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 bi–annual buyer conferences to bring customers together with U.S. suppliers and technical experts.
About The U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 28 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Detailed information about the Council and its programs is online at www.grains.org.