Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 25 requests for export assistance from Bongards Creameries, Dairy Farmers of America, Foremost Farms USA, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Tillamook County Creamery Association and United Dairymen of Arizona to sell 3.889 million pounds (1,764 metric tons) of Cheddar, Gouda and Monterey Jack cheese, 209,439 pounds (95 metric tons) of butter and 518,086 pounds (235 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Africa, Asia, Central America and the Middle East. The product will be delivered in January through June 2014.
Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 12.383 million pounds of cheese, 3.751 million pounds of butter and 518,086 pounds of whole milk powder to 17 countries on four continents. These sales are the equivalent of 198.8 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.
Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program positively impacts producer milk prices in the short-term by helping to maintain inventories of cheese and butter at desirable levels. 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 assistance to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.