Which Country Consumes the Most Wheat in the World?

Cereals February 09, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global wheat consumption amounted to 729,530 thousand tonnes in 2015, remaining constant against the previous year level. Overall, the global wheat consumption indicated a pronounced growth from 2007 to 2015. The trend pattern, however, was relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The total consumption volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.2%. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2008, when the output figure increased by +13% from the previous year level. Over the period under review, the global wheat consumption reached its maximum volume in 2015, and is likely to continue its growth in the immediate term.

Top Wheat Consuming Countries in the World

1. China (128244K Tonnes)

2. India (95717K Tonnes)

3. Russia (71832K Tonnes)

4. United States of America (51779K Tonnes)

5. France (39560K Tonnes)

Global Wheat Consumption

In 2015, the countries with the highest consumption were China (128,244 thousand tonnes), India (95,717 thousand tonnes), Russia (71,832 thousand tonnes), together accounting for 39% of total consumption. They were followed by the United States with a 7% of global consumption share and France with a 5% share.

From 2007 to 2015, the most notable growth rates of wheat consumption among the main consuming countries was attained by Russia (+4.8% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

The highest levels of wheat per capita consumption was registered in France (614.33 kg/year), followed by Russia (500.72 kg/year), the United States (160.92 kg/year), China (91.13 kg/year) and India (73.01 kg/year), while the average per capita consumption of wheat was estimated at 154.38 kg/year in 2015.

In Russia, per capita wheat consumption has grown noticably (+4.8% per year) in recent years. In 2015, Russia per capita consumption reached 614.33 kg/year as compared with 344.80 kg/year in 2007.

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