CWT Assists with 4.2 million Pounds of Cheese and Butter Export Sales

CWT Assists with 4.2 million Pounds of Cheese and Butter Export Sales

ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 25 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Foremost Farms USA, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold), Tillamook County Creamery Association, United Dairymen of Arizona, and Upstate Niagara- O-AT-KA that have contracts to sell 3.536 million pounds (1,604 metric tons) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese and 703,275 pounds (319 metric tons) of butter to customers in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from May through August 2017.

So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have contracts to sell 37.709 million pounds of American-type cheeses, and 3.016 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) to 17 countries on five continents. The sales are the equivalent of 415.838 million 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, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them. This, in turn, positively affects all U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.

The amounts of dairy products and related milk volumes reflect current contracts for delivery, not completed export volumes. CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when export and delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.

CWT Assists with 4.2 million Pounds of Cheese and Butter Export Sales