Cooperatives Working Together accepted three export assistance bids last week for the sale of cheese. All of the bids were from Land O’Lakes, Arden Hills, Minn. Bid details are as follows:

  • 4,400 pounds (2 metric tons) of retail-packaged cheese products cheese to Bahrain.
  • 2,200 pounds (1 ton) of retail-packaged cheese to Jordan.
  • 880 pounds (0.4 tons) of retail-packaged cheese to Kuwait.

CWT will pay an export bonus to the bidder, once completion of the cheese shipments is verified.

These accepted bids increase CWT’s total 2007 export obligations for cheese to 11.6 million pounds (5,268 metric tons), its YTD export obligations for butter to 11.3 million pounds (5,117 metric tons), and its YTD anhydrous milkfat exports to 3.7 million pounds (1,680 tons).

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. For more on CWT’s activities, visit

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