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UK human and industrial cereal usage

Updated 4 June 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: April 2020

  • In April 2020, wheat used by the UK milling industry(1) was 450.2 thousand tonnes, an increase of 1.1% year on year. Home grown wheat usage was at 396.8 thousand tonnes, up 2.8% and imported wheat usage was down 9.9% at 53.4 thousand tonnes.
  • From July to April 5.052 million tonnes of wheat was used by UK flour millers(1), down 1.4% on the same period in 2018/19. Home grown wheat usage is at 4.420 million tonnes, 4.8% higher over the same period. Imported wheat usage is 30.2% lower at 631.9 thousand tonnes.
  • UK brewers, maltsters and distillers used 114.7 thousand tonnes of barley in April 2020, 28.1% less than in April 2019. 53.9 thousand tonnes of wheat was used, 21.1% less year on year. Season to date (Jul-Apr) barley usage is down 2.1% on season earlier levels at 1.538 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 April 2020 data; (4) As at end-April 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.

Latest release

View the latest UK human and industrial cereals usage and production statistics

UK Human and Industrial cereal usage - April 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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Additional information

For more information on this data series, please click here.

Next update: 2 July 2020*

*subject to revision