Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) member cooperatives accepted 17 offers of export assistance from CWT that helped them capture sales contracts for 1.321 million pounds (599 metric tons) of Cheddar and Gouda cheese, 272,822 pounds (124 metric tons) of butter, 2.205 million pounds (1000 metric tons) of whole milk powder, 2.205 million pounds (1000 metric tons) of anhydrous milkfat, and 304,238 pounds (138 metric tons) of cream cheese. The product is going to customers in Asia, Central and South America, North Africa, and Oceania. It will be delivered during the period from April through August 2021.
CWT-assisted member cooperative year-to-date export sales total 13.6 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 9.1 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat), 5.8 million pounds of Anhydrous Milk Fat, 15.8 million pounds of whole milk powder, and 4.7 million pounds of cream cheese. The products are going to 26 countries in six regions. These sales are the equivalent of 642.1 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.
Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program positively affects all U.S. dairy farmers and 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.
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