Educational workshops on the value of U.S. distillers dried grains were hosted recently in Peru by the U.S. Grains Council, along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service office in Lima, according to an article on the Council's website (http://bit.ly/…).
Peru's demand for U.S. corn has been rising, largely due to the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement. So far in 2016, Peru has already purchased 2.0 million metric tons (78.7 million bushels) of U.S. corn.
The growing demand for U.S. corn has created opportunities for expansion of sorghum and DDGS sales through vessel traffic and combination shipments. To pursue those markets, the Council's workshops focused on the nutritional value of both U.S. DDGS and sorghum, as well as U.S. contracting procedures and purchasing specifications.
One of the consistent buyers of U.S. DDGS is Peruvian milk processor Gloria.
USGC Regional Director for the Western Hemisphere Marri Carrow said, "We want to expand that use to the poultry, swine and even beef sectors, and encourage additional consistent buyers."
Grains Council representatives also educated Peruvian buyers and nutritionists on sorghum and DDGS supply/demand, nutritional value and quality standards. The Council group also visited some large dairy operations in Peru to better understand their needs and the potential markets for U.S. coarse grains and coproducts.
Cheryl Anderson can be reached at Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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