2007 record year for US DDGS production
The US ethanol industry is expected to produce 17 million tons of the
byproduct Dried Distillers Grains (DDGS) in 2007, 5 million tons more than
previous year, says Geoff Cooper, director of ethanol and business development
at the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).
In 2006, US exported 10% of its distillers grains.
Mexico is by far the biggest customer of DDGS, buying 367,000 metric tons last
year, or 29%. The next six importers, in order of their purchases, were Ireland,
Canada, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, the Philippines and Japan. But even Japan's
45,000 metric tons last year represented a huge increase from almost nothing two
Ireland and the United Kingdom, both members of the European
Union, are importing about half the amount they did five years ago, according to
Cooper. The growth in imports of US DDGS has been in the Pacific and in North
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