Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) member cooperatives accepted 11 offers of export assistance from CWT that helped them capture sales contracts for 608,476 pounds (276 metric tons) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese; 1.144 million pounds (519 metric tons) of butter, 123,459 pounds (56 metric tons) of whole milk powder, and 74,957 pounds (34 metric tons) of cream cheese. The product is going to customers in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, and will be delivered during the period from January through April 2021.
CWT-assisted member cooperative export sales for the first two weeks of 2021 total 1.471 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 2.778 pounds of butter (82% milkfat), 932,556 pounds of cream cheese and 123,459 pounds of whole milk powder. The products are going to eight countries in five regions. These sales are the equivalent of 84.3 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 dairy cooperatives should invest in CWT. Membership information is available on the CWT website.