Living Water Integra Trade Increase Council Membership

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.

TPP Negotiations Will Extend into Next Year

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.

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.

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