Potential DDGS Markets Budding in North Africa

Equipped with growing poultry and dairy sectors and new opportunities, Tunisia and Libya are emerging as potential markets for distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS). According to Cary Sifferath, U.S. Grains Council's senior regional director of the Mediterranean and Africa, Tunisia could potentially import 50,000-75,000 metric tons of DDGS, while Libya is close behind with potential imports of 40,000-65,000 tons. Tunisia has imported only one cargo load of U.S. DDGS (12,000 tons) in its history, and Libya has almost no experience with U.S.

Opportunities for US Corn, DDGS Imports Uncovered in Libya

By Cary Sifferath, USGC Senior Director in Tunisia

During a recent mission to Libya with the American Soybean Association and the U.S. Wheat Associates, we uncovered a major untapped ruminant market with potential for new U.S. sales of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). In addition, the Libyan poultry industry is slowly recovering after the revolutionary upheavals of the last year.

Corn Oil Sales Strong in Middle East, North Africa

By Cary Sifferath, USGC Regional Director in the Mediterranean and Africa

Corn oil is a preferred product across much of the Middle East and North Africa, and Tunisia -- a major producer and exporter of olive oil -- has emerged as the top regional market for U.S. corn oil in calendar year 2011. That is a big jump for Tunisia, which has traditionally been the number three market for U.S. corn oil exports; Tunisia more than doubled its imports over 2010.

Morocco's Saw Tooth Production and Drought Creates US Opportunities

Morocco's coarse grains supply and demand

This chart illustrates the dynamics of Morocco's coarse grains supply and demand. The grey area in the chart shows production, which in Morocco is mostly barley. The saw-tooth nature of the production area reflects the weather dependency of Morocco's crop production. The total use and feed use lines show strong growth over time. But that growth can be derailed by a series of bad harvests, as was the case in 2007 and 2008.

Council Assists with Suppression of Egypt FMD Outbreak

A new strain of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is spreading throughout Egypt. As of this writing, 100,000 cattle have been infected and more than 9,000 have died. Council staff recently visited Egypt to disseminate the U.S. Grains Council's inaugural Corn Harvest Quality Report. Everyday, almost every newspaper contained an article on its front page regarding the outbreak and Egypt's transition government's reactions and responses, as reported by MENA (Middle East News Agency).

Competing for Algeria’s Feed Grain Market

Algeria imported 3.5 million metric tons of feed grains last year, with corn reaching 126 million bushels and barley topping 17.7 million bushels. Algeria's corn sales were dominated by Argentina, Brazil, Ukraine, France and Romania, and barley sales by France, Finland, the U.K. and Bulgaria. According to Cary Sifferath, U.S. Grains Council regional director, the U.S. market share is estimated at 2 percent overall.

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