ARLINGTON, VA - Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) accepted 10 requests for export assistance from Darigold, Dairy Farmers of America, and Foremost Farms to sell a total of 1,637 metric tons (3.609 million pounds) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese to customers in North Africa, the Middle East, Central America, and Asia. The product will be delivered February through May 2011.
In 2011, CWT has assisted members in making export sales of Cheddar, Monterey Jack, and Gouda cheese totaling 4,211 metric tons (12.9 million pounds) to 15 countries on three continents.
Assisting CWT members through the Export Assistance program positively impacts producer milk prices in the short-term and long-term by helping 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.
The Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) Export Assistance program is funded by voluntary contributions from dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers. The money raised by their investment is being used to strengthen and stabilize the dairy farmers’ milk prices and margins. For more information about CWT, visit www.cwt.coop.