UK human and industrial cereal usage

Updated 2 July 2020
This information shows the use of cereals by flour millers, brewers maltsters and distillers (monthly) and oat millers (quarterly) in the UK. It is used to produce the UK cereals supply and demand estimates.

Overview: May 2020

  • Wheat used by the UK milling industry(1) in May 2020 was up 1.8% on year earlier levels at 453.1 thousand tonnes. Home grown wheat usage was up 7.7% at 402.5 thousand tonnes and imported wheat usage was down 29.3% at 50.5 thousand tonnes.
  • Season to date (Jul-May) total wheat usage by UK flour millers(1) is at 5.505 million tonnes, down 1.1% on the same period in 2018/19. Home grown wheat usage is up 5.0% at 4.822 million tonnes while imported wheat usage is 30.1% lower at 682.4 thousand tonnes.
  • In May 2020, UK brewers, maltsters and distillers used 113.4 thousand tonnes of barley, 25.7% less than in May 2019. Wheat usage was at 63.3 thousand tonnes, 5.5% higher year on year. From July 2019 to May 2020, barley usage is down 4.2% year on year at 1.652 million tonnes.

(1) Including starch and bioethanol; (2) % change relates to the same period in the previous year; (3) Season to date comprises of July 2019 to May 2020 data; (4) As at end-May 2020; (5) Representative total and percentage change for season to date information as no data was published in December 2019 due to insufficient sample. Due to rounding, totals may not agree with the sum of the individual items.     

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UK Human and Industrial cereal usage - May 2020

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UK Flour Millers cereal usage UK Brewers, Maltsters and Distillers cereal usage UK Oat Millers cereal usage

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Next update: 6 August 2020*

*subject to revision