Exports of U.S.-produced corn gluten meal to Southeast Asia increased by 47% in the past year, according to the U.S. Grains Council (http://bit.ly/…).
Corn gluten meal, according to the Council, is the combination of bran fibers and corn oil cake left from the extraction of corn oil from the corn hull or bran.
Importing nearly 400,000 metric tons in 2013, Southeast Asia has become a vital market for the U.S. with three of the top 10 CGM export markets located in that region. Indonesia alone accounted for 25% of the market due to its high demand for high-quality protein from its poultry industry, importing more than 256,000 tons of CGM imports valued at $176 million in 2013, marking a 36% increase from the 2012 total.
Because Indonesia's lack of technical and trade information limited its CGM use and imports, the Council conducted a series of workshops and meetings to introduce CGM as a valuable protein source and to encourage end users to utilize CGM.
Adel Yusupov, USGC regional director for southeast Asia, said, "Even with this large increase, there is still work to be done. The Council's overall long-term objective for Indonesia is to win an increasing share of the growing demand for U.S. coarse grains and co-products through intensive market education."
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