Sustained Marketing Efforts Create A Robust, Growing Export Market For U.S. DDGS

Seventeen years of sustained market education efforts by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC)its partners in the U.S. corn and ethanol industries and experts at U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA’s FAS) have built a robust global market for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) worth more than $2.24 billion in 2019 

The Council’s engagement has been critical to the development of the U.S. ethanol industry, which consumes 40 percent of U.S.-grown corn each year. As competition and volume have increased in the ethanol industry, DDGS sales have become an increasingly important profit center as well as a much-demanded feed ingredient by buyers across the globe. 

The Council’s work with DDGS export market development began in 2003 when its Board of Directors voted to launch a robust, worldwide marketing program for the product involving marketing seminars, buyer education, feeding trials and biannual buyer conferences to bring customers together with U.S. suppliers and technical experts.