Polish Dairy to join Fonterra's Global Dairy Trade platform from Nov 21
By Rebecca Howard
Oct. 5 (BusinessDesk) - Polish Dairy, the fifth largest producer of milk in the European Union, will join Fonterra
Cooperative Group's Global Dairy Trade platform from Nov 21, initially offering skim milk powder, whole milk powder,
butter and lactose on the platform.
"Central Europe has become an increasingly important dairy region. The addition of a seller from Poland is evidence of
the emerging strength of that nation’s dairy sector, and will be welcomed by our network of over 500 registered GDT
Events buyers," said Eric Hansen, director of Global Dairy Trade in a press release. The platform, which has moved more
than US$20 billion in dairy products since it launched in 2008, is looking to broaden its offering to meet customer
Polish Dairy chief executive Mirosław Szczepański said accessing a respected mechanism for discovering prices in global
markets has become increasingly important as Poland’s dairy production capacity scales up.
“Since it became a member of the European Union in 2004, Poland’s dairy sector has developed at a rapid pace. The
country is well suited to milk production due to the good infrastructure and potential for grassland development. The
majority of Polish milk factories have gone through a modernisation process and are currently among the most modern in
Europe," said Szczepański.
While traditionally the milk was sold domestically, as the volumes increase "our dairy sector has become more focused on
markets beyond Poland’s border," said Szczepański.
Global Dairy Trade recently also announced it will be hosting its first multi-seller pool which will offer US-sourced
lactose products during the GDT auction on Dec. 5. On another front, GDT recently inked a letter of intent to evaluate a
new auction mechanism for dairy products in Europe with the European Energy Exchange – EEX.