Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 10 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association who have contracts to sell 4.209 million pounds (1,909 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese and 1.986 million pounds (901 metric tons) of whole milk powder to customers in Asia, Central America, North Africa, Oceania and South America. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from July through December 2016.
So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have contracts to sell 28.098 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 8.635 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) and 20.582 million pounds of whole milk powder to twenty countries on five continents. The sales are the equivalent of 603.894 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.
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. This, in turn, positively impacts all U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.
The amounts of dairy products and related milk volumes reflect current contracts for delivery, not completed export volumes. CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when export and delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.