Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) member cooperatives accepted eight offers of export assistance from CWT that helped them capture contracts to sell 1.448 million pounds (657 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese, contracted for delivery in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa for the period from November 2018 through March 2019.
CWT-assisted member cooperative 2018 export sales total 49.719 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 12.962 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) and 52.188 million pounds of whole milk powder to 36 countries on five continents. These sales are the equivalent of 1.132 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.
Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program in the long term helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them. This positively affects all U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.