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Since 2008, Global Dairy Trade has focused on creating a global online market for dairy.

Over that time, we have built a reputation for trust and transparency, working with dairy and food companies around the world to discover reference prices for dairy and realise new opportunities. Today, we offer a thriving environment for trading, including two complementary platforms for the online trade of diary and access to a data subscription service.

Our sellers are geographically diverse, and between them offer a wide range of dairy ingredients. Since 2008 they have sold over five million metric tonnes of dairy product via GDT Events.

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What we do

Global Dairy Trade has proven to the market it provides credible reference prices for globally traded dairy ingredients. Sellers gain access to a global pool of buyers and can be confident that their product is selling for the current market based price. Buyers gain access to a large pool of supply from multiple regions, and know that they will never pay more than any other successful bidder for that product.

Through transparency, data-analysis and digital trade facilitation we deliver services that help buyers, sellers and analysts realise opportunity in the dairy trading world.

Global Dairy Trade is owned by Fonterra Cooperative Group, but is operationally and physically separate from Fonterra. Both GDT Marketplace and GDT Events have clear governance structures. An independent Oversight Board oversees GDT Events' rules and structures so that they are monitored and developed in a neutral and transparent manner. All Trading Events are run by an independent Trading Manager, CRA International Inc, a global specialist in developing and operating auctions. GDT Marketplace also has operational and physical separation from Fonterra, supported through a robust compliance monitoring framework. Global Dairy Trade is headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Global Dairy Trade service offerings

Since its formation in 2008, Global Dairy Trade has developed into a truly global, multi-seller auction and data insight service provider.

Global Dairy Trade’s product suite is the definitive toolkit for connecting global pools of buyers and sellers in dairy.

GDT Events


The leading global auction for dairy trading and reference price discovery.

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GDT Marketplace


A flexible online channel to buy and sell dairy products with ease.

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GDT Insight


Powerful data based insight into GDT Events as they unfold.

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Our people

We bring together deep experience in global dairy trading with smart ecommerce solutions to create new opportunities for buyers and sellers.

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Independent Trading Manager

The independent Trading Manager is expert in the design, development, and operation of the GDT Events.

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