Cooperatives Working Together announced that last week it accepted a total of 13 export assistance bids for the sale of cheese, anhydrous milkfat and butter.

Seven bids came from Dairy Farmers of America, Kansas City, Mo. Bid details include:

  • 1.3 million pounds (594 metric tons) of Mozzarella cheese to Japan.
  • 418,000 pounds (190 metric tons ) of cheddar cheese to Egypt.
  • 334,400 pounds (152 metric tons) of cheddar cheese to South Korea.
  • 250,800 pounds (114 metric tons) of cheddar cheese to the Netherlands.
  • 244,200 pounds (111 metric tons) of cheddar cheese to Panama.
  • 83,600 pounds (38 metric tons) of cheddar cheese to South Korea.
  • 83,600 pounds (38 metric tons) of anhydrous milkfat to the Dominican Republic.

Four bids were submitted by Land O’Lakes, Arden Hills, Minn. Bid details include:

  • 286,000 pounds (130 metric tons) of cheddar cheese to South Africa (the first CWT export to that country).
  • 6,600 pounds (3 metric tons) of retail packaged cheese to Bahrain.
  • 6,380 pounds (2.9 metric tons) of retail-packaged cheese to Qatar.
  • 167,200 pounds (76 metric tons) of butter to Turkey.

The last two bids were from Darigold, Seattle, Wash. Both bids were for 550,000 pounds (250 metric tons) of butter to Saudi Arabia.

CWT will pay an export bonus to the bidders, once completion of the butter, milkfat and cheese shipments is verified.

These accepted bids increase CWT’s year-to-date total for 2007 export obligations for cheese to 5.6 million pounds (2,536 metric tons), its YTD export obligations for butter to 3.9 million pounds (1,808 metric tons), and its YTD anhydrous milkfat exports to 83,600 pounds (38 tons).

Previous shipments facilitated by CWT’s export assistance program have gone to Algeria,Bahrain, Barbados, China, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Oman, Qatar, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia,Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Trinidad, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam.

Through CWT’s Export Assistance program, transactions occur as overseas buyers are found for the products, and as CWT’s members bid to be compensated for selling cheese, butter, anhydrous milk fat and whole milk powder to those importers.

Cooperatives Working Together is being funded by dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers, who are contributing 10 cents per hundredweight assessment on their milk production through December 2007. The money raised by CWT’s investment is being apportioned among several supply reduction programs to improve the national all milk price. For more on CWT’s activities, visit

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