Exploring the U.S. Soy Oil Advantage in Morocco

Soybean oil quality is dependant upon the quality of soybeans used in the refining process. The U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) presented the U.S. Soy oil advantage to refiners and processors in Morocco, focusing on the impact of origin.

USSEC hosted two refining workshops virtually Nov. 17 and 19, 2020. These one-on-one meetings accommodated a key soy oil refiner and a key crusher and vegetable oil processor in the region.

Brent German soy processing consultant, Blind Corner Solutions, discussed neutralization and problem solving, including the importance of training and other human factors, throughout the workshops.

Alan Paine, vegetable oil refining expert, presented on the role of accurate measurement in achieving efficient deodorization and the latest developments in controlling oil contamination.

Both experts explained that the U.S. has adventageous soybean growing conditions and strong infrastructure for handling and transporting beans over long distances.

A USSEC video on refining soy oil from different origins summarized a study into soybean’s properties, originating from the U.S. and other countries. U.S. beans scored systematically higher than those from other origins. The study provided benchmarking landmarks for the refining process of different origins’ soy oils, which showed U.S. Soy oil advantages.

Although this virtual event was not a replacement for on site meetings and plant visits, it presented a new opportunity to target refining and processing managers in key operations. Morocco is a unique market in the Middle East and North Africa region with a tradition of crushing soybeans and refining imported crude soy oil. U.S. soy oil is recognized for its quality. Its importance, advantages, lower refining losses, insured quality and logistics are appreciated by many processors in the region.

USSEC continues to strengthen key customers relationships with soy oil processors and to assist processors in boosting their economics through optimization of refining operations, reducing losses, informing about latest innovative technology and help solve issues.