Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) member cooperatives accepted 15 offers of export assistance from CWT that helped them capture sales contracts for 1.321 million pounds (599 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese, 1.990 million pounds (903 metric tons) of butter, 507,063 pounds (230 metric tons) of anhydrous milkfat (AMF), and 149,914 pounds (68 metric tons) of cream cheese. The product is going to customers in Asia, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, North Africa, and Oceania. It will be delivered during the period from February through August 2021.
CWT-assisted member cooperative export sales for January 2021 total 4.279 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 5.337 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat), 1.493 million pounds of AMF, 3.038 million pounds of whole milk powder, and 2.511 million pounds of cream cheese. The products are going to 16 countries in six regions. These sales are the equivalent of 242 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.