Green Plains Trade
We have an in-house, fee‑based marketing business, Green Plains Trade Group LLC, which is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of all ethanol and distillers grains produced at our 12 production facilities. We also market and distribute ethanol for a third-party ethanol producer. Assuming full production capacity at each of our plants and the third-party ethanol producer, we would market over 1 billion gallons of ethanol annually.
We market our ethanol and that of our third-party producer to many different customers on a local, regional and national basis. Local markets are the easiest to service because of their close proximity to the related production facility. To achieve the best prices for the ethanol that we market, we sell into local, regional and national markets under sales agreements with integrated energy companies, jobbers, retailers, traders and resellers. Under these agreements, ethanol is priced under fixed and indexed pricing arrangements. Deliveries to the majority of the local markets, within 150 miles of the plants, are generally transported by truck, and deliveries to more distant markets are shipped by rail using major U.S. rail carriers.