Council Continues to Promote US Corn in Indonesian Wet Milling Sector

By Adel Yusupov, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for South East Asiaadel-yusupov

This past June, the U.S. Grains Council invited Dr. Vijay Singh, a U.S. consultant to visit Indonesia to perform one-one-one technical consultations with Indonesia’s largest wet milling company, Redwood Indonesia. The Council along with Dr. Singh, spent one week with the company’s key management and technical teams to educate them on wet milling processing technology and advantages of using U.S. corn in wet milling operations. 

Back in January 2011, The Council and Redwood Indonesia signed a memorandum of understanding, announcing the start of a cooperative agreement between the organizations. As part of the agreement, the Council provides technical assistance and information on the advantages of using U.S. corn in wet milling operations. In exchange, Redwood Indonesia gave preference to purchasing U.S. origin corn. As a result of this continual targeted customer technical servicing program, Redwood Indonesia imported close to 300,000 metric tons (11.8 million bushels) of U.S. corn in calendar year 2011, valued at $77 million.

Programs like these are effective in assuring Indonesian corn wet millers that U.S. corn has superior wet milling qualities in comparison to corn from Argentina, Brazil, India and Indonesia. 

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