UK human and industrial cereal usage

Updated 3 October 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: August 2019

  • In August 2019, the UK milling industry(1) used a total of 442.1 thousand tonnes of wheat, 18.7% less than in August 2018. Of this, 363.7 thousand tonnes, was home-grown, 8.5% lower year on year. Imported wheat usage also declined on the year by 46.2%, to 78.4 thousand tonnes.
  • Season to date (Jul-Aug), wheat usage by UK millers(1) is down 19.9% compared to year earlier levels. Over the same period, home grown wheat usage decreased by 9.5% to 744.0 thousand tonnes.
  • Barley usage by UK brewers, maltsters and distillers increased by 5.9% in August 2019 compared to August 2018, at 159.6 thousand tonnes. 66.8 thousand tonnes of wheat was used by UK brewers, maltsters and distillers in August 2019, 14.4% more than the same period last year.
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UK Human and Industrial cereal usage - August 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) Season to date comprises of July 2019 to August 2019 data; (4) As at end-August 2019. Due to rounding, totals may not agree with the sum of the individual items.

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Next update: 7 November 2019*

*subject to revision