The Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) program announced today that it is expanding the types of cheese varieties eligible for export bonuses to include Gouda, Colby, and Monterey Jack.
Adding these three types of cheeses to the products currently eligible for export assistance should divert milk from unneeded Cheddar production and reduce the buildup of additional Cheddar inventories.
Since CWT reactivated the Export Assistance program on March 18, 2010, it has assisted members in making export sales of cheddar cheese totaling 6,148 metric tons (13.6 million pounds) to 14 countries on four continents.
The Export Assistance program was reactivated when economic analysis indicated that sizeable cheddar cheese inventories overhanging the market are hampering a recovery in producer milk prices. Assisting CWT members in exporting cheddar cheese will provide the most immediate way to positively impact producer milk prices.
CWT will pay export bonuses to the bidders only when delivery of the product is verified by the submission of the required documentation.
Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) is being funded by dairy cooperatives and individual dairy farmers, who are contributing 10 cents per hundredweight assessment on their milk production through December 2010. The money raised by CWT's investment is being apportioned between two supply management programs that strengthen and stabilize the national all milk price. For more on CWT's activities, visit www.cwt.coop