Turkey is showing increasing interest in aquaculture cultivation, a potential market for distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a high-protein co-product of the ethanol production process. 

The US is already a main provider of DDGS to Turkey, accounting for 75% of the country’s DDGS imports in the first nine months of 2023, which totalled 673,000 metric tonnes, according to the US Grains Council, an export development organisation. 

The US group is helping to finance an aquaculture feeding trial at Aydin Adnan Menderes University, focused on the nutritional health of seabass and seabream when corn co-products are included in their diets.

Turkey was one of the largest markets for US DDGS in October, ranking sixth after Mexico, Vietnam, Canada, South Korea and Indonesia. In October, Turkey bought 38,325 metric tonnes of US DDGS, 22% more than a year ago, according to recent figures presented by the US Renewable Fuels Association (RFA).

According to US Grains Council’s data, Turkey imported 600,000 metric tonnes of DDGS from the US in 2020.