Cooperatives Working Together has accepted several export assistance bids for the sale of cheese, butter and milk powder this week. The bids are as follows:

  • Dairy Farmers of America, Kansas City, Mo, for the export of 42,240 pounds (19.2 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese to El Salvador.
  • Land O’Lakes, Arden Hills, Minn., for the export of 880,000 pounds (400 metric tons) of butter to the United Arab Emirates.
  • Land O’Lakes, Arden Hills, Minn., for the export of export of 44,000 lbs. (20 metric tons) of Mozzarella cheese to Mexico.
  • Tillamook County Creamery Association, Tillamook, Ore., for the export of 145,200 pounds (66 metric tons) of Cheddar cheese to South Korea.  
  • Land O’Lakes, Arden Hills, Minn., for the export of 176,000 lbs. (80 metric tons) of whole milk powder to Trinidad.
  • Land O’Lakes, Arden Hills, Minn., for the export of 176,000 lbs. (80 metric tons) of whole milk powder to El Salvador.  

These approved bids increase CWT’s year-to-date export totals as follows: 5.93 million lbs. (2,695 metric tons) of cheese; 3.88 million lbs. (1,764 metric tons) of whole milk powder; 2.56 million lbs. (1,165 metric tons) of anhydrous milk fat; and 11.51 million pounds (5,232 metric tons) of butter.

Previous shipments facilitated by CWT’s export assistance program have gone to Algeria, Barbados, 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, Panama, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Trinidad, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, 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 5 cents 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 http://www.cwt.coop/ .

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