Distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) are the nutrient rich co-product of dry-milled ethanol production. Its utilization as a feed ingredient is well documented as both an energy and a protein supplement.
Combined, U.S. ethanol plants possess the capacity to produce more than 14 billion gallons of ethanol and 39 million tons of DDGS.
The Council has been instrumental in educating the global market on the nutritional benefit of DDGS. DDGS exports have exploded from 1 million tons in 2006 to more than 11 million tons in more than 45 countries in 2014. China received the bulk of DDGS exports, consisting of 38 percent of the export market, while Mexico (14 percent) was the second largest importer. Korea (6 percent), Vietnam (5 percent) and Japan (4 percent) round out the top five.