of the most unstable experiences Nigeria suffers is the hike in price of foodstuffs, therefore condition your mind and pockets to be ready to adjust to new prices of flour when you go to the market to buy. However, the location where the purchase is made may see to a decrease in price when compared to other localities.