News & Events
A recent sale of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to Saudi Arabia is an example of an increasingly diverse number of markets interested in the feed product and the impact of sustained market development in areas showing potential for long-term growth.
Last month, Saudi buyers purchased 18,000 metric tons of U.S. DDGS, a relatively large amount and a dramatic increase from total sales of just 8,400 metric tons in 2014.
Grain trade experts from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) visited Ireland and Israel late last year to meet with customers in those markets, which have become increasingly important if non-traditional importers of U.S. corn and co-products.
Ireland has imported 95,000 metric tons (3.7 million bushels) of U.S. corn in the first three months of this marketing year, which is nearly half the amount it imported the prior marketing year, 170,000 metric tons (6.7 million bushels). Israel imported 386,000 metric tons (15 million bushels) of U.S. corn in the last marketing year.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ramy Taieb to the position of Middle East and Africa Director in its Tunis office.
Taieb has served as the commodity purchasing manager for Poulina, Tunisia's largest grain importer and poultry company, for the past 12 years, working with the company in total for more than two decades.
In that position, he participated in numerous Council marketing programs and gained familiarity with Council operations as well as global grain markets.
This week's Chart of Note illustrates the record breaking exports of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to the Middle East and North Africa in the 2015/2016 marketing year.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) latest trade data report, the United States exported more than 1.14 million metric tons of DDGS to these countries last marketing year, a new high.
Hesham Hassanein has stepped down as the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) regional director of the Middle East and Africa, as of June 5. Despite this staff change, the Council remains committed to its presence and programs in the Middle East, Africa and Europe region and is assessing options to maintain USGC representation in this critical area of the world.
The Middle East and North Africa region is geographically closer to a competitor country, Ukraine, and as such, requires consistent attention to have U.S. corn and co-products, such as distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), remain top-of-mind for feed buyers. The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff made progress towards this goal last week by attending the Global Grain Middle East and North Africa conference in Dubai.
By: Luis Bustamante, U.S. Grains Council Marketing Specialist for the Western Hemisphere
Something many thought was unthinkable happened this April when the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) escorted grain importers, embassy officials and high-ranking officials from Cuba to the United States for a mission to examine the U.S. grain export system.
U.S. Grains Council (USGC) staff and consultants conducted a program in Egypt this week to promote distiller’s dried grain with solubles (DDGS) in aqua rations. This program was done in conjunction with Mirasco, a USGC member company that has a large client base within the Egyptian aquaculture industry.
By: Hesham Hassanein, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the National Poultry Federation in Morocco (FISA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last week to regulate the use of USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Section 108 funds in that country. The funds will be used for USGC programs from now through 2019.