Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) member cooperatives accepted 17 offers of export assistance from CWT that helped them capture sales contracts for 352,740 pounds (160 metric tons) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, 1.213 million pounds (550 metric tons) of anhydrous milkfat, and 762,800 pounds (346 metric tons) of cream cheese. The product is going to customers in Asia, and South America. It will be delivered during the period from May through September 2021.
CWT-assisted member cooperative year-to-date export sales total 14.5 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 9.9 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat), 7.1 million pounds of Anhydrous Milk Fat, 15.7 million pounds of whole milk powder, and 5.5 million pounds of cream cheese. The products are going to 26 countries in six regions. These sales are the equivalent of 706.8 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.
All dairy farmers and dairy cooperatives should invest in CWT. Membership information is available on the CWT website.