ARLINGTON, VA ‐ Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 4 requests for export
assistance from DFA and Darigold to sell a total of 1,100 metric tons (2.646 million pounds) of
Cheddar cheese and 100 metric tons (220,462 pounds) of butter to customers in Asia and the
Middle East. The product will be delivered July through December 2012.
In 2012, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in making export sales of Cheddar, Monterey
Jack and Gouda cheese totaling 64.1 million pounds and butter and AMF totaling 45.2 million
pounds to 32 countries on four continents. On a butterfat basis, the milk equivalent of these
exports is 1.577 billion pounds, or the same as the annual milk production of 75,100 cows.
Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program positively impacts producer
milk prices in the short‐term by reducing inventories that overhang the market and depress
cheese and butter prices. In the long‐term, CWT’s Export Assistance program helps member
cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy
products and the farm milk that produces them.
CWT will pay export bonuses to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the
submission of 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. For more information about CWT, visit www.cwt.coop.