Culinary Preferences May Open Doors for U.S. Gluten-free Sorghum Flour in Taiwan

It may all come down to a matter of taste. In Taiwan, market research suggests that the taste of imported biscuits is too sweet and creamy for many Taiwanese consumers. Enter biscuits made from 50 percent gluten-free sorghum flour produced in the United States.

According to the U.S. Grains Council, Tsan Yu Yen, a leading food company in Taiwan, expressed interest in producing biscuits made from U.S. gluten-free sorghum flour and two local stores have already said they would sell the products if made.

US Growers Encourage Expansion of International Corn Markets

Meeting with more than 25 key customers and trade partners in Japan, Taiwan and China, a six-member delegation of U.S. corn farmers and industry representatives returned Saturday from a 13-day trade mission.

Exploring the use of U.S. corn and its co-products in established and emerging markets, the 2010 U.S. Grains Council Corn Mission worked to strengthen relationships and encourage future partnerships with foreign agricultural producers.

DDGS Feed Formulation Workshops in Taiwan Encourage Increased Use

Sixty-three feed specialists and animal nutritionists gathered in Taiwan last week for a four-day workshop on the use of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in animal feed rations.

The DDGS Feed Formulation Workshop was conducted jointly by the Animal Technology Institute, Taiwan Feed Industry Association and the U.S. Grains Council and held in Taichung City and Tainan City.

Taiwanese, Chinese Companies Join to Produce, Market US Corn-based Bioplastics

While U.S. corn can already be found in Taiwan in the form of plastic cups, containers and similar products, it now has the opportunity to spread to other parts of Asia as the demand for polylactic acid (PLA) products grows. Recently, China’s Xiamen Wei Meng Environmental Materials Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Taiwan’s Wei Mon Industry Co. Ltd., announced the production and marketing of PLA products.

I-CAL - Taiwan - Nearing the End

By Tim Martini – Colorado State University, and Amy Petersen – Utah State University

The program has come to a close, after all the memories made, experiences shared and laughs to remember, we just wrapped up our last day in Taiwan. We started off with a tour of the wet market, which was very different from the wet market in Malaysia. This market was indoors, vendors used ice to keep meat products cold and there were less people and gross smells in the air.

Council Promotes U.S. Food Barley at Taipei International Bakery Show

More than 1,500 attendees sampled food products made from U.S. barley at the U.S. Grains Council’s booth during the Taipei International Bakery Show held last week. The Council’s booth displayed information on the healthy characteristics of high beta-glucan U.S. barley while displaying recipes of bakery products, noodles, barley tea and more, all made from American barley.

US Barley Sample Leaves Taiwan Buyers Coming Back for More

The U.S. Grains Council, the leading U.S. organization for the market development of barley, corn, sorghum and their co-products, helped foster the sale of 200 metric tons (9,186 bushels) of U.S. high beta glucan hull-less barley (BG 012) to Taiwan. The McKay Seed Co. put the final touches on its contract with Tai-I and Taisun, Taiwanese importers, earlier this week. “The Council met with the Taiwan Barley Products Industry Association several times where we successfully introduced and convinced them to become interested in food barley,” said former USGC Senior Advisor in Taiwan CM Lynn.

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