Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 20 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association to sell 7.839 million pounds (3,556 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese, 110,231 pounds (50 metric tons) of butter (82% butterfat) and 972,239 pounds (441 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, South America and Oceania. The product will be delivered July through December 2014.
Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 58.762 million pounds of cheese, 47.521 million pounds of butter and 14.568 million pounds of whole milk powder to 41 countries on six continents. These sales are the equivalent of 1.753 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis. Totals have been adjusted for cancellations.
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 in the rapidly growing world dairy markets. This, in turn, positively impacts U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.
CWT will pay export assistance 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.