Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) member cooperatives accepted four offers of export assistance from CWT that helped them capture sales contracts for 253,532 pounds (115 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese, 661,387 pounds (300 metric tons) of butter, and 220,462 pounds (100 metric tons) of whole milk powder. These products are going to customers in Asia and the Middle East. The product will be delivered during the period from May through August 2019.
CWT-assisted member cooperative 2019 export sales total 25.668 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 3.466 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) and 22.397 million pounds of whole milk powder to 22 countries in six regions. These sales are equal to 478.4 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.
Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program positively affects all U.S. dairy farmers and all dairy cooperatives by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price. It does this by helping member cooperatives gain and maintain world market share for U.S dairy products. As a result, the program has significantly expanded the total demand for U.S. dairy products and the demand for U.S. farm milk that produces those products.
The amounts of dairy products and related milk volumes reflect current contracts for delivery, not completed export volumes. CWT pays export assistance to the bidders only when export and delivery of the product is verified by required documentation.
All dairy farmers and all dairy cooperatives should invest in CWT. Membership information is available on the CWT website, www.cwt.coop.