Cooperatives Working Together has accepted a bid from Dairy Farmers of America of Kansas City, Mo, to export 169,400 pounds of Cheddar cheese to Japan.  CWT will pay the export bonus to the bidder, once completion of the cheese shipment is verified.

This accepted bid increases CWT’s total cheese exports since it began operations two years ago to 10.9 million pounds, and CWT’s total butter exports to 1.3 million pounds.  Previous shipments facilitated by CWT’s export assistance program have gone to Algeria, Barbados, Croatia, Egypt, Honduras, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, the Netherlands, Panama, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan and Trinidad.

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

Cooperatives Working Together is funded by dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers, who contribute a 5 cent per hundredweight assessment on their milk production through December 2006.  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 www.cwt.coop.

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