Monday, August 20, 2007

Taiwanese Buyers Exploring U.S. Dried Distiller Grains

Taiwan is a major importer of American corn and other agricultural products. So it's worthwhile to note that a trade delegation was recently here in the US to learn more about dried distiller grains (DDGs)---a co-product from the ethanol production process that retains the nutritious fats, minerals and proteins found in corn. According to the US Grains Council this month:
Seven industry leaders representing Taiwan’s poultry and swine sectors are learning about the quality U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) by following the production and export channel from corn in the field to the ethanol plant to the export container. Taiwan has imported 67,037 tons of U.S. DDGS during the first six months of the year, a 63 percent increase compared to the same period in 2006.

Through team visits like this, the Grains Council is educating Taiwan’s new generation of agricultural leaders on the advantages of U.S. corn and DDGS to help maintain the United States’ position as Taiwan’ largest corn supplier.

Source: US Grains Council (.pdf)

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