April CWT-Assisted Export Sales Total 9.1 Million Pounds
May 14, 2013
In April, Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) received a total of 126 requests for export assistance from member cooperatives. Of those, 28 counter offers made by CWT were accepted, resulting in 3.9 million pounds of cheese and 5.2 million pounds of butter being sold, primarily to customers in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Through April, CWT has assisted 10 member cooperatives in making 308 export sales totaling 50.9 million pounds of cheese, 51.7 million pounds of butter, 44,092 pounds of anhydrous milk fat, and 218,258 pounds of whole milk powder. The product will be shipped through October of this year. It is equivalent to 1.6 billion pounds of milk, which exceeded USDA’s estimate of the increase in U.S. milk production in 2013.
CWT-assisted shipments of cheese and butter in 2013, through April, totaled 52.9 million pounds of American-type cheeses and 29.9 million pounds of 82% milkfat butter. The majority of cheese will be going to Asia, while the majority of butter will be shipped to the Middle East and North Africa.