The total amount of wheat milled during October has increased year-on-year by 19% to 575,000 tonnes, the latest statistics have revealed.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) published its  Cereals Usage By Millers, Brewers and Maltsters UK report yesterday for the four-week period to 27 October.

It revealed a 80.8% rise in imported wheat milled in October to 100,400t, compared to last year (four weeks to 29 October 2011), and a 11.3% in home-grown wheat milled to almost 475,000t during the same period.

Total bread flour usage rose by 3.9% in October to 235,800t, with white seeing the biggest growth of 5.4% to 201,500t and wholemeal flour usage down 5.6% to 26,400t. Brown bread flour usage saw a marginal increase of 0.3% to 7,900t.

Both biscuit-making flour and cake flour dropped in usage YOY by 2% and 4.3% respectively.

Closing stocks for all flour stood at 53,500t, a decline of 4% on last October where the total was 55,800t.