A recent trade mission to China was aimed at developing markets for U.S. ethanol and dried distillers grains with solubles, according to an article by Ethanol Producer (http://bit.ly/…).
The purpose of the trip was also to reinforce current relations with China, as trade between the U.S. and China has grown 1,530% in the past 20 years, from $33 billion in 1992 to $538 billion in 2012. That booming trade was why the Renewable Fuels Association joined in a trade mission trip to China led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary Michael Scuse.
Touring the rapidly-growing, northeastern region of China, the group first visited Huishan Dairy and Haoyue, a Chinese beef company, and found both to be modern facilities that utilize DDGS. China is the largest buyer of U.S. DDGS, purchasing more than half of all U.S. DDGS exports.
The group also toured ethanol plants in Chanchun and Jilin. Ethanol is blended in only six Chinese provinces and accounts for less than one percent of the country's fuel supply.
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