World Leadership

Dairy Goat Co-operative was formed in 1984 from an amalgamation of several goat milk co-operatives around New Zealand. Since challenging times in the early days we have grown and flourished, largely because of innovative development and commercialisation of our goat milk-based formula products in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Since achieving success in markets such as New Zealand, Australia and Taiwan, our export markets have continued to grow and DGC’s formula products are now well established in around 27 countries around the globe.

Since 2003, DGC has enjoyed the benefits of its own manufacturing facilities including spray drying, dry blending, can forming and canning. These plants are all on the same Hamilton site alongside the company’s head office.

DGC’s governance structure, as a co-operative, consists of a board of eight directors. Of these, five are elected from the shareholding suppliers and three are independent directors. There are 72 supplying shareholders who supply milk to the co-operative and who are the owners of the company.

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Co-operation

We are a co-operative, owned by the farmers who supply goat milk. We believe in the enduring value of the co-operative model and our objective is to grow the wealth and security of our farmer shareholders, while at the same time providing consumers with a world-leading premium quality product.

Co-operative is also a word we use to describe our business style, which is built around sustainable and long-term relationships with our partners.

We believe that goat milk is the best base from which to make infant formula. It is not the cheapest, or the most commonly available, but we do believe it is the best.

We take our responsibility seriously to deliver safe and effective nutrition to infants and young children all around the world, and to deliver brands and products that parents trust.

Blending

Our state of the art blending plant enables us to add the additional nutrients required to meet regulatory and specific product requirements where necessary.

Warehousing and Distribution

Warehousing and distribution are the final phase of the process. Finished and filled cans are held in the warehouse until final, independent testing is completed so that the product can be safely released.

Once released, the cans are loaded and driven to Port Tauranga for export.

An infant goat milk formula made without palm oil

The fat content of formula must be modified to include several essential fatty acids. Many formulas are based on skim milk where the milk fat is replaced by vegetable oils, including palm oil.1

DGC has adopted an alternative approach, using whole goat milk to retain milk fat. Vegetable oils are still added to top up the essential unsaturated fatty acids in goat milk, but it is not necessary to use palm oil if milk fat is included in the formula.

Our research has also shown that there is also no need to use highly modified ingredients such as OPO.2

1 Delplanque et al, 2015
2 Prosser et al, 2010