UK human and industrial cereal usage

Updated 4 March 2021
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: January 2021

Please note January 2021 is a 4 week period in comparison to a 5 week period in January 2020

  • Wheat usage by the UK milling industry(1) in January 2021 was 22.2% lower on the year at 402.8 thousand tonnes. Home grown wheat usage was down 38.0% to 282.9 thousand tonnes and imported wheat usage was 93.7% more at 119.9 thousand tonnes.
    • Season to date (Jul-Jan 21), wheat usage by UK millers(1) was down 6.8% compared to year earlier levels at 3.275 million tonnes. Over the same period, home grown usage was down by 21.7% and imported wheat usage increased by 94.0%

    • Barley usage by UK brewers, maltsters and distillers decreased by 13.2% year on year to 141.1 thousand tonnes in January 2021. Wheat usage by UK brewers, maltsters and distillers in January 2021 was 17.3% higher than the same period last year at 68.4 thousand tonnes

    Due to rounding, totals may not agree with the sum of the individual items. (1) Including starch and bioethanol; (2) % change relates to the same period in the previous year; (3) Season to date comprises of July 2020 to January 2021 data; (4) As at end-January 2021. (5) Percentage change figures not available as no data was published in December 2019 due to insufficient sample. 

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    Next update: 1 April 2021*

    *subject to revision