POET and Al Dahra ACX partner to grow distillers grains use in the Middle East

"Dakota Gold" offers unique nutrition profile for cattle, poultry and other species

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

[SIOUX FALLS, SD] (Nov. 21, 2017) – Distillers grains use is growing under a new partnership that will expand availability of premium Dakota Gold feed in the Middle East.

U.S.-based POET, the largest biofuels producer in the world, has signed a partnership agreement with U.S.-based Al Dahra ACX, a subsidiary of Al Dahra Holding and a leader in the animal feed business. Under the agreement, Al Dahra ACX will market and distribute “Dakota Gold” distillers grains (DDGS) to producers of cattle, poultry and other animal species in nine Middle East markets including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Kuwait.

“More livestock producers around the world are coming to recognize the incredible value that DDGS have to offer their operations,” POET Nutrition President Greg Breukelman said. “Dakota Gold in particular offers a superior consistency and digestibility to help producers maximize growth and profitability.”

“The partnership with POET is another testament to Al Dahra’s ongoing efforts to offer high value feed solutions that contribute to producers’ efficiency and livestock enhanced well-being and performance,” HE Khadim Al Darei, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Al Dahra Holding said. “It further allows us to deliver on our promise and commitment to our customer base in the GCC and the Middle East by diversifying the feed portfolio offering available to them, improving the quality and nutritional value of the products and providing a secure and continuous supply chain.”

Dakota Gold optimizes milk production in dairy cattle, enhances efficiency and performance in beef cattle and lowers the overall costs of production across various animal species. It is a unique feed product that is high in quality protein, digestible fiber, amino acids and phosphorus, and it elevates the overall nutritional value of feed rations. Dakota Gold is also high in palatability, digestibility and flowability.

“We are delighted to partner with POET Nutrition in our mission to deliver Global Feed Solutions to farmers around the world,” Al Dahra ACX’s Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Gordhamer said. “With our combined integrated supply chains – Al Dahra as the global leader in forage and POET as the global leader in dried distillers grains -- we together offer our customers unparalleled security, quality and service.”

A dedicated team will promote “Dakota Gold” and educate the different customer segments on its features. The team is headed by Diaa Ghaly, Al Dahra ACX Feed and Nutrition Managing Director. Diaa can be reached on for questions and product trials.

About POET

POET, the world’s largest biofuels producer, is a leader in biorefining through its efficient, vertically integrated approach to production. The 30-year-old company has a network of 27 production facilities. POET, through its joint venture with DSM, also operates a commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa.

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About Al Dahra ACX

Al Dahra ACX is the top ranked forage exporter out of the United States, and one of the leading exporters of roughage and feed products in North America. For over 35 years, Al Dahra ACX has maintained its top exporter status in international forage markets, especially in East Asia and the Middle East. Al Dahra ACX has been awarded the United States Presidential “E” Award for exports and is listed amongst the top 20 exporters in the United States.

Al Dahra ACX manages 11,000 acres across 3 farms in Imperial Valley and Arizona and it operates 4 plants strategically located in prime hay-growing regions of the Western United States with close proximity to major sea ports, producing about 850,000 metric tons of forage annually. It offers a wide spectrum of product categories and quality range to meet individual customer needs. Its product portfolio includes premium and standard grades of Alfalfa, Timothy Hay, Sudan Grass, Oat Hay, Bermuda Hay, and other hay and straw products as well as feed ingredients such as whole Cottonseed, DDGS, Sugar Beet Pulp Pellets, and Soybean Meal.

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About Al Dahra Holding

Al Dahra Holding is a prominent leader in the agribusiness sector, specializing in the cultivation, production and trading of animal feed and essential human food commodities.
With an annual production capacity of 3 million metric tons, Al Dahra Feed Division caters for the needs of the dairy industry and cattle growers. The group owns and operates a large portfolio of forage cultivation lands in excess of 180 thousand acres in addition to processing and baling facilities across 5 continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Australia). Through diversified geographic presence, Al Dahra continues to execute on its all-year supply strategy, offering the highest quality feed to strategic markets such as Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Al Dahra has made considerable investments in the production, packaging and marketing of grains. With a stake in Kohinoor Foods, a leading rice producer in India and a fully owned subsidiary in Pakistan, Al Dahra is a key player in the rice supply and trading business with four rice mills and about 400,000 tons annual production capacity. In addition, Al Dahra is a shareholder in Loulis Mills, an expert in wheat milling and flour production based in Greece, producing more than 200,000 tons of flour annually. As part of its fruits and vegetables offering, Al Dahra cultivates wheat, potatoes, corn and various citrus fruits in Egypt in addition to dates in Namibia and the UAE and olives in Morocco. Al Dahra has also entered into partnership with Rudnap group for apples cultivation in Serbia and with Albert Bartlett group based in the United Kingdom for the cultivation of potatoes.

Moreover, Al Dahra is focused on diversifying its investment strategy and has made strong alliances and partnerships within the logistics and supply chain sector and the Chemicals sector.

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