Essex-based ADM Milling appears to have smashed the world record for the fastest time to turn wheat into 13 loaves of bread.

A seven-strong ‘field to loaf’ team successfully completed the challenge in 12 minutes 42.32 seconds – beating the previous record of 16 minutes and 30.83 seconds.

The result is now pending authentication from the Guinness World Records.

British Baker’s sales manager Sam White, who witnessed the event held in a field at Codhamhall in Brentwood, Essex this week, said:The team only had two attempts at the record. The first one failed as they did not mill enough flour to produce 13 loaves, which had to be edible, so everyone was on tenterhooks the second time around.

“We were delighted when they beat the record. A huge cheer went up.”

The event, attended by 50 baking industry representatives, was held in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

ADM partnered with the London hospital’s children’s charity earlier this year and aims to raise£100,000 to fund an enclosed isolation recovery bay in the hospital’s new post-anaesthetic care unit, due to open in 2017.

VIDEO LINK: British Baker’s Sam ‘combines’ business with pleasure at ADM’s world record field-to-loaf challenge