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CWT Helps Members Sell 8.2 Million Pounds of Cheese in May

June 4, 2013

Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) received 71 requests in May for assistance from member cooperatives: 56 for cheese exports and 15 for butter exports. A total of 30 bids ultimately were accepted by CWT, totaling 8.2 million pounds of cheddar, Gouda, and Monterey Jack cheeses.

Through the first five months of 2013, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in selling 59.2 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 to 31 countries on six continents. This was 14.9% more cheese exports, and 22.8% more butter exports, than were transacted during the same five month period in 2012.

The 2013 CWT sales are the equivalent of 1.675 billion pounds of milk on a milkfat basis, which is the annual production of nearly 80,000 cows and more than USDA’s projected increase in milk marketings for all of 2013.