Record highs for American DDGS exports
US exports of distillers grains have reached record highs. According to USDA
statistics, the United States exported 2.3 million tons of distillers grains in
2007, almost quadruple the amount exported in 2003.
The weakened U.S. dollar; high wheat and corn prices;
the high fat content, protein value and fiber of distillers grains; high levels
of customer service provided by U.S. exporters; and competitive container
freight rates to Asian destinations have all been factors in the increased
demand for U.S. distillers grains.
The U.S. Grains Council has been
working since 2003 to increase exports of distillers dried grains with solubles
(DDGS) to countries that were previously unfamiliar with the ethanol coproduct.
Earlier this year, the council received its first order of DDGS from Tunisian
importer Poulina SA. The USGC also recently sent a trial shipment of DDGS to
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