US Grains Council intensifies marketing to Egypt
The United States Grains Council recently sent a nutritionist and private consultant to Egypt in an attempt to increase that country's imports of distiller's dried grains with solubles, a market in which they hold 100 percent control.
April 25, 2008 By United States Grains Council
April 24, 2008
Since 2005 when U.S. Grains Council efforts helped add distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) to Egypt’s list of approved commodities for importation, the country has imported 61,000 metric tons of the product during marketing year 2007 until March 2008. Currently, the United States has a 100 percent market share in the country.
To further capitalize on Egypt’s market potential, the Council sent a consultant to the country further promoting U.S. DDGS in feed rations.
Darwin Britzman, a nutritionist and private consultant, is currently in the country visiting commercial broilers, layers, dairy, beef and fish operations with Dr. Hussein Soliman, director of the USGC Egypt office. Since starting his consultations in Egypt, Britzman has delivered presentations at a workshop which attracted more than 100 end-users. His consultations come shortly after Egypt imported two shipments of DDGS and two shipments of corn gluten feed (CGF), both of U.S. origin.
The two DDGS shipments totalled 15,000 tons as did the two shipments of CGF.
"Dr. Britzman is explaining to end-users that DDGS should be treated as a feed ingredient that has middle nutritive value that complements corn and soy. He is also promoting its many other advantages such as its high energy, protein, phosphorous, xanthophyl and methionine levels," Soliman said.
In Egypt, DDGS are used in commercial broilers, layers, dairy, beef and fish but are also used to produce camel feed.
"One feed mill has started to produce camel feed containing DDGS," Soliman said, adding that camel meat and milk are widely consumed in the Middle East.
As Britzman continues his consultations, he will persuade end-users not to value DDGS as a percentage of the price of corn but to give it a fair value between corn and soy, much like what is done with corn gluten meal and CGF. He will also continue to formulate feed rations for different livestock sectors for use in demonstration trials.