News & Events
This week's U.S. Grains Council Chart of the Week shows poultry meat consumption in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The pattern of increased poultry meat consumption in developing countries reflects the growing demand for improved diets. This chart suggests that the higher commodity and input prices in recent years have had little impact on the growth of poultry meat consumption in the developing world.
At the U.S. Grains Council's 10th International Marketing Conference and 53rd Annual Membership Meeting in Charleston, S.C., Feb. 11-13, 2013, attendees will enjoy the opportunity to hear how the Council's mission of Developing Markets, Enabling Trade and Improving Lives is achieved. Dr. Hussein Soliman, USGC director in Egypt, will provide a unique glimpse at the work he has done and some challenges he has faced during his more than 20 year tenure promoting U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and co-products.
By Cary Sifferath, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director for the Middle East and Africa
Hatam Chaabouni, president of Chaabouni Group in Tunisia, imported his first container of U.S. distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) in 2010, but high U.S. corn prices subsequently made it increasingly difficult to purchase mixed shipments of corn and DDGS.
In a win-win effort for both the Moroccan feed industry and the United States, the Moroccan government has agreed to reduce the value added tax (VAT) from 20 percent to 7 percent on corn co-products such as DDGS (distiller's dried grains with solubles) and CGF (corn gluten feed).