Barley production worldwide 2008/2009-2018/2019

The global production volume of barley amounted to 142.37 million metric tons in the 2017/2018 crop year. Barley production is expected to decrease to around 140.6 million metric tons in the next crop year.

Barley facts

Barley is a type of edible grain that is found in bread, cereal, soup, and beer. It is also commonly used as animal feed. It was one of the first grains to be domesticated by early humans and can be cultivated in a wide variety of climates across many geographical areas. Although its origins can be traced to ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, as of 2018/2019 the European Union was the leading producer of barley worldwide.

Global beer industry

Barley is commonly used in beer production, which is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages enjoyed worldwide. In 2017, some 1.95 billion hectoliters of beer were produced globally. That year, China was the top producer of beer, at 440.15 million hectoliters. The United States and Brazil came in second and third place, respectively.

World barley production from 2008/2009 to 2018/2019

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Release date

February 2019



Survey time period

2008/2009 to 2018/2019

Supplementary notes

*Estimated as of February 2019.
Years from July to June; totals comply with USDA.
Data prior to 2014/2015 were taken from previous editions of the publication. .

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