|ARLINGTON, VA – Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) member cooperatives accepted 11 offers of export assistance from CWT that helped them capture sales contracts for 1.3 million pounds (587 MT) of American-type cheese, 44,000 pounds (20 MT) of butter and 154,000 pounds (70 MT) of cream cheese. The product is going to customers in Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, Middle East-North Africa, Oceania and South America, and will be delivered from May through November 2023.
CWT-assisted member cooperative year-to-date export sales total 17.0 million pounds of American-type cheeses, 539,000 pounds of butter (82% milkfat), 2,000 pounds of anhydrous milkfat, 24.6 million pounds of whole milk powder and 3.6 million pounds of cream cheese. The products are going to 19 countries in five regions. These sales are the equivalent of 376.3 million pounds of milk on a milkfat basis.
Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program positively affects all U.S. dairy farmers and cooperatives by fostering the competitiveness of US dairy products in the global marketplace and helping member cooperatives gain and maintain world market share for U.S. dairy products. As a result, the program has helped significantly expand 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 the export and delivery of the product are verified by the required documentation.