Raw materials

Raw materials

The Ensus plant uses over one million tonnes of feed wheat per annum, which is sourced in the UK and across Europe. Unlike milling wheat, which is used for bread-making and other human food production, feed wheat is grown and used for animal feed due to its higher yield potential, but lower quality. The UK and Europe have historically produced a surplus of feed wheat, and the UK typically exports between 2 and 3 million tonnes each year.
Mild growing conditions and fertile soils in Europe are ideally suited to feed wheat production, and many EU countries including the UK have the capacity to significantly expand feed wheat output, whilst maintaining the high standards of sustainability required by EU agricultural policy.
Today, feed wheat production is a highly efficient use of agricultural land, producing almost as much protein per hectare as soy but converting twice as much of the sun's energy to plant energy, and storing the excess as starch which is readily converted to biofuel.
In future, improvements in wheat varieties will enhance the quantity and quality of food and fuel that can be produced from each hectare of land by wheat refining in the EU, whilst developments in agricultural technology and practice will reduce GHG emissions from the cultivation of this exceptional feedstock.

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