ACE hosts Latin American trade group on ethanol tour

By American Coalition for Ethanol | October 16, 2017

The American Coalition for Ethanol hosted a Latin American trade team organized by the U.S. Grains Council at its Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based office Oct. 16 as part of the group’s pre-tour prior to the Ethanol Summit of the Americas in Houston. The tour group consists of a mixture of government and industry representatives from at least six countries including Panama, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The pre-tour is to provide the delegation of ministry industry members with an overview of ethanol production and its value chain in the United States. The South Dakota visit will also include a tour of an ethanol plant, a visit to a livestock farm where distillers dried grains (DDGs) are an important part of feed rations, a visit to ACE Board President Ron and Keith Alverson’s farm where they deploy practices to produce zero-carbon corn, and a stop at fuel marketer and ACE Power by People subject Bruce Vollan’s Midway Service station.

ACE Senior Vice President Ron Lamberty shared his ethanol market expertise with the visiting trade group and answered their questions about the industry. At the request of USGC, Lamberty recently traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, to meet with members of Association Mexicana De Empresarios Gasolineros (AMEGAS), Mexico’s largest group of gasoline station owners, to discuss challenges and opportunities with offering ethanol blended gasoline.

“The new market developing in Mexico reminds me of when I was starting out as one of the first ethanol retailers and wholesale splash-blenders in the U.S.,” Lamberty said. “Independent marketers there seemed interested in ethanol options, and I’m happy to travel to or host interested groups to educate them about higher ethanol blends.”

Lamberty also recently met with a touring USGC delegation from South Korea on their stop in Omaha, Nebraska. Lamberty spoke with the group—which included representatives of oil and chemical companies, the Korean Department of Energy and engineering professors—about ethanol’s octane value as a fuel blending component.

As ACE gets more actively involved in export promotion, the organization will continue to work with USGC to provide information to retailers and others who want to sell more ethanol.