UK human and industrial cereal usage

Updated 6 February 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: December 2019

  • At 558.4 thousand tonnes, wheat usage by the UK milling industry(1) was 6.6% higher year on year in December 2019. Home grown wheat usage was 8.4% more at 488Kt, while imported wheat milled was 4.5% lower over the same period. 
  • From July to December, 2.999 million tonnes of wheat was used by UK millers(1), 8.3% lower on the year. Over the same period home grown wheat usage was unchanged at 2.607 million tonnes, while imported demand was 40.8% less at 392.6 thousand tonnes. 
  • In December, UK brewers maltsters and distillers used 1.2% less barley than year earlier levels at 163.9 thousand tonnes. Season to date (Jul – Dec) barley usage is 2.0% higher year on year at 945.4 thousand tonnes.

*Insufficient sample to produce robust figure; (1) Including starch and bioethanol; (2) % change relates to the same period in the previous year; (3) Season to date comprises of July to December 2019 data; (4) As at end-December 2019. Due to rounding, totals may not agree with the sum of the individual items.       

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UK Human and Industrial cereal usage - December 2019

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Next update: 5 March 2020*

*subject to revision