Cooperatives Working Together announced that it accepted nine export assistance bids last week for the sale of cheese and butter. Bid details are as follows.

The first five bids were all from Land O’Lakes of Arden Hills, Minn. Those five bids were for:

  • 521,400 pounds (237 metric tons) of butter to the United Arab Emirates.
  • 13,200 pounds (6 tons) of retail-packaged cheese to the Philippines.
  • 13,200 pounds (6 tons) of retail cheese to Bahrain.
  • 6,600 pounds (3 tons) of retail cheese to Kuwait.
  • 1,100 pounds (0.5 metric tons) of retail cheese to Qatar.

The next three bids were all from Dairy Farmers of America of Kansas City, Mo. Bid details include:

  • 41,800 pounds (19 metric tons) of cheddar cheese to South Korea.
  • 39,600 pounds (18 tons) of Mozzarella cheese to Japan.
  • 33,000 pounds (15 tons) of Mozzarella to Israel.

The last bid came from Foremost Farms of Baraboo, Wis. that bid was for:

  • 79,200 pounds (36 tons) of butter to the United Arab Emirates.

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

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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