ARLINGTON, VA - Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) accepted seven requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America and Darigold to sell a total of 1,281 metric tons (2.824 million pounds) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese to customers in Asia, the Middle East, and Central America. The product will be delivered June through September.

In 2011, CWT has assisted members in making export sales of Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Gouda cheese totaling 20,842 metric tons (45.9 million pounds) to 20 countries on four continents.

Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program positively impacts producer milk prices in the short-term by reducing inventories that overhang the market and depress cheese prices. 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.

CWT will pay export bonuses to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.