Maize is the most highly produced grain in the world and Vallis has handled over 3 million tonnes since 2006. Maize can be found under Vallis contracts in Cameroon, Egypt, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe and operations have also taken place in Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique and Uganda.
The principal usage of maize is as livestock feed but global consumption of maize (commonly known as corn) has increased over the last 10 years due to strong economic growth in the Middle and Far East. Production of ethanol from maize has also experienced a sharp increase in recent years.
Maize is generally stored in bulk, in silos or holdings, rather than in bags. If stored correctly, dried grain can last up to 12 months.
Maize falls into categories according to colour, with yellow and white being the most common.
A Vallis research report on cereals, including maize, is available below: