Global demand for U.S. dairy pushes records

U.S. dairy exports maintained their record streak for the third time in 2022.

Matt Herrick, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, with the International Dairy Foods Association tells Brownfield new value and volume records were set last year.

“It’s been off the charts.”  “Ag exports as a whole certainly are at record levels—some of that is a price story due to inflation,” he says

He credits growth in Mexico, Canada, Central, and South America, along with Asia for the increase.

“Dairy exports have grown substantially every year and last year was no different—$9.5 billion in value and 2.8 million metric tons of dairy exports to markets all around the world,” he says.

NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern says the growth came despite supply chain challenges, a lack of new trade agreements, and other barriers. 

Krysta Harden, president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, says the performance is a testament to U.S. suppliers’ commitment to global markets and the value consumers in those markets have for U.S. dairy products.

Herrick says West Coast port issues smoothing out also helped move products because of the work of Congress and the White House.

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