Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 16 requests for export assistance from Bongards Creamery, Dairy Farmers of America, Foremost Farms USA, Land O'Lakes, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association and Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) to sell 2.317 million pounds (1,051 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese and 3.417 million pounds (1,550 metric tons) of butter to customers in Asia, Central America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. The product will be delivered July 2013 through January 2014.
Year-to-date, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 74.472 million pounds of cheese, 60.324 million pounds of butter, 44,092 pounds of anhydrous milk fat and 218,258 pounds of whole milk powder to 34 countries on six continents. These sales are the equivalent of 2.004 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.
Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program positively impacts producer milk prices in the short-term by helping to maintain inventories of cheese and butter at desirable levels. In the long-term, CWT's Export Assistance program helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the farm milk that produces them.
CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.