Cooperatives Working Together announced Tuesday that it has accepted a bid from Foremost Farms USA of Baraboo, WI, to export 20 metric tons (approximately 44,000 pounds) of mozzarella cheese to Morocco.  CWT will pay the export bonus to the bidder, once completion of the cheese shipment is verified.

This is the first export assistance bid accepted by CWT in 2006, and the seventh in the past two months.  It is also the first dairy product to be exported by CWT to Morocco, and the first to be exported through Foremost Farms, a member of CWT. This accepted bid increases CWT’s total cheese exports since it began operations two years ago to 4,716 tons (or 10.4 million pounds).  Previous shipments facilitated by CWT’s export assistance program have gone to Algeria, 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.

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 www.cwt.coop.

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