Barley Market Intelligence


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  • What are the key trends in Barley category?
  • Am I paying the right price?
  • Am I working with the right supplier?
  • What are the major challenges and risks in Barley  industry?
  • How is Barley  industry performing?

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Report Coverage

  • Regional Market Outlook- US, Europe, Russia, Canada, Ukraine
  • Malt Supplier Market Share
  • Global Barley Trade Dynamics
  • Global Supply–Demand Analysis

Production Size

Production Size North America

1.9 MMT

Production Size Europe


Production Size South America

1.3 MMT

Production Size Asia Pacific (APAC)

4.4 MMT

Global supply of barley has been rising at a CAGR of 3.05 percent over a period of four years. Its production is expected to witness minimum growth in the coming years due to the increase in consumption of soy and corn in feed and biofuel industries. Europe and Russia, along with Ukraine, remain the largest producers, accounting for 60 percent of the total share of barley produced globally. Barley production is driven by Europe and Russia, particularly for beer production and consumption. These two countries also have high domestic and export demand. The report further elaborates on the European, Ukranian, Russian and Canadian market overview of malting barley price drivers and their supply-demand analysis.

France and Germany are the leading producers of barley in Europe. Majority of the barley produced from these regions is malt barley, which is used in brewing. Russia grows most of its barley in the Southwest region. Alberta and Saskatchewan are the key barley producing regions in Canada, accounting for almost 70 percent of the total Canadian barley share. Ukraine is the largest exporter of feed barley to Saudi Arabia. It also covers most of the demand from other middle eastern countries. The report also covers supplier analysis of some of the most prominent Barley Malt manufacturers like Soufflet Group, Cargill Malt, GrainCorp Malt etc. in detail.

The price of barley determines the prices of malt. Barley prices are determined based on the wheat prices in any particular region due to high substitutability in feed applications. 

The barley market is dominated by top 10 suppliers globally and has not witnessed a significant number of new entrants. With limited number of buyers from the beer industry, intensity of rivalry to secure long-term buyers is high within the maltsters

The top 10 maltsters hold a market share of ~70 percent. Currently, there is no suitable malt substitute available commercially. Specialty malt varieties produced from wheat and other sources are gaining importance with increasing demand from craft breweries. Majority of top growing regions are contracted by maltsters and access to raw materials for new entrants is a huge challenge. Maltsters ensure steady supply of barley through contract farming and long-term contracts.

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Table of Contents

  1. Barley and Malt Barley Executive Summary
  2. Summary of Key Highlights in the Report
  1. Barley and Malt Barley Market Analysis
  2. Types of Barley
  3. Global Market Outlook
  4. Current Market Size Demand Supply Trends and Forecast Key End use Industries Trade Dynamics
  1. Barley and Malt Barley Regional Market Analysis
  2. Porter's Five Forces Analysis
  3. Malt Industry Analysis
  4. Regional Market Outlook (Europe, Russia, Canada, Ukraine)
  5. Current Market Size Demand
  6. Supply Trends and Forecast use Industries Trade Dynamics Cost Analysis
  1. Barley and Malt Barley Supplier Analysis
  2. Key Global and Regional Suppliers
  3. Geographical Footprint
  4. Supplier Market Share
  5. Global
  6. Supplier Profiling of the Top Five Global Suppliers
  7. Key Supplier's Capability Analysis

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Barley  Global Industry Outlook

Global supply of barley has been rising at a CAGR of 3.05 percent over a period of four years. The key factors driving the  growth include demand for feed barley from Middle Eastern countries and global demand for malt barley to be used in brewing industries 

  •  Production is expected to witness minimum growth in the upcoming years due to the increase in consumption of soy and corn in feed and bio-fuel industries
  • Barley procurement intelligence shows that the key importing countries are Saudi Arabia (32 percent), China (28 percent), Iran (5 percent), and Libya (5 percent).
  • The key consuming countries are E.U. (37 percent), Russia (10 percent), Saudi Arabia (6 percent), and China (7 percent).
  • The key producing countries are E.U. (41 percent), Russia (12 percent) and Ukraine (7 percent).
  • The top malt suppliers and capacities: Soufflet Group –2,148,000 MT, Malteurop Groupe –2,138,000 MT, Cargill Malt –2,126,000 MT, GrainCorp Malt –1,333,000 MT, and Boortmalt Gr. Axereal –1,093,000 MT.
  • The global production (2019/2020): 153.3 MMT and global consumption (2019/2020): 149.4 MMT.


Barley and Malt Barley Global Supply – Demand Analysis 

The total global production of barley in over the last four years has increased by 12 percent, while consumption for the same period has climbed by 12.4 percent, driven mainly by feed and beer industries

  • Europe and Russia along with Ukraine remain the largest producers of barley accounting for 62 percent of the total share
  • Barley is majorly used for feed purpose, however a moderate but crucial portion of it goes into beer manufacturing. Europe and Russia tops the barley producing and consumption charts due to its high domestic and export demand
  • The bulk of the global demand comes from feed sector, however this might change in the next coming years due to decline in acreage of barley cultivation due to cheaper alternative feed such as Soy and Corn
  • The effect is more pronounced in the overall production of barley since feed accounts to 72% of barley usage
  • Meanwhile the demand for malt barley, which is used in manufacturing beer is growing significantly

The consumption from Europe and Russia involve for both feed and food while countries, such as Saudi Arabia use only for feed purpose. China also uses majorly for beer manufacturing purpose, as their primary feed come from corn, which is much cheaper

 Market Outlook - 2016/2017

  • Post 2016, the production of barley specifically for feed is expected to have a downfall trend due to cheaper alternatives, such as corn and soy
  • In 2016, the world production of barley is estimated at ~147,932 Thd MT, whereas the consumption is estimated at ~120,935 Thd MT
  • Europe dominates in the global production of barley at 42 percent, which is closely followed by Russia and Ukraine together at 20 percent
  • Germany and France are the largest producers for Europe 

Global Barley and Malt Barley Trade Dynamics 

Europe is the largest producer and consumer of barley. However, their major export variety is feed and they domestically consume 80–90 percent of the malt barley, which is used to produce beer. Russia and Ukraine together account majorly for feed-type barley, which is primarily exported to Saudi Arabia and China.

  • Post 2015, the trade volumes witnessed a slight drop due to the fact that China had abundance of corn and it was considered as a cheaper alternative to barley for feed industries
  • Since 2013, the global trade volumes of barley was growing, however, has recently started to fall slightly. This is due to the fall of barley stocks globally

Why You Should Buy This Report

  • Analysis of barley market, supply-demand trends, and trade dynamics of regional (Europe, Canada, Russia, Ukraine) and global markets.
  • Porter’s five force analysis of global barley market, supplier market share and key profiles of players like Soufflet Group, Malteurop Groupe, Cargill Malt, etc.


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