US distillers grains exports nearly double in 2008

By | April 14, 2009
In 2008, U.S. distillers grains exports nearly doubled compared with the previous year, rising 91 percent from 2.36 million metric tons (mmt) in 2007 to 4.51 mmt in 2008, according to the Foreign Agricultural Service. Total U.S. distillers grains production in 2008 was approximately 22 mmt, so exports accounted for approximately 20 percent of total domestic production. For the third consecutive year, Mexico is the top importer of U.S. distillers grains, and in 2008 U.S.'s southern neighbor imported nearly 1.2 mmt, accounting for 26 percent of total U.S. exports. Mexico imported 68 percent more distillers grains in 2008 than in 2007. Canada ranked second, importing close to 772,000 metric tons. Turkey ranked third, importing more than 465,000 metric tons in 2008, tripling the amount of U.S. distillers grains shipped there compared with the previous year.