MAP and FMD Funds Drive Global DDGS Promotion

by 5m Editor
9 May 2011, at 7:17am

GLOBAL - The utilization of distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) — a co-product of US ethanol production used as a feed ingredient for livestock — is gaining popularity in markets around the world.

Market Access Programme (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) funds support US producers’ and agribusiness efforts in the development, maintenance and expansion of US corn, barley, sorghum and related co-product exports through the US Grains Council.

In the 2010 marketing year, many notable markets drastically increased their imports of US DDGS. These markets include Chile, Morocco, Egypt, China, Japan and Thailand.

The Council conducts educational seminars and feeding trials around the world to increase familiarity and usage of the US feed ingredient.

MAP and FMD funds have allowed the Council to actively promote DDGS around the world, increasing demand for the product and thus increasing exports to reach 7.2 million metric tons in 2010 for a total of $1.4 billion dollars in sales.

In the current September-August marketing year through February, exports of DDGS total 4.4 million tons, valued at $864,000. This is a 25 per cent increase from the same time period of the previous year.