Latin America’s Barley Sector Builds Ties with U.S. Producers and Exporters


By: Javier Chavez, U.S. Grains Council Marketing Specialist in Mexico

Latin America’s primary use of barley is in the brewing sector, either as malt or malting barley. To strengthen this growing sector’s ties with U.S. barley producers and malt exporters, the U.S. Grains Council recently escorted two teams from Latin America and Mexico to key U.S. barley growing areas including Colorado, Montana and North Dakota.

Providing Key Information to Korea’s Swine Sector

By: Byong Ryol Min, U.S. Grains Council Director in Korea

The U.S. Grains Council recently held a webinar to educate Korean swine nutritionists and feed formulation specialists on the benefits of using U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), covering topics as wide ranging as DDGS production, digestibility, energy and proper inclusion rates of DDGS in various swine diets.

Face-to-Face Interactions Key to Building Relationships

Saudi Team 1

By: Cary Sifferath, U.S. Grains Council Regional Director of the Middle East and Africa

In August 2011, the U.S. Grains Council successfully achieved the inclusion of distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS), corn gluten feed (CGF) and other U.S. commodities on the Saudi Arabian import subsidy list. Inclusion on this import subsidy list is essential in eliciting interest from Saudi importers of these products. This success has had a real impact: as of Aug. 14, a few weeks from the end of the current marketing year, Saudi Arabia had imported 2.75 times more U.S. corn than over the same time period in the 2012/2013 marketing year.

Showcasing U.S. Barley to the Japanese Food Barley Buyers and End-Users

Japanese Barley team 1

By: Tommy Hamamoto, U.S. Grains Council Director in Japan
Japan is an important market for U.S. food barley, which is used in tea, liquor and cereal. In 2013, Japan nearly doubled imports of U.S. barley for food compared to 2012, in part due to promotional efforts by the U.S. Grains Council. In support of this effort, the Council hosted a Japanese food barley team composed of key buyers and end-users to the U.S. barley belt from July 29 to Aug. 6.

Top US Customer a Top Priority for the Council

Japan group visit

By: Erick Erickson, U.S. Grains Council Vice President

The U.S. Grains Council met with long-standing Japanese customers of U.S. commodity corn, non-genetically modified corn and sorghum this week in Washington, D.C. The groups, the Japanese Feed Manufacturer’s Association, Zen-Noh and the Japanese Corn Starch, all affirmed their appreciation for their long-standing trade relationship with the United States and the opportunity to meet regularly to discuss concerns and issues. They then presented their list of concerns.

Strengthening Ties While Promoting US Sorghum for Food Use in Japan

BP show

By: Tommy Hamamoto, U.S. Grains Council Director of Japan

While Japan has long been a mature and stable market, there are still opportunities for growth. The potential demand for U.S. sorghum to be used for food is one example. Aware of this potential market, the U.S. Grains Council has been promoting the development of new health food products made from U.S. sorghum in Japan.

China DDGS Situation: Update


By: Kevin Roepke, U.S. Grains Council Director of Trade Development in China

The situation with U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) imports to China continues to evolve on a daily basis. Recent conversations between the U.S. Grains Council and the China Inspection and Quarantine Service suggest a more pro-active stance on the part of CIQ for resolving the status of approximately 90,000 metric tons of U.S. DDGS stranded in Shanghai.