About us

Global Dairy Farmers is the worldwide network of leading dairy farmers and industry partners.

GDF is a platform for leading dairy farmers, with a restricted number of companies, from all over the world to meet each other for the discussion of new strategies, as a reaction to new policy measures, legislation and market developments.

Global Dairy Farmers’ goal is for partners and member to enhance their knowledge, expand their network and in this way provide the opportunity for new leads. The organization offers the opportunity to network with inspirational and ambitious dairy farmers, leading experts in different fields related to dairy and key-stakeholders  from around the globe. The greatest intangible benefit comes from the deep and lasting friendships across continents that develop over time as a result of being a friend of Global Dairy Farmers (GDF). It has always been a fundamental plan of GDF to invite only a small but select representation of dairy farmers and companies from key and emerging dairy regions around the world.

GDF is proudly exclusive and trust, integrity and confidentiality are assumed.

Ad van Velde, President at Global Dairy Farmers:  ‘Consumer demand patterns are changing rapidly’. These emerging consumer trends are impacting the way food is being produced and consumed at all stages of the value chain. It used to be price, taste and convenience. But the new value drivers are health, wellness, safety and social impact. Right now it appears to have a low impact on buying decisions, however there is a small but very vocal minority for whom it is a significant issue and whose voices can potentially influence public opinion.

There is an enormous opportunity for organizations to make sustainability an integral part of their business model.

"Our network aims to transform the latest developments and knowledge into action and results (through professionals who can make the difference), share knowledge and develop joint initiatives. We have a concrete and measurable goal: to positively influence the main issues in the Dairy Industry by sharing knowledge and experience and networking on a high level and within the whole Dairy Supply Chain. "

GDF was founded in 2006 by its former president Bram Prins. The GDF Management team currently exists of: