WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — In the process of growing Mexico into the U.S.’s second-largest market for U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) has transformed Mexico into a powerful international showcase for the benefits of U.S. DDGS utilization, the council said on July 22.

Recently, the council’s Latin America and Caribbean Region office escorted a team of Ecuadorian feed millers and nutritionists to see the use of U.S. DDGS in Mexico firsthand.

Team members were encouraged to interact and share question with their Mexican counterparts about DDGS use. A main focus for the council during this trip was to educate the Ecuadorian team on proper DDGS inclusion rates in their feed formulations.

“Giving end-users the opportunity to see U.S. DDGS at work was incredibly helpful for this team. Seeing this process in Mexico, another importing market, certainly helped the Ecuadorian team visualize using the product themselves,” said Kurt Schultz, USGC regional director for Latin America and Caribbean region.

Ecuador has imported DDGS in the past and is currently considering resuming those imports. Through escorting this team from Ecuador, as well as another team planned later this year, the Council hopes to create yet another consistent, reliable market for U.S. DDGS. With the successful example of Mexico, there is much reason to be optimistic.