Utilizing Market Access Program (MAP) funding, the U.S. Grains Council conducted an intensive promotion of the use of white food-grade sorghum as a gluten-free food ingredient for the Japanese market.
Japanese consumers are increasingly focused on healthy alternative food products, and the Council has responded to this market opportunity by promoting U.S. white sorghum. The health food market in Japan demands a premium price and offers an additional, value-added market for U.S. sorghum producers.
The U.S. Grains Council sponsored a 12-member Korean feed grains buyer team to the United States for Export Exchange 2016 program, resulting in more than $9 million in grain sales.
Using Market Assess Program (MAP) funds, the U.S. Grains Council hosted a six-person team from Saudi Arabia to the biennial Export Exchange, held in October in Detroit, Michigan. The team included representatives of major feed grain importing companies in Saudi Arabia who visited corn producers, ethanol plants and major grain exporters in South Dakota and Michigan prior to participating in the main conference.
Using Market Access Funds (MAP), the U.S. Grains Council has taken advantage of a market opportunity and aggressively promoted U.S. corn to major grain importers in Algeria.
History was made in 2016 in Bangladesh’s feed industry, thanks to resources provided by the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program being used in that country by the U.S. Grains Council.
There, the Council invested approximately $150,000 of MAP funds in programming and educational activities, beginning in 2014. By 2016, U.S.-origin corn found its way to the shores of Bangladesh for the first time in history, with total sales worth $17 million, for a return on investment (ROI) of $113 for every $1 invested.
Canada is a vital market for U.S. feed grains and co-products due to its proximity to the U.S. corn production area and ethanol plants along the northern border of the United States. In the most recent marketing year, the United States’ northern neighbor was the seventh-largest U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) export destination and the ninth-largest U.S. corn export market destination.
Despite these numbers, Canada’s imports have been on a steady decline in imports since 2010, largely due to the market effects of China’s surge in DDGS demand.
The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) invested $50,000 of Market Access Program (MAP) funds in two separate ethanol marketing programs for the Peruvian market in 2015. As a result of these efforts, buyers in Peru purchased $15 million of U.S. ethanol, for a return on investment (ROI) of $299 for every $1 of MAP funds invested.
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