News last update:7 Aug 2012

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 years ago.

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 America.

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