UK human and industrial cereal usage

Updated 5 November 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: September 2020

  • In September 2020 wheat usage by the UK milling industry(1) was 8.7% lower on the year at 513.2 thousand tonnes. Home grown wheat usage was down 23.2% to 379.5 thousand tonnes and imported wheat usage was 97.5% more at 133.7 thousand tonnes.
  • From July to September 2020, the UK milling industry(1) used 2.1% more wheat year on year at 1.474 million tonnes. Home grown wheat usage declined by 5.6% over the same period, while imported wheat usage increased by 48.3%.
  • In September 2020, barley usage by UK brewers, maltsters and distillers was 11.5% lower than the same period in 2019 at 139.3 thousand tonnes. The amount of wheat used by UK brewers, maltsters and distillers was 6.7% higher year on year at 67.0 thousand tonnes.

(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 September 2020 data; (4) As at end-September 2020; Due to rounding, totals may not agree with the sum of the individual items.

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UK Human and Industrial cereal usage - September 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: 3 December 2020*

*subject to revision