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ASSOCIATION INSIGHTS
Ensuring
dairy's continued growth
Rulings against protectionist
policies benefit dairy worldwide.
by John Umhoefer | Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association
ou've seen the success of US dairy exports in
impressive growth data. But two recent decisions
- a US District Court ruling in favor of the generic,
international nature of the term " gruyere " and a USMCA
dispute panel decision in favor of the US over Canada
- illuminate how America's role in global dairy trade is
ascending, maturing and destined to expand.
For decades, domestic dairy growth so dominated US
thinking that some are still surprised to learn that the US is
the global leader in production of cow's milk and the global
leader in natural cheese production.
Yet the industry is aware of the groundbreaking policy and
marketing work of the US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) and
the aggressive anti-protectionist activities of the Consortium
for Common Food Names (CCFN). Working side by side
with cooperatives and proprietary manufacturers, these
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organizations have showcased opportunities and lowered
barriers to help the US lead the world in skim milk powder,
whey and cheese exports.
A RECORD-BREAKING 2021
USDEC data for 2021 displays a banner year for dairy exports.
Through November, the volume of American exports rose
12%, and 2021, in only 11 months, became the all-time-record
year for US dairy exports.
Dry whey products and skim milk powder are the tonnage
leaders from the US, but a surge in cheese exports in the
second half of 2021 will break the record set in 2014. Sales
of grated cheese rose 15% in 2021 and cheddar, generally a
domestic favorite, rose 30% in 2021.
USDEC predicts a favorable year in 2022, with resilient
global cheese demand, competitive US prices, and domestic
growth in cheese production capacity.
BREAKING PROTECTIONISM
But the ascendancy of US international expansion is more
than the sum of these sales. The maturing of a US focus on
global trade is evident in the sustained work of USDEC and
CCFN, joined by producers and processors organized under
National Milk Producers Federation, International Dairy
Foods Association and Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association.
Two international trade rulings in recent months are key
examples of this focused effort.
First, the US prevailed in the first dispute settlement
panel ever brought under the United States-Mexico-Canada
Agreement (USMCA). On May 25, 2021, the US requested a
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John Umhoefer, executive director,
Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association
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