Facts & Figures

  • The European flour milling industry is the leading food industry in grain processing, using around 45 million tonnes of common wheat and rye plus 2 million tonnes of oats a year to produce around 35 million tons of flour on an annual basis (EU-27)
  • The number of flour mills exceeds 3 800 with a large majority of small and medium-sized companies
  • The sector employs over 45 000 people and estimated 350 000 indirect labour at European farm level, due to its central position in the food chain (Source: LEI-Wageningen UR study)
  • The European flour milling sector turnover reached around 20 billion Euro in 2023
  • Destination of flour in Europe is as follows:

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You can find more sector statistical data in our Manual published every two years.