In addition to beverage spirits and food grade industrial alcohol, MGP produces corn oil, distillers feeds and a certain amount of fuel grade alcohol. Each of these co-products serves distinct customer needs across a diverse range of markets. Additionally, from a grain optimization standpoint, the value of these co-products is clear: the more total use of a resource, the greater the impact on production efficiencies, not to mention conservation efforts. An extraordinary 98.5% of all the raw materials MGP uses is returned in forms that have viable commercial applications.
Contained in corn germ, corn oil is recovered from syrup produced during the alcohol production process before being added to dryers used in the manufacture of distillers feeds. This is accomplished at MGP using an innovative, state-of-the-art corn oil extraction system. The corn oil we produce is principally used by manufacturers of biodiesel, and also as a rich supplement, or fattening agent, for poultry feed applications.
The quality of MGP’s distillers feeds suits the need for well-developed, well-balanced rations to supply the vitamins and minerals necessary for profitable weight-grains in livestock. In addition to their high nourishment value, these feeds are extraordinarily versatile. MGP manufactures a unique blend of distillers dried grains with soluble (DDGS). Containing 25% protein, 7% fat, 8% fiber and 10% moisture, this unusual mixture provides nutritional benefits that are not available in other distillers feeds. We also produce Condensed Distillers Solubles (CDS). This product contains 5% protein, 2.5% fat and 60% moisture. Used in the cattle feeding industry as a direct additive to dry-feed rations CDS has been shown to produce more pounds of meat per pound of feed consumed than rations not containing this product.
Fuel Grade Alcohol
There are many applications for alcohol, but none quite as unique as its use in motor fuel. At MGP, we produce fuel grade alcohol as a clean-burning additive for reformulated gasoline. The EPA many years back undertook a program to eliminate the lead content in gasoline. Accordingly, refiners needed a good, environmentally clean octane additive. Fuel grade alcohol certainly fulfilled this need. Today, the fuel ethanol industry has grown and matured to include a Renewable Fuels Standard that mandates the use of clean-burning ethanol in the gasoline industry. Industry experts anticipate that the use of corn-based ethanol will grow to 15 billion gallons annually by 2015.