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UK human and industrial cereal usage

Updated 2 April 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: February 2020

  • In February, UK flour millers(1) used 9.0% more wheat year on year at 484.9 thousand tonnes. Home grown wheat usage was 9.9% higher over the same period, at 427.5 thousand tonnes and imported wheat usage was 2.7% higher at 57.5 thousand tonnes.
  • At 3.997 million tonnes, season to date (Jul-Feb) wheat usage by UK flour millers(1) is 3.3% down on the same period in 2018/19. Home grown wheat usage is up 3.8% at 3.489 million tonnes. Imported wheat usage is 34.4% lower at 507.7 thousand tonnes.
  • UK brewers, maltsters and distillers used 153.1 thousand tonnes of barley in February, 2.5% less than in February 2019. From July 2019 to February 2020, 1.262 million tonnes of barley was used, 2.1% higher than season earlier levels.

(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 February 2020 data; (4) As at end-February 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 - February 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: 7 May 2020*

*subject to revision