The process of converting pure goat milk into a safe, exceptional infant formula needs to be a gentle, minimal one. We use the whole of the milk and our minimal processing results in a product closer to its natural source.

From our farm to you

Let us take you through the journey of how our world-class infant formula gets to you, with safety and nature prioritised every step of the way. We have even purpose-built our plant solely for manufacturing goat milk formula.
Combined with our cooperative model, we are able to control the entire process from milking to distribution. This way the milk that comes into the plant leaves as a completed product. The result is a safer, cleaner process with no interference in production.

Farming system and code of practice

New Zealand has a strict Code of Welfare for Goats. It specifies what is considered to be optimal animal welfare and how this may be achieved for goats farmed under New Zealand conditions.

Pasture fed

Our farmers know how important a high quality diet is to goats. DGC goats thrive on locally grown, on-farm forages such as grasses, clover, lucerne, hay, silage or pasture plants.

Milk collection & delivery to factory

Milk is collected from our farms and delivered directly to the production facility. We take great care for our milk, ensuring a consistently lower temperature at all times by insulating our milk trucks.

Spray drying

DGC’s spray drying plant has been designed specifically to process goat infant formula.

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.

Can Forming

DGC’s can forming facilities provide high quality nutritional formula cans which are an integral part of our product.

Can filling

The DGC can filling facilities are world class. On any day at DGC we can manufacture over 150,000 cans and fill over 90,000 cans. These are then sent to our warehousing and distribution facility where they await final safety tests before being released for export worldwide.

Warehousing and distribution

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

Compliance Leadership

DGC is committed to ensuring that all its goat formulas meet and exceed quality and food standards. Our products comply with all relevant local and international standards.

DGC complies with the following standards:

  • Risk Management Programme (RMP)

    DGC operates a documented RMP based on HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point) hazards and control measures. DGC’s RMP outlines safe practices that must be employed during collection of milk on farm through to product manufacture and packaging. DGC’s risk management programme is approved by New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries and regular audits are undertaken by a recognised independent agency.

  • Risk Management Programme (RMP)
  • DGC is a Ministry for Primary Industries registered manufacturer and exporter of infant formula and goat nutritionals for children
  • Quality Control Monitoring and Testing

    To ensure that consumers receive the safest, highest quality products, DGC completes significant ingredient and final product testing. The testing is completed either externally or internally, depending on the end-product testing specification. Tests can be carried out for physical, sensory, microbial and compositional parameters.

  • Importing country regulations
  • Infant Nutrition Council
  • FSSC 22000 - Certification scheme for food safety systems

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Purpose built manufacturing

The DGC plant is purpose-built solely to be a world class facility for manufacturing goat milk formula. Combined with our cooperative farm model, we are able to control the entire process from milking to distribution. So milk that comes into the plant leaves as a completed product.

The result is a safer, cleaner manufacturing process with no third parties.

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

Allergy

There is a common belief that goat milk is a sound alternative for infants or children with cow milk protein allergy. This has resulted in the promotion of goat milk and goat milk products for relief of allergy. However, scientific studies show that goat milk is not always an effective substitute for cow milk in children who are already sensitised to cow milk protein and have a rapid onset, IgE-mediated reaction to cow milk proteins. Only extensively hydrolysed formulas should be used for the dietary management of infants with diagnosed cow milk protein allergy.1

There are several lines of evidence that the strength and type of the immune response to goat and cow milk might still differ. For example, children allergic to cow milk required nearly five times more goat milk to trigger an adverse reaction.2 In another study, 25% of children allergic to cow milk did not react to goat milk at all.3 Children with allergy to cow milk proteins had a lower response to goat milk containing low amounts of αs1-casein.4 Similarly, studies with animals have also shown that lower levels of αs1-casein in goat milk resulted in fewer allergic reactions.5

Further research will help to understand how people might respond differently to goat or cow milk.

Until such studies have been completed, it is important that goat milk infant formula is not promoted as a remedy for infants with severe reactions to cow milk.

1 AAP 2000; Koletzko et al, 2012
2 Bellioni-Businco et al 1999
3 Infante et al 2003
4 Ballabio et al, 2011; Albenzio et al 2012; Lisson et al 2014
5 Bevilacqua et al 2001; Hodgkinson et al 2012