U.S. export growth is all about having the right ingredients. After years of researching the markets, buyers' needs, and building awareness for U.S. offerings, exporters are enjoying a surge in sales. They've been able to capitalize on a happy convergence in market conditions: Rising demand, curtailed supply from their competitors, a weak dollar, limits on EU export subsidies and improved market access around the world.
U.S. dairy exports increased 31% in 2004, to record-high volume of 1.562 billion lbs. of milk solids, reports the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC). The value of 2004 U.S. dairy exports jumped 39% to $1.49 billion.