Key Buyers from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa Region Heading to Export Exchange

  • Importers from 11 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe to attend Export Exchange 2014
  • Growing demand in the region means attendees are looking to build business with U.S. grains suppliers
  • Export Exchange 2014 is taking place Oct. 20-22 in Seattle

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 4, 2014 – Export Exchange 2014™ will host international attendees from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Participants include many of the largest importers of U.S. coarse grains and ethanol co-products in the region, including importers distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), corn gluten feed and corn gluten meal. This region continues to see increases in demand for coarse grains and ethanol co-products as their food and energy industries develop and expand.

Attendees from the region will include corn importers, feed millers, poultry and dairy industry representatives, DDGS importers and corn gluten meal importers. At the event, they and other attendees will learn the latest about U.S. product conditions and quality and build relationships with U.S. suppliers.

Export Exchange is the premier international trade conference focused on the export of U.S. coarse grains and ethanol co-products, co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) and the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA). Approximately 300 U.S. suppliers and agribusiness representatives as well as more than 180 international buyers are expected to attend Export Exchange 2014, scheduled for Oct. 20-22 at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

Participants include representatives from the following companies:


  • Group ONAB


  • Wadi Holdings
  • Medsofts
  • National Co. for Maize Products
  • Cairo 3A
  • Cargill Egypt
  • Egyptian Milk Producers Association
  • Agricultural Research Center, Ministry of Agriculture


  • Brett Brothers Limited
  • Aurivo Co-operative Society Ltd.
  • Connolly Red Mills


  • AMBAR Feed Mill
  • Sherutei Bar Ltd.
  • Industries Centers EOD
  • Zemach Feed Mill


  • Hammoudeh Grain
  • AL-Estesharia for Poultry and Feed Co.


  • Graderco SA
  • Alf Sahel
  • Casa Grains
  • Yellowrock


  • Finançor Agro-Alimentar S.A.

Saudi Arabia:

  • National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC)
  • Al Watania Poultry
  • National Feed Company Ltd.
  • Fakieh Poultry Farm Company
  • IYA Investment Co.
  • Al Marai Company


  • Confederación Española de Fabricantes de Alimentos Compuestos para Animales (CESFAC)


  • Poulina Group Holding
  • Comptoir Multiservices Agricole (CMA)


  • Seta Tarim URUNLERI A.S
  • Abalioglu Feed & Soybean Product Ltd.
  • Matli Feed Industry Co.
  • Tiryaki Agro Ltd.
  • Akel Tekstil San Ve Tic A.S

“Export Exchange gives our international attendees the chance to meet with people they already know and have been doing business with and a chance to meet the new, additional suppliers,” said Cary Sifferath, U.S. Grains Council’s regional director of the Middle East and North Africa.

“Some companies in the region have been buying U.S. corn or DDGS on a long term basis. For some of the others, Export Exchange gives them a chance to get introduced to new suppliers in the United States.”
As demand for poultry, dairy and other food products expands throughout the region, imports of feed grains are needed to grow the countries’ livestock industries. Political stabilization in many countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Morocco, has also led to increasing imports.

Over the last year, U.S. corn imports into the Middle East and North Africa have rebounded. More than 4.2 million metric tons (163.8 million bushels) of U.S. corn have been sold to the region in the 2013/2014 marketing year, while only 274,000 tons (10.8 million bushels) were sold in 2012/2013.

Export Exchange is held every two years. The 2012 event broke records in attendance and attracted buying teams from 33 countries, including all of the top U.S. international coarse grains and ethanol co-products markets. Attendance at this year’s event is expected to set a new record, creating more opportunities for U.S. merchandisers to connect with buyers and build business.

Please visit to register today and find more information. USGC and RFA members are eligible for discounted pricing and should identify themselves as such at the time of registration.