UK human and industrial cereal usage

Updated 7 November 2019
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: September 2019

  • Wheat usage by the UK milling industry(1) in September 2019 was down 10.0% on year earlier levels at 562.5 thousand tonnes. The proportion of home grown wheat usage increased on the year by 5.3%, to 494.5 thousand tonnes. Imported wheat usage was down 56.2% to 68.1 thousand tonnes.
  • From July to September 2019, UK millers(1) used 1.45 million tonnes of wheat, 16.3% lower than the same period in 2018/19. Of this, 1.24 million tonnes was home grown, a decrease of 4.1% year on year.
  • In September 2019 UK brewers, maltsters and distillers used 160.3 thousand tonnes of barley, relatively unchanged (-0.3%) compared with the same period in 2018. At 61.4 thousand tonnes, the amount of wheat used by brewers, maltsters and distillers was 9.2% lower year on year.
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UK Human and Industrial cereal usage - September 2019

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UK Flour Millers cereal usage UK Brewers, Maltsters and Distillers cereal usage UK Oat Millers cereal usage
Season to date (3)  wheat usage by UK millers (1)

(1) Including starch and bioethanol; (2) % change relates to the same period in the previous year; (3) Full season comprises of July to September 2019 data; (4) As at end-September 2019. Due to rounding, totals may not agree with the sum of the individual items.      

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Next update: 5 December 2019*

*subject to revision