Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 9 requests for export assistance from Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association, who have contracts to sell 1.296 million pounds (588 metric tons) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese and 330,693 pounds (150 metric tons) of butter to customers in Asia, the Middle East and Oceania. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from August 2016 through February 2017.
So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives who have contracts to sell 34.778 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 8.814 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) and 21.301 million pounds of whole milk powder to 21 countries on 5 continents. The sales are the equivalent of 674.815 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.