What is the role of a nutritionist in ethanol production? Is a trained consulting nutritionist valuable to those producing ethanol? Let’s ask the more basic questions first. When producing biofuels, does one concurrently produce “co-products” or “by-products”? To the untrained, the difference might seem only a matter of semantics. To the experts, however, the reality is that the bottom line of a plant may depend on understanding and utilizing the difference. Traditionally, by-products are the “left-overs” or the “dregs” from the production process, sometimes undesirable in nature. On the other hand, co-products are valuable items created concurrently along with the “main” product. For the ethanol producer, a product is dried distillers’ grains – DDG. Is this a by-product or a co-product? The answer lies sometimes in the attitude of the ethanol producer: do they desire to make a quality DDG which can add real value to their revenue stream, or do they leave it alone and make it go away?
A consulting nutritionist can help ethanol producers identify which characteristics add true value to their down-stream customers, and thus, to their enterprise values. This nutritionist expert should be trained in nutrition, chemistry, and biology, and have experience with animal feed and livestock production. To get maximum value from your consultant, he or she should have “real-world experience” with the ethanol production process and be able to guide clients through the steps necessary to achieve high-quality co-products.
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