Cooperatives Working Together announced Wednesday that it has accepted a bid from Dairy Farmers of America of Kansas City, MO, to export 20 metric tons (approximately 44,000 pounds) of cheddar cheese to Japan. CWT will pay the export bonus to the bidder, once completion of the cheese shipment is verified.

This is the third export assistance bid accepted by CWT in the month of November. 

This accepted bid increases CWT’s total cheese exports since it began operations two years ago to 4,406 tons (or 9.7 million pounds).  Previous shipments facilitated by CWT’s export assistance program have gone to Algiers, Croatia, Egypt, Japan, Jordan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and South Korea.

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.