ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) member cooperatives accepted 12 offers of export assistance from CWT that helped them capture sales contracts for 544,542 pounds (247 metric tons) of Cheddar and Gouda cheese, 534,842 pounds (243 metric tons) of butter, and 2.094 million pounds (950 metric tons) of whole milk powder. The product is going to customers in Asia, the Middle East, Oceania, and South America. It will be delivered from August through December 2020.
CWT-assisted member cooperative export sales contracts for 2020 total 22.747 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 6.823 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat), 3.117 million pounds of anhydrous milkfat, 4.382 million pounds of cream cheese and 33.440 million pounds of whole milk powder. The product is going to 28 countries in seven regions. These sales are the equivalent of 726.6 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.
Assisting CWT members in moving dairy products overseas through the Export Assistance program is critical during the challenging times U.S. dairy farmers and cooperatives are facing. The Export Assistance program helps to strengthen and maintain the value of dairy products that directly impact producers’ milk price. The program is helping member cooperatives grow and maintain world market share for U.S dairy products and is a significant factor in maintaining the total demand for U.S. dairy products and the demand for U.S. farm milk.
Dairy product and related milk volume amounts reflect current contracts for delivery, not completed export volumes. CWT pays export assistance to bidders only when export and delivery of the product is verified by required documentation.
All dairy farmers and dairy cooperatives should invest in CWT. Membership information is available on the CWT website.
The Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) Export Assistance program is funded by voluntary contributions from dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers. The money raised by their investment is being used to strengthen and stabilize the dairy farmers’ milk prices and margins. For more information about CWT, visit www.cwt.coop.