CWT Assists with 7.8 Million Pounds of Butter and Cheese Export Sales


Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) has accepted 14 requests for export assistance from Dairy Farmers of America, Darigold, Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative and Michigan Milk Producers Association to sell a total of 1,697 metric tons (3.741 million pounds) of Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese and 1,843 metric tons (4.063 million pounds) of butter to customers in Asia, the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa. The product will be delivered April through October 2012.

CWT announced last week that it will begin assisting sales of whole milk powder beginning April 16. An economic analysis done by CWT determined that adding whole milk powder to the list of eligible products will help boost both butterfat and nonfat solids in world commerce.

In 2012, CWT has assisted member cooperatives in making export sales of Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Gouda cheese totaling 41.6 million pounds and butter totaling 37.4 million pounds to 25 countries on four continents. On a butterfat basis, the milk equivalent of these exports is 1.199 billion pounds, or the same as the annual milk production of 57,100 cows.