Promoting Our Industry

Group Consolidation Program

Why a Group Consolidation Program?

The U.S. cheese industry has gained momentum in the export market over the past decade and is now among the top two suppliers to the world with over 700 million lbs. of cheese sold internationally every year.

American-made value-added and specialty cheeses have tremendous opportunities to build quality sales in the global marketplace. Realizing these opportunities, however, requires a different international marketing approach than was the case in the high volume commodity markets. Paramount amongst this is an export supply chain that is configured to consolidate and ship smaller quantities of cheese. Establishing such a supply chain will also help boost the sales of other value-added U.S. dairy products into international markets.

The U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) has worked to build demand for quality cheese products and has now teamed up with Hellmann Worldwide Logistics (HWL) to facilitate U.S. dairy processors' efforts in getting their high-end products into the retail and foodservice sectors of key international markets.


As depicted here, consolidating your products with other shippers provides tremendous savings, making your value-added dairy products a lot more attractive to international buyers and consumers. Over time, as consolidated volumes increase, air cargo will become ocean freight, further reducing the costs for everyone.

How Does it Work?

callThe Group Consolidation Program (GCP) allows multiple suppliers within the U.S. to ship Less-than-a-Container-Load (LCL) orders to multiple customers in any given single market by rallying U.S. dairy suppliers around a set of preset dates. To see those dates, please view our 2016-2017 Consolidation Schedule.

As a program participant, your multi-customer orders will be consolidated at one of four refrigerated warehouses operated by HWL in the United States and shipped to their final destination. If you are only selling to one international customer, the order will be consolidated with other suppliers' shipments traveling to the same market into a Full Container Load (FCL) or an air shipment as appropriate, then shipped.

Companies who are also looking for ways to ship samples or trial orders at reasonable prices should contact HWL.

Group Consolidation Program for U.S. Dairy - Brochure


Click here to download a complete brochure of the program including the 2016-2017 Consolidation Schedule. 

Communicating This Program to Your Customers

In order to facilitate suppliers' discussion with customers about this program, USDEC has created a similar brochure explaining the program from a customer's perspective. It is available in 7 languages which can be downloaded here.

About Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

Created in 1871 in Germany, HWL has, today, a worldwide network of 19,300 people in 443 branches in 157 countries. In the United States, it currently operates four refrigerated consolidation centers (Chicago, Miami, San Francisco and Los Angeles) and can ship wherever demand takes you!

HWL also offers a state-of-the-art system called Smart Visibility which provides, via text/email, door-to-door real time tracking of the containers' location as well as interior temperature and humidity.

Learn more at

For more information, contact HWL's Group Consolidation Program manager:

Vicente Meneses
Tel 310.715.9411


Please contact the following USDEC staff with any questions about this program:

Ross Christieson -
Angélique Hollister -