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CWT Assists with 562,000 Pounds of Dairy Product Export Sales

ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) member cooperatives accepted six offers of export assistance from CWT that helped them capture sales contracts for 406,000 pounds (184 MT) of American-type cheese, 37,000 pounds (17 MT) of butter, and 220,000 pounds (100 MT) of whole milk powder. The product is going to customers in Asia, Central America, Oceania, and South America, and will be delivered from May through September 2022.  

CWT-assisted member cooperative year-to-date export sales total 36.4 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 37,000 pounds of butter (82% milkfat), 14.7 million pounds of whole milk powder, and 3.4 million pounds of cream cheese. The products are going to 17 countries in five regions. These sales are the equivalent of 471 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis. Over the last 12 months, CWT-assisted sales are the equivalent of 1.382 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.  

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program positively affects all U.S. dairy farmers and dairy cooperatives by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price. It does this by helping member cooperatives gain and maintain world market share for U.S dairy products. As a result, the program has significantly expanded the total demand for U.S. dairy products and the demand for U.S. farm milk that produces those products.  

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