Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 14 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Foremost Farms USA, Northwest Dairy Association (Darigold) and Tillamook County Creamery Association, which have contracts to sell 2.57 million pounds (1,165 metric tons) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, and 220,462 pounds (100 metric tons) of butter to customers in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Oceania. The product has been contracted for delivery in the period from May through August 2017.
So far this year, CWT has assisted member cooperatives that have contracts to sell 34.17 million pounds of American-type cheeses and 2.31 million pounds of butter (82% milkfat) to 16 countries on four continents. The sales are the equivalent of 367.38 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.
Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program in the long term helps member cooperatives gain and maintain market share, thus expanding the demand for U.S. dairy products and the U.S. farm milk that produces them. This, in turn, positively affects all U.S. dairy farmers by strengthening and maintaining the value of dairy products that directly impact their milk price.
The amounts of dairy products and related milk volumes reflect current contracts for delivery, not completed export volumes. CWT will pay export assistance to the bidders only when export and delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.