Moroccan Customers Participate in FFS Extrusion Technical Tour
USSEC held the first Full Fat Soybean (FFS) Extrusion Technical Tour from February 20 – 24 to demonstrate Turkish FFS extrusion production and uses in livestock and fish feeding to leading Moroccan customers. Turkey’s largest feed mill, Alf Sahel; dairy cooperative Copag; producer Maroc Dindes; and others visited extrusion plants supplying FFS to poultry ruminants and fish feed operations.
The first FFS Extrusion Technical Tour comes on the heels of different market activities including full fat one-on-one workshops and the poultry roundtable for the feed industry in Maghreb and other activities that aim to assist producers.
The visits to FFS companies offered the opportunity to observe different plants, facilities, and operational management to further improve technical knowledge about the extrusion of soybeans. Extrusion process parameters, product characteristics, storage, handling, and quality control were some of the aspects discussed.
Turkish FFS leading industries, poultry, fish and feed producers, nutritionists, quality control managers, and suppliers addressed all issues raised by the visitors. USSEC consultant – Turkey Sirri Kayhan and USSEC consultant – Morocco Benabdeljelil Khalid escorted the team, highlighting the need for high quality beans to produce quality FFS. U.S. soybeans are preferred for their homogeneity and cleanliness, making them relatively easier to process. FFS obtained from U.S. soybeans is a clearer color and supplies consistent quality nutrients when properly processed.
Production of FFS is seen as a product diversification to expand U.S. Soy’s market share in Morocco, which imports U.S. soybeans, soy hulls, soybean oil, and meal. Although the poultry sector continues to be the primary driver of Morocco’s soybean market, other opportunities exist for use of FFS in ruminant and other species’ feed.
USSEC consultants emphasized the high value and quality of U.S. soybeans, the importance of quality control, and the use of adequate nutrient profile in feed formulation for different species. The growth of FFS production facilities will further enhance soybean consumption within the market. FFS is a great source of energy and amino acids for different animal species. In Turkey’s market, several successful FFS plants are in operation and a high percentage of the use of FFS in different feeds offered the visitors more focus for their future investments.
USSEC’s efforts continue to assist the development of customer activities and expand the market through diversification. The trust and confidence in the USSEC organization helps sustain and expand demand for U.S. soybeans.