Worldwide about 8,6 million metric tons of DRIED Sugar Beet Pulp (= pellets and shreds) is fed to mainly cattle either as a straight feed or as an ingredient in compound feed.
The main producing countries of Sugar Beet Pulp Pellets are Germany, USA, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, Japan, China and Chile.
More than 50% of the entire global supply of dried BPP (approximately 4,5 million metric tons) is produced in less than 100 sugar factories spread over Germany, USA, France and U.K. whereas the total number of sugar mills around the globe is close to 600.
Currently Japan and Morocco are the world’s largest single importing countries of dried BPP, together they have about 1 million tons of import requirements. The supply and demand situation is very much depending upon the “cattle-balance” of each individual country using BPP and the import/export balance is mainly influenced by domestic consumption patterns and the respective infrastructure as well as world market prices.
BPP has a very good reputation especially in cattle rations and there will be new countries importing it in the near future. Despite the most recent EU sugar reform (with a significant cut back on its beet sugar production during 2006-2012) we would expect that the global BPP supply will not be affected that much due to an increasing production in other countries such as Egypt, Russia and Ukraine.