Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines Update

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.

DDGS Gaining in Southeast Asia

DDGS Graph

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.

US DDGS Exports to Vietnam Expected to Grow

US DDGS Exports to Vietnam Expected to Grow

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.

Council Expanding US DDGS Market in the Philippines

By Adel Yusupov, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for Southeast Asia

Usage of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in the Philippines has increased over the years; during 2012 the Philippines imported 164, 526 metric tons, up 12.75 percent from 2011. But there remains potential for growth, and the U.S. Grains Council is continuing to promote U.S. DDGS usage in various regions throughout the country.

Climbing Poultry Consumption in Developing Countries Reflects Improved Diet Demand

poultry meat consumption in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

This week's U.S. Grains Council Chart of the Week shows poultry meat consumption in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The pattern of increased poultry meat consumption in developing countries reflects the growing demand for improved diets. This chart suggests that the higher commodity and input prices in recent years have had little impact on the growth of poultry meat consumption in the developing world.

Corn Harvest Quality Report: Growing Impact in Second Year

In just its second year, the U.S. Grains Council's Corn Harvest Quality Report is scoring important points for U.S. producers with appreciative foreign buyers. Released on December 7, the Harvest Report is available online and has already been presented to potential buyers and other interested parties in more than 10 major markets around the world, with more briefings on tap.

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