USSEC Japan participated in the 21st National Natto Competition Award Ceremony held at Seiyoken in Ueno, Tokyo in conjunction with the 62nd annual board meeting of the Japan Natto Cooperative Society Federation to present an award to the winner of 2016 Red River Valley U.S. Award.
The Red River Valley U.S. Award was established by USSEC in the U.S. Soybean Prize Category in the 2011 National Natto Competition in collaboration with the Northern Food Grade Soybean Association (NFGSA) to build the total brand value of U.S. Soybeans in the natto industry.
NFGSA vice chairman Bob Sinner presented the Red River Valley U.S. Award certificate and plaque to the winner. Jess Pauslon, Agricultural Attaché from the U.S. Embassy Tokyo, made a congratulatory speech during the ceremony highlighting the U.S. commitment to consistently supply U.S. soybeans to the Japanese natto industry, and praised the natto industry for making a concerted, enthusiastic effort to promote the value of natto.
The winner of the 6th Red River Valley U.S. Award was Sasanuma Goro Shoten, located in Ibaragi Prefecture. Company president Hiroshi Sasamuma has been printing his U.S. soybean farmer’s name and U.S. flag on his natto product for several years.
Current soy use for Japanese natto production per year is 126,000 metric tons (MT) and the natto retail market size in value is approximately $1.8 billion USD, a 14 percent increase between 2011 and 2014.
USSEC and FNGSA will continue to commit to the Japanese natto industry. U.S. Soy supplies 80 percent of the natto industry’s needs, strengthening sustainable U.S. Soy sales and preserving brand loyalty.
USSEC’s aquaculture efforts in China were recently featured in Rural Life Today magazine.
Rural Life Today visited the USSEC team in China for a feature about aquaculture and demand for U.S. Soy in that country. The articles focus on USSEC’s endeavors to build demand for U.S. Soy in China and a visit to a Shanghai fish farm and conversation with USSEC Program Manager – Aquaculture Jim Zhang about the demand for U.S. Soy in aquaculture.
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The program for the 2016 U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange is taking shape.
Confirmed speakers include Seth Meyers, Ph.D., Chairman, World Agriculture Outlook Board, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Chief Economist; Adam Schlicht, Great Lakes Regional Representative, U.S. DOT St. Lawrence Seaway Development; Gonzalo G. Mateos, Ph.D. – Universidad Politechnica de Madrid, Spain; Pauline Oudin, Managing Director, Sopexa; Daniel Redo, Ph.D, Manager, Agricultural Research, Thomsen Reuters Lanworth; and Jay Bryson, Ph.D., Global Economist, Wells Fargo.
USSEC anticipates hosting 200 to 250 international trade team soy and grain buyers from around the world, as well as top U.S. ag supplier industry representatives from food and feed soy and grain exporters. Teams from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan. Northern and Southern Europe, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey, Romania, Russia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, West Africa and the Asian Subcontinent have already confirmed their attendance.
The conference will take place August 30 through September 1 in Indianapolis.
For more information or to register, please visit https://ussoyexchange.org.
USSEC conducted a negotiation course on April 6 and 7 with the objective of increasing the sales of U.S. soybean oil. This workshop was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and representatives from the Dominican’s soybean oil refineries’ sales forces attended.
The workshop was given by USSEC consultant Javier Sanchez and provided participants with the knowledge necessary to improve their negotiation skills and strategies. The attendees have to make different negotiations with supermarkets, distributors and other stores in their sales positions. The primary skills that they learned were: the main roles in a negotiation agreement; the position when people negotiate; know that a win-win position is the best alternative; and steps for a successful negotiation. This was a dynamic and interactive course.
USSEC consultants Jorge Martínez and Fradbelin Escarraman presented topics related to soybean oil to provide additional sales tools to event participants. Mr. Escarraman opened the event and spoke about USSEC’s mission and market opportunities for soybean oil in various market segments. Mr. Martínez spoke about the characteristics and nutrition benefits of U.S. soybean oil and about the uses of U.S. soybean oil in the food industry.
USSEC hosted a two-day soybean oil marketing roundtable in Busan, South Korea on April 29 and 30.
The objective of the roundtable was to determine opportunities for and threats to soybean oil and to discuss the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) as a tool to differentiate soybean oil produced from U.S. soybeans.
Participants included eight soybean purchasing, soybean oil production, and marketing staff from two local crushing companies and their association.
USSEC delivered information on the nutritional benefits of soybean oil with a focus on fatty acid profile; the changing dietary habits of Korean public consumers as family size shrinks; and soybean oil promotional activities in other regions of the world. Attendees also heard a presentation about the benefits of the SSAP in its marketing effort for soybean oil. Participants heard key messages including soybean oil’s health benefits, including an ideal ratio of poly- vs. mono- vs. saturated fatty acid (P:M:S) and omega 6 vs. omega 3 fatty acid (ω-6:ω-3). The home meal replacement (HMR) sector is potentially a promising market for soybean oil because of the increase of people who are eating out and ordering take out as family size shrinks.
Inter Industrias del Sur Este, formed by eight feed mills, imports U.S. products, especially corn and U.S. soybeans (87,000 metric tons (MT)/year) for those feed mills. The company recently requested USSEC’s advice regarding the use of more full fat soybean meal (FFSBM) in poultry diets because one of its members, CRIO Group, wanted to increase the level of FFSBM in its diets, and they had several questions on the efficient use of FFSBM.
CRIO Group is the fourth largest hen laying company in Mexico with 6.5 million layers and produces 11,000 broilers per week. CRIO uses 5000 MT/month of full-fat soybeans from U.S. beans and also buys 7,500 MT/month of soybean meal. The group’s main questions were related to the nutritional value of FFSBM and soybean meal, the effect of processing in its nutritional value, ways to evaluate good quality FFSBM and soybean meal, as well as many questions about the problems of high levels of FFSBM in diets and general questions about these two soybean products.
To answer these questions, USSEC animal utilization consultant Carlos Campabadal presented two conferences to CRIO’s technical staff titled, “The Effect of Using a Low Quality Processed Soybean Meal” and “The Use of Full Fat Soybeans in Animal Diets.” Dr. Campabadal recommended increasing the level of FFSBM in the poultry diets between five and ten percent.
During this trip, Dr. Campabadal also visited other members of the Inter Industrias del Sur Este including Lorgan, Malta Texo, and Industria Avipecuarias Peninsulares (KAKI), and they received technical assistance in poultry nutrition and feed manufacturing.
Through its public education initiative, USSEC shares soy-related research, and highlights the work of experts conducting studies on the health effects of eating soy.
According to Mexican researchers, one benefit of soyfoods is improving insulin sensitivity and reducing the risk of developing diabetes. Nimbe Torres, Ph.D., and Armando R. Tovar, Ph.D., both from the Department of Physiology of Nutrition at the Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, have been conducting diabetes-related research focused on the effects of soy protein and soyfoods.
Insulin helps cells (muscle, fat and liver cells) absorb glucose and use it for energy. With the condition of insulin resistance, the body does not effectively use the insulin it produces, which increases the risk for type 2 diabetes. Among the clinical trials Drs. Torres and Tovar have conducted is one using different functional foods, including 25 grams (g) of soy protein, as part of a dietary strategy.
“During the development of obesity, several metabolic abnormalities appear gradually. One of them is insulin resistance,” say Drs. Torres and Tovar. “Over time, the development of insulin resistance can lead to type 2 diabetes.”
Research conducted by Drs. Torres and Tovar takes on new relevance in an era when diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. In the U.S., a 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report found that 29.1 million people (9.3 percent of the population) have diabetes. The percentage of people with diabetes is even higher in Mexico. According to the International Diabetes Federation, there were 9 million cases of diabetes in Mexico in last year (approximately 12 percent of the country’s population). However, making diet and lifestyle changes—including maintaining a healthy weight and increasing physical activity—can delay or even prevent diabetes.
“Previous studies in our department with patients with type 2 diabetes have demonstrated that adding soy protein to the breakfast meal helps to limit the rise in blood glucose levels, which will in turn helps to minimize damage to the arteries which is common in people with diabetes,” state Drs. Torres and Tovar. In addition to eating at least 25 g of soy protein a day, they recommend that those with diabetes reduce their intake of refined carbohydrates and lower their intake of saturated fats. “Preliminary results have shown that the adoption of this dietary strategy significantly reduces insulin resistance and glycated hemoglobin, an indication of better long-term glucose control.”
According to Mark Messina, Ph.D., M.S., “People with diabetes are at greater risk of developing heart disease and renal disease. There is evidence that soyfoods are protective against both of those diseases, so there are several reasons for people with diabetes to make soy a part of their diet.”
USSEC recently released the report, “Soybean Meal Quality by Origin, report no. 4/2016,” based on current (May) and future (August-October) feedstuff prices for feeds of different species.
The report shows the added value of higher quality soybean meal by origin for different regions based on current feedstuff prices in feeds for swine, layers and/or broilers.
The report highlights that:
- Although soybean meal is sold on a per unit of protein basis, differences in digestible energy and amino acid content contribute more to the value of soybean meal
- Differences in value are largest for broiler feeds followed by layer and swine feeds in all regions.
- Soybean meal prices have increased significantly in the Netherlands, Spain and Poland; the future price (August-October) has also increased and is only slightly lower than the current price.
- The prices of synthetic amino acids like DL Methionine, L Threonine and L Tryptophan have decreased more, decreasing the added value of high(er) quality Hipro soybean meal. The value of Hipro soybean meal from the U.S. increases with high prices of the synthetic amino acids because of a higher digestible amino acid content.
USSEC had the privilege of hosting a group consisting of nine Ecuadorian agriculturalists during a weeklong trip through Missouri and Iowa. From April 25-29, the group, composed of Ecuadorian farmers and representatives from the Ecuador Minister of Agriculture’s office, learned the ins and outs of soybean and corn production through various meetings with businesses in the ag industry, academia and farmers.
Francisco de la Torre, USSEC Regional Representative for the Americas region, viewed the chance to host this team as an excellent opportunity to expand on the current relationship between the U.S. agricultural industry and Ecuadorian ag producers and consumers. Additionally, providing the group with a firsthand encounter of U.S. agriculture instilled a higher sense of confidence and trust in the crops produced by U.S. farmers.
“Providing the opportunity for importers of U.S. Soy and other commodities to see how the production process works is increasingly valuable,” said Mr. de la Torre. “People want to know where their food comes from and how it was produced. Ecuador is purchasing more and more U.S. Soy every year; we want them to know that no one can produce the same high quality products as efficiently as the U.S. farmer.”
The team had a series of meetings discussing current production and management practices at both the University of Missouri and Iowa State University. The group was especially interested in the topics of biotechnology, as Ecuadorian producers do not currently produce genetically modified crops; sustainability; and yields. Additionally, the team had the opportunity to visit both the Bay Research Farm, the Missouri Soybean Association’s farm and home to Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC) research, and Greenley Research Center in Missouri. Staff from the University of Missouri discussed the basics of planting, breeding, feed trail, and production management research taking places at the farms.
Additional visits to industry members allowed the team to learn more about the hands-on presence of U.S. agriculture. DuPont Pioneer hosted the team at their headquarters in Johnston, Iowa, allowing them the opportunity to learn more about one of the world’s largest seed companies. ADM introduced them to a soybean processing facility in Des Moines, Iowa, discussing the various soy products they produce and the importance of sustainability in the industry. The Iowa Corn Growers Association gave great insight on the functionality of farmer-supported organizations and how each contribution impacts the marketability of U.S. commodities. The MSMC and Iowa Soybean Association also had the opportunity to meet with the visiting agriculturalists, as well as assisting with the planning of visits during the trip.
The highlights of the trip for the Ecuadorian guests included trips to farms in Missouri and Iowa. Despite stormy conditions, Doug and Becky Thomas were able to discuss their operations and the importance of their family being involved in their northern Missouri operation. Additionally, the team was able to visit with Rolland Schnell, Iowa farmer and President Elect of the Iowa Soybean Association Board of Directors, on his farm in central Iowa. Rolland and wife Donna discussed their involvement with the Iowa Soybean Association and how the association positively impacts Iowa farming. The team was greatly interested in Mr. Schnell’s and the Thomas’ usage precision technology, selecting and using genetically modified hybrids, and investments in equipment and facilities.
Mr. Schnell took great pleasure in the opportunity to host this team.
“The thing that impressed me most about this team was their interest in the details and all the aspects of our operations. From how we select or seed and technologies to our equipment and management practices, they were completely interested in everything we shared. Hosting them was a wonderful opportunity,” said Mr. Schnell.
“Allowing trade teams and others with interest in U.S. Soy and American agriculture to participate in on-site interaction with farmers and others in the industry is very beneficial,” said Eric Gibson, Stakeholder Relations Coordinator at USSEC. “The groups who met with our guests are enthusiastic about sharing their experiences in the industry. Agriculture and food production has a great story to tell and many eager to do just that.”
USSEC hosts a number of trade teams from around the world each year. To find out about USSEC’s involvement with trade teams or if you have interest in hosting a team, please contact Eric Gibson, Stakeholder Relations Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Romania most likely boasts the largest number of soy extrusion plants of any European country. Over 20 companies have their own soy extrusion plants and at this stage, the main challenge is the continuous supply of beans needed in order to keep the existing extrusion plants running all twelve months of the year.
During the first week of May, USSEC consultants Mian Riaz and Juan Acedo Rico visited Romania in order to understand the current status of the soy extrusion technology use and to evaluate the adoption of good manufacturing practices in full fat soybean meal production, conveyed through different USSEC activities organized over the past few years.
“The output of the past activities carried out by USSEC in Romania are outstanding,” Dr. Riaz commented. “We are impressed with the high level of adoption in a relatively short period of time of soy extrusion, mainly dry extrusion technology, developed by U.S. Insta Pro Iowa. The customers we visited with this week in Romania have the capability to properly process soybeans by means of extrusion – expelling and quality of the products is very good,” he continued. “We are glad to see that and we can acknowledge that there is a high demand for beans here, and the people we met are looking at ways of getting their facilities back into production by harvest season in the U.S.”
During discussions with the plant managers, the consultants emphasized the optimum parameters for maximum full fat soybean meal quality. They also highlighted the nutritional benefits for non-ruminants of extruded soy.
“Dry extruded soybean meal is high in both protein and energy, which creates a highly competitive ingredient against other oilseeds used in animal feeding. As a farm-processed raw material, full fat soybean meal is a fresh ingredient with reputedly lower feed costs and improves animal performance,” explained USSEC Animal Utilization Consultant – Romania Iani Chihaia. “Especially in broiler feeding, extruded soy’s benefit is that it supplies over 30 percent of the energy in the feeds, thereby reducing the need for expensive vegetable oils, and the demand for full fat soybeans should grow. The fact that it can be used in many applications in high value feeds makes extruded soy very appealing to the Romanian feed manufactures.”
“Besides the quality of the beans, a fundamental understanding and experience in engineering is required for the design of the extrusion plants. Today, that work incorporates the understanding of the functional properties of soy, selecting the right equipment, coupled with practical experience,” Dr. Acedo Rico said. “However, improper engineering design is just one of many functions that could ruin a soy extrusion business,” he added.
“Because it does not grow enough soybeans for its feed and livestock requirements, Romania imports over 80 percent of the meal consumed by the feed industry. Early this year, U.S. soybean meal imports filled the gap for the first quarter, but starting with the second quarter, there are no bean stocks available in the country,” stated Dr. Iani. “The main achievement of this week’s activity implemented in Romania is that we revived hopes for a potential resurgence in extruded full fat soybean production, which prepares the ground for U.S. bean imports from this year’s crop from the U.S.”
USSEC organized a “Full Fat One-on-One Workshop” as a follow-up to the second poultry roundtable for Maghreb’s feed industry. The workshop was held in May in Casablanca.
USSEC consultant and director of Texas A & M University’s Food Protein R&D Center Mian Riaz provided technical assistance to Alf Sahel, Morocco’s largest feed mill, and Copag, the country’s largest dairy cooperative.
The main objectives of the one-on-one workshop were to further assist with technical aspects of extrusion projects in both the poultry and dairy industries. USSEC’s assistance to key customers improves decision makers’ technical knowledge, leading to better utilization of U.S. soybeans.
The production of full fat soybeans is seen as a means of product diversification to increase U.S. Soy’s share in the Morocco market, which already imports U.S. soybeans, soy hulls, soybean oil and meal.
The animal production and poultry sectors have been the primary drivers of Morocco’s soybean market and would further benefit from full fat production.
The issues discussed not only showed high interest in the quality of U.S. Soy products, and but also the trust and confidence of the USSEC organization.
USSEC’s efforts will continue to sustain demand for U.S. Soy and develop the loyalty of leading customers.
On March 15 and 16, the Costa Rican Swine Producers Association presented the Costa Rica Annual Swine Congress at Cariari Country Club in Heredia, Costa Rica.
USSEC participated as a co-sponsor and two technicians participated in key roles. USSEC consultant Julio Chaves was involved in the development of the program as the chairperson of the scientific committee and also served as master of ceremony for the entire event, and USSEC consultant Carlos Campabadal gave a talk about differences in soymeal quality based upon country of origin.
One hundred and six producers from different parts of Costa Rica attended this annual event. 15 presentations were given and 65 people from commercial firms interacted with the audience at stands and booths.
Extrusion technology has been the key tool for Vietnamese feedmillers to manufacture quality pellet feed for the country’s aquafeed market. This technology helps solve the problems of uneven size pellets; sinking vs. floating feed; extruder screw configuration; and calculating the die opening area, which are major concerns for feedmill staff. USSEC Vietnam conducted a tailor-made seminar with questionnaires sent to participants one month prior to the seminar date. Following the feedmill’s response, the seminar content was set up to give a solution to specific questions raised.
USSEC consultant and director of Texas A & M University’s Food Protein R&D Center Mian Riaz was invited to be the key speaker and to interact with feedmill participants for two in-house seminars in Binh Duong and Dong Thap provinces, and one public seminar in Saigon.
At the in-house seminars, participants felt free to express their technical issues. At the public seminar, where the production and formulation staffs came from different companies, it was assumed that the ambiance would be sensitive; the interaction was truly open, however, since feedmill staff could get a chance to share experiences from each other regardless of the competitive situation on the aquafeed market.
Plant protein, especially from soy, was concluded to be a good replacement to fishmeal to contribute to the stability of the pellet, thanks to its good functional protein properties.
Furthermore, participants were impressed by U.S. Soy production’s approach through the U.S. Soy Sustainability Assurance Protocol (SSAP) certification and reacted positively to U.S. Soy’s video “This is Harvest.”
USSEC – SEA held its Aquaculture Feed Nutrition Workshop in Manila on March 16.
The conference was organized by USSEC Technical Consultant, Aquaculture – Philippines Levy Manalac and USSEC Feedmill and Nutrition Consultant Mark Newman. Mr. Newman discussed what is new in fish and shrimp nutrition and how to utilize U.S. Soy products to reduce the amount of fishmeal and fish oil in aquaculture feeds. USSEC Technical Consultant, Animal Utilization – Philippines Basilisa Reas talked about the amino acid and energy in soybean meal used in poultry and livestock as a model for aquaculture nutrition. Katherine Bentoy, Alltech Technical Sales-Aquaculture, presented her experience with low and zero fish meal diets in the Japanese Marine Aquaculture Industry.
The workshop was attended by 29 participants from different aquaculture feedmills, a feed additive supplier, feedmill machineries, and an aqua feed formulation software in Philippines.
USSEC recently provided technical service to Mexican shrimp producers.
USSEC consultants Jairo Amezquita and Dr. Eduardo Reyes travelled to Ciudad Obregon, Los Mochis and Mazatlan, Mexico to visit shrimp producers who are customers of Vimifos, an aqua feed mill co-operator of USSEC. They provided recommendations to overcome the challenge with growth rates of a new shrimp strain from Ecuador that has been used for the past two years to improve the survival and production per hectare.
The consultants visited three shrimp farms where they made inspections and met with technical staff, highlighting how the current management of this shrimp strain and corresponding aquaculture practices are not working and are reducing performance conditions. They also discussed opportunities and challenges to develop recirculating water systems, current farm situations, and guidelines to prevent or mitigate the possible entrance of pathogens that could affect not only the growth rates but also the survival of the shrimp.
Additionally, Mr. Amezquita and Dr. Reyes conducted seminars for shrimp producers in each of the three cities visited. More than 150 people attended these events and Dr. Reyes presented a lecture, “How to Manage the Ecuadorian Shrimp Strain Under Mexican Conditions.” He explained how to improve the water conditions for shrimp production, emphasizing best aquaculture practices.
Mr. Amezquita addressed “USSEC’s Role in the Development of Aquaculture in the World,” where he emphasized the current situation of the aquaculture industry in the world, Latin America and Mexico, and spoke about opportunities to prevent early mortality syndrome (EMS). He also presented statistics and trial results of the inclusion of soybean protein concentrate (SPC) and soybean protein isolate (IP) into the diets for aqua species.
Last year, Mexico produced more than 100,000 metric tons (MT) of shrimp, which represented more than 50,000 MT of U.S. Soy products, with an even higher forecast for FY16-17.
USSEC attended a seminar given by the Bulgarian Feed Manufacturers Association on April 21. USSEC animal utilization consultants Dr. Jan van Eys and Dr. Iani Chihaia presented two keynote papers that focused on specific aspects of soybean meal differentiations and the advantages of U.S. Soy for feed production and formulation of feed products. Over 75 Bulgarian feed industry specialists attended the USSEC presentation with great interest.
“Thanks to USSEC’s efforts to join the annual conference, the Bulgarian feed manufacturers have access to the latest technical and soy market information,” stated Dr. Atanas Dardjikov, feed association president. “The information conveyed by the USSEC experts was very useful for us and we have gotten a clear message: U.S. Soy is nutritionally and economically advantageous relative to other origins.”
Dr. van Eys said, “It was clear that the general opinion was very positive and that the attendees agree with the fact that there are differences in soy products on the basis of origin, with U.S. Soy products being superior to other origins. In due time – and as markets increase in importance and openness – this should translate as increased demand for U.S. Soy and soybean meal.”
During the conference, the USSEC Award of Appreciation was presented to Dr. Dardjikov in honor and recognition of his extraordinary service, dedication to profession, outstanding leadership, and tireless efforts in building a successful partnership between the Bulgarian and U.S. feed industries.
Before and after the event, the USSEC consultants visited with leading companies and soy customers, VIAND (the largest independent feed miller in Bulgaria) and AMETA (the largest poultry integrator).
“Our meetings with customers were informative and allowed us to get a better understanding of the Bulgarian feed and livestock actual reality and potential for progress and expansion,” said Dr. Chihaia. “This helped us to understand the opportunities and potential that exists in the Bulgarian market for growth in animal production and consequently, in the use of U.S. Soy products. Continuing to support U.S. Soy’s customers will assist the development of this market and better position U.S. Soy products.”
Bulgaria may offer an important market opportunity in the near future for U.S. Soy. It stands to reason that extra effort in supporting current developments will deliver major returns in the near future. Within this context, the attendance and presentations at the Bulgarian Feed Association Annual conference underlined USSEC’s commitment to the development of the local feed industry.
USSEC participated in a technical seminar from April 19 – 21 in Sergiev Posad, Russia. The poultry seminar focused on new technologies in feed production, modern approaches to feeding of high productive crosses, quality control of raw materials, compound feeds and feed additives. It was organized by the Russian Poultry Research Institute (VNITIP).
A total of about 70 people attended this seminar. Attendees predominantly represented Russia’s feed and poultry industry.
USSEC consultant Gonzalo Mateos gave a presentation titled, “Traditional and Novel Ingredients in Practical Poultry Diets: Nutritive Value and Quality Control.” This presentation compared the nutritive value of different protein sources widely used by the EU and Russian poultry industries such as cereals and oilseed meals, clearly showing that variability of nutritive value within an ingredient is very high. Dr. Mateos demonstrated the benefits of soy products in poultry feeding versus other protein sources and provided data for understanding the quality differences in soybean meal (including differences in origin) and the impact on broiler production. The presentation was well received, as evidenced by the number of questions and reactions. The important role of USSEC and U.S. Soy products was clearly appreciated and recognized.
USSEC used this visit to network and gain a better understanding of the Russian markets. Although the current average share of cereals reaches 68 percent in poultry feeding ratios in Russia, the local poultry industry continues to be the main user of soybean meal. Poultry products are very important for Russian customers. Poultry meat occupies a 48 percent share in the structure of meat production in the country. In 2015, Russia produced more than 4.3 million tons of poultry meat in slaughtered weight and more than 42 billion eggs. Per capita, poultry meat production was 30.3 kilograms (kg) and 295 kg of eggs; it is forecasted to grow to 33.5 kg of poultry meat and 308 kg of eggs in 2020, showing that Russia’s demand for high protein feeds will continue to grow. Consequently, USSEC’s marketing efforts are beneficial for the promotion of soy additives in poultry feeding ratios and will further push the demand for U.S. Soy.
As part of its technical support activities, USSEC worked closely during the month of April with U.S. Soy end users from Romania to provide professionals from the feed manufacturing industry and related industries with practical oriented knowledge for safe and profitable feed production.
USSEC organized the “Feed Safe and Profitable Feed Production” seminar on April 14 in Bucharest, Romania. Over 27 Romanian feed mill managers, lab managers, nutritionists, supervisors and animal production managers who are actively engaged in feed mill operations all over the country attended the event with high interest.
The two speakers, USSEC consultants Juan Acedo Rico (feed technology expert) and Pedro Medel (feed safety and GMP+ expert), provided an overview of the key principles in efficient feed processing and technology. The information presented by Dr. Acedo Rico summarized animal feed production and provided an understanding of the current challenges in maintaining efficiency in the feed industry, including feed mill design, equipment maintenance, and feed processing. Safety protocols were covered by Dr. Medel, who also shared best practices from the Spanish sector by involving ISO, HACCP and GPM.
Quality control and assurance are critical issues in the EU and indeed, for the Romanian feed industry, which has been a European state since 2007. The quality control systems at the feed mills visited in Romania clearly involve properly trained personnel able to organize, document and comply with policies of various procedures and certifications processes necessary to guarantee the quality of feed ingredients and feed. However, continuous updates are needed due to changes and standard upgrades of the European industry.
“Our first mission to Romania was very pleasant and extremely interesting since we had the opportunity of sharing experiences and ideas about feed efficiency with our colleagues,” said Dr. Medel. “Besides design of feed plants and profitable feed production, we had the chance during field visits to discuss safety concepts and quality programs. Definitely, the most interesting visit was at Banvit FNC, which is going to be the first feed mill in the country certified under the GMP+ Feed Safety Scheme. This proves the high interest of the key players in the market to comply with EU regulations and increasing competitive advantages of the Eastern European countries in the EU 28 context.”
“The seminar in Bucharest was also a success and all the participants showed high interest on the information presented. All this work was extremely well conducted by USSEC and interaction with participants continued for a couple of days after the event,” stated Dr. Acedo. “We are pleased to continue to assist the U.S. Soy customers from Romania through future instructive and extensive training programs that will enable them to understand state of-the-art process technologies and to apply them with benefit in the field. We trust that we have thus not only acted for the benefit of U.S. Soy, but also to have aroused the interest of the soy customers in efficiently producing feeds in today’s highly competitive business environment.”
He continued, “After our first visit to Romania, we believe that the country is among the best endowed European countries in terms of land, water and skilled people. In this regard, and increase in meat production and indeed, soy consumption, are imminent for the coming years due to the potential of agriculture and ongoing investments in the feed and livestock industries we just saw during our mission.”
USSEC India, in collaboration with the Soy Food Promotion and Welfare Association of India (SFPWA) and the Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA), recently conducted a consultation session for the development of a white paper on soy nutrition.
The purpose of this activity was to create a background paper on soy nutrition, which will include techno-commercial aspects on the topic and will serve as a reference for premier institutes dealing with nutrition; government departments, including decision-making ministries; and industry stakeholders. This reference document will be used to gather consensus on soy nutrition and approve its suitability into more government feeding and supplementary nutrition programs in India.
At the white paper session, the participants jointly developed the draft and incorporated suggestions and modifications. Various authorities will validate the document, following this exercise. A four-page summary of this background note in the form of a white paper will be published. As a final step, the document will be forwarded to government ministers and is envisioned to become the government’s reference for soy.
USSEC Director-India Food Program Ratan Sharma took cues from a white paper that was previously developed and accepted by the government for inclusion of coarse grains in supplementary nutrition, feeding, and welfare programs. Dr. Sharma feels that the white paper will potentially increase the soy utilization opportunity in feeding programs by further strengthening various norms and procedures covered under decision-making.
This program was conducted in Indore (Central India) in collaboration with SOPA and also had active participation from the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), which is the premier nutrition institute of India’s government, Department of Biotechnology, Food and Nutrition Board, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Indian Council Of Agriculture Research, North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Ltd (NERAMAC), university representatives and soy food industry partners such as ITC, Adani Wilmar, and Solidaridad. This activity was well covered by the print media and local TV channels, which helped it obtain wider publicity.
USSEC hosted the 2016 U.S. Food-Bean Buyers Conference and Tabletop Trade Show on April 7 in Seoul, South Korea. The objective of the conference was to support U.S. food-bean exporters and Korean food-bean end-users / importers to take full advantage of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. The conference was attended by 38 purchasing staff and 3 top executives from Korea’s soyfood processing industry; 10 USSEC member companies (Bluegrass Farms of Ohio, Inc.; CHS, Inc.; Clarkson Grain Co., Inc.; The DeLong Co., Ltd.; Global Processing Inc.; Natural Products, Inc.; SB&B Foods, Inc.; Soyko International, Inc.; and SunOpta, Inc.); United Soybean Board (USB) director Mark Caspers; USSEC Regional Director – North Asia Paul Burke; and USSEC Marketing Director – Human Nutrition/Oil Marypat Corbett.
Mr. Caspers gave a presentation, “U.S. Soy Supply – Assuring Sustainability and Quality IP Food Beans” at the conference. Other conference topics included the U.S. inland grain logistics; U.S. food grade soybean acreage insights; sustainable U.S. Soy; and Korea’s Special Act on Imported Food Safety. At the tabletop trade show, U.S. food-bean exporters displayed their food-bean samples on the tables and had individual meetings with Korean food-bean importers. Following the conference, 15 U.S. participants visited tofu plants at Dongwha Food Co., Ltd. and Busan port, which is the destination port for non-GM food-soybean import via container.