UK human and industrial cereal usage

Updated 1 April 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: February 2021

  • Wheat usage by the UK milling industry(1) in February 2021 was 11.8% lower on the year at 427.4 thousand tonnes. Home grown wheat usage was down 28.0% to 305.6 thousand tonnes and imported wheat usage was 103.0% higher at 121.8 thousand tonnes.
  • Season to date (Jul-Feb 21), wheat usage by UK millers(1) was down 7.4% compared to year earlier levels at almost 3.703 million tonnes. Over the same period, home grown usage was down by 22.4% and imported wheat usage increased by 95.0%.
  • Barley usage by UK brewers, maltsters and distillers decreased by 18.7% year on year to 124.1 thousand tonnes in February 2021. Wheat usage, by the same sector, in February 2021 was 20.1% higher than the same period last year at 65.1 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 February 2021 data; (4) As at end-February 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: 6 May 2021*

*subject to revision