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Latest cereal usage statistics

Quarterly statistics on the use of cereal grain by UK wheat millers, brewers, distillers, maltsters and oatmeal millers.


Cereal usage methodology

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This publication covers the use of wheat, barley and oats by wheat millers, flour producers, brewers, distillers, maltsters and oatmeal millers in the UK. It also includes information on flour production and stocks of cereal held by these cereal processors. The flour millers data includes use of wheat for starch and bioethanol production.

Next update: The Statistical Notice published 8 February 2018 is the final publication of this Quarterly series by Defra. Further publications and datasets will be published by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) AHDB cereal usage data.

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Published 6 June 2013
Last updated 28 June 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated brewer and flour usage datasets, estimates replaced in 2017.
  2. Added information to the "details" section to inform users about data availability on this website and a link to AHDB website where the statistics are now being published. Also updated methodology report.
  3. Notice of cessation of Defra publication of oat-millers' dataset.
  4. Updated with latest statistical release and datasets for Q4 2017.
  5. Quarterly cereal usage statistics – use of grain by UK wheat millers, brewers distillers maltsters and oatmeal millers will be published by Defra for the final time on 8th February. Subsequent updates will be published by the AHDB (Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board).
  6. Updated with latest statistical release and datasets for Q3 2017.
  7. Updated with Quarter 2 2017 (up to June) statistics.
  8. Updated with Quarter 1 2017 (up to March) statistics.
  9. Updated with statistic notice and datasets to include December 2016 data.
  10. Summary amended to reflect quarterly statistics update commencing 9th February 2017.
  11. Updated with September 2016 data.
  12. Notification of a breach of the Code of Practice (release practices).
  13. Updated to include latest flour, brewer and oats dataset and statistic notice to June 2016.
  14. Updated to include latest flour, brewer and oats dataset and statistic notice.
  15. Updated with February figures.
  16. Updated with January 2016 notice and data.
  17. Notice of move to quarterly publication.
  18. Updated statistics notice and dataset with December figures.
  19. Updated with November notice and data set.
  20. Updated with October notice and data set.
  21. Latest statistics release and associated dataset for September 2015.
  22. Latest cereal usage statistics notice and associated datasets.
  23. Updated with July 2015 data.
  24. Updated cereal usage data June 2015.
  25. Updated with May 2015 data.
  26. Revised statistics notice published.
  27. Updated cereals usage statistics.
  28. Cereal usage by brewers, distillers and maltsters in the UK: March 2015 published; datasets updated.
  29. Updated with February 2015 data.
  30. Cereal usage by brewers, distillers and maltsters in the UK: January 2015 published
  31. UK cereal usage - statistics notice (data to December 2014) and datasets published.
  32. Correct file uploaded.
  33. Updated statistic release and datasets.
  34. Updated with december 2014 release (data to October 2014).
  35. Updated with data to September 2014.
  36. Statistics release and datasets with data for August published.
  37. Updated with figures to July.
  38. Updated cereals data.
  39. Updated to include May figures.
  40. Updated with figures to April 2014.
  41. Updated with figures to March 2014.
  42. Updated to include February 2014 figures.
  43. Updated with January 2014 figures.
  44. Updated oat figures.
  45. Updated to include December 2013 figures.
  46. Updated with figures to November 2013.
  47. Updated with figures to October 2013.
  48. Updated with figures to September 2013.
  49. monthly update
  50. Updated to include figures to July 2013.
  51. Updated with information to June 2013.
  52. Updated to include May 2013 figures.
  53. Updated to include figures for April 2013.
  54. First published.
  55. Updated with figures to March 2013.
  56. Minor amendment to the flour millers dataset.
  57. Updated to include data for February 2013.