Which Country Consumes the Most Barley in the World?

Cereals February 09, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

Global barley consumption amounted to 134,840 thousand tonnes in 2015, declining by -3.7% against the previous year level. Overall, the global barley consumption indicated a moderate growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, indicated some noticable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume increased at an average annual rate of +0.2%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2008, when the output figure increased by +13% from the previous year level. In that year, the global barley consumption attained its maximum volume of 149,989 thousand tonnes. From 2009 to 2015, the total barley consumption growth failed to regain its strength.

Top Barley Consuming Countries in the World

1. Russia (17840K Tonnes)

2. China (12630K Tonnes)

3. Germany (10587K Tonnes)

4. Spain (9465K Tonnes)

5. Turkey (6499K Tonnes)

Global Barley Consumption

In 2015, the countries with the highest consumption were Russia (17,840 thousand tonnes), China (12,630 thousand tonnes), Germany (10,587 thousand tonnes), together mixed up 27% of total consumption. They were followed by Spain with a 6% of global consumption share and Turkey with a 4% share.

From 2007 to 2015, the most notable growth rates of barley consumption among the main consuming countries was attained by China (+17.1% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

The highest levels of barley per capita consumption was registered in Spain (205.23 kg/year), followed by Germany (131.21 kg/year), Russia (124.36 kg/year), Turkey (82.62 kg/year) and China (8.97 kg/year), while the average per capita consumption of barley was estimated at 34.91 kg/year in 2015.

In China, per capita barley consumption has grown noticably (+16.4% per year) in recent years. In 2015, China per capita consumption reached 205.23 kg/year as compared with 2.65 kg/year in 2007.

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Source: World: Barley - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2025