News & Events
On Monday, Nov. 24, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) will open online registration for its 12th International Marketing Conference and 55th Annual Membership Meeting scheduled to take place in Heredia, Costa Rica, from Feb. 9-11, 2015.
A small but strategically located market, Costa Rica takes about 47 percent of its total imports from the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Japan is a mature market: a high-income country with a stable and aging population; an excellent, high quality diet; a sophisticated food production and marketing system; and among the highest food safety standards in the world.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has partnered with U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, Growth Energy and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) to assess how best to promote ethanol exports as part of overseas market development efforts.
Already this year, the Council and its partners have completed two market assessment missions to help plan future work in this area. The first mission, to Japan and Korea, took place last month, while the second was recently completed in Peru and Panama.
During last month’s Export Exchange program in Seattle and associated pre- and post-tours, Council staff discovered that some end-users in Southeast Asia are still learning how to adjust to the newer, low-oil distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) now reaching the market. Many are limiting inclusion rates to dampen the effects of nutrient composition variability from different DDGS producers.
Last month, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) escorted an Egyptian team of buyers on a crop tour in Nebraska following the group’s participation in the biennial Export Exchange 2014 in Seattle, Washington. Egypt last year rebounded to be a large market for U.S. corn and corn co-product imports, especially distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten meal (CGM).