Mexican petroleum retailers to tour Iowa ethanol facilities
The American Coalition for Ethanol and Iowa Renewable Fuels Association will host an Iowa supply chain tour for Mexican retailers to demonstrate opportunities for sourcing, marketing, and retailing ethanol-blended gasoline in Mexico. Decisionmakers from some of the largest Mexican retailer groups visit Iowa this week for the mission, which includes tour stops that highlight each step of the ethanol supply chain from the corn field to the gas pump. The trade mission group will visit a farm, ethanol plant, fuel terminal, bulk fuel storage facility and terminal, and a handful of retail and convenience store stations. The tour, hosted in conjunction with the U.S. Grains Council, will also include meetings with a design, construction and equipment installation company for retail stations and bulk storage facilities, as well as meetings with several ethanol marketers from across the region. Events like these seem to be increasing Mexican retailers’ interest in ethanol, said Ron Lamberty, ACE senior vice president. “We want these key Mexican retailers to see that contrary to the ethanol ghost stories they’ve read online, E10 is successfully sold everywhere in the U.S.,” he said.