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Please join the U.S. Grains Council in welcoming its newest member, Living Water Integra Trade, Inc.
Living Water Integra Trade was created to supply distiller's dried grains with solubles and whole grains from the United States to Chinese and Southeast Asia end-users. Living Water utilizes its established mature suppliers, local logistics, ocean carriers and end-users network to create value for its customers through professionalism and passion.
By: Clover Chang, U.S. Grains Council Director in Taiwan
In Taiwan, salad boxes at McDonald's, Slurpee cups at 7-11 convenience stores, and cold drink cups at Starbucks Coffee all have a common factor: U.S. corn. These products are made with an environmentally-friendly corn-based polylactic acid (PLA) packaging material from the United States.
No one said it would be easy.
Trade ministers from Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries stated they made substantial progress following four days of meetings in Singapore this week but will not meet their goal of concluding the talks by the end of this year. While there is no announced date they will likely meet in January.
Representing the U.S. Grains Council in Singapore was Floyd Gaibler, the Council's director of trade policy and biotechnology. Gaibler noted that key agricultural issues are among the most important remaining unresolved items.
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the Philippines on Nov. 8, the U.S. Grains Council reached out to third-party cooperators for an update on the situation. Reports indicate that the typhoon did not cause significant damage to the Filipino agricultural import structures and the Simon Group of Companies, the largest importer of distiller's dried grains with solubles, are ok. Coconut production has been impacted which may be felt by the feed industry since Filipino feeders use coconut and its by-product copra meal as a feed ingredient.
By: Adel Yusupov, U.S. Grains Council regional director in Southeast Asia
The strength of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) exports have been bright spot in a tough year for U.S. feed grains, with especially strong export growth in Southeast Asia setting the pace. Through the first half of calendar year 2013, total U.S. DDGS exports are up 6 percent. In Southeast Asia, however, growth clocked in at 9 percent, with major gains in Thailand (up 53 percent) and Indonesia (up 42 percent) more than offsetting declines in Malaysia and the Philippines. Overall, U.S. exports to the region were up 605,000 metric tons.
Nearly 421,000 metric tons of U.S. feed grains, including soybeans, wheat, corn and corn co-products, were sold and/or negotiated during the 10th Southeast Asia U.S. Agricultural Cooperators Conference held last month. The total sales valued at more than $150 million.
The U.S. Grains Council held a set of regional two-day workshops, titled, "Advanced Information on Nutrition and Technology", in Indonesia and Thailand earlier this month. More than 100 poultry, swine and feed company representatives attended from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Philippines.
Thanks in large part to the U.S. government's Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program, approximately 775,000 metric tons of U.S. agricultural products, valued at more than $267 million, were sold and or negotiated at the 7th Southeast Asia Grain Transportation Conference.
By Adel Yusupov, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for Southeast Asia
Earlier this month, the U.S. Grains Council travelled to Vietnam to meet with key corn and distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) customers in north and south Vietnam. Feed demand is steadily growing in the country, despite slowdown of Vietnamese economy and feed milling companies increasing capacity. While imports of U.S. DDGS as of March are down year or year by 3 percent, they are expected to grow.