Economy & Economic Development  November 12, 2019

Major milk producer Dean Foods files for bankruptcy

DALLAS — As more Amercian consumers abandon milk in favor of other beverages and dairy alternatives, Dean Foods Co. (NYSE: DF), the nation’s top milk producer, has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.

The firm, which owns and operates more than 50 brands including TruMoo and Dairy Pure, is exploring the possibility of a sale to farmer-owned marketing cooperative Dairy Farmers of America, according to an Associated Press report. 

Dean has several historic connections to the Boulder Valley region. In 2002, the firm acquired Boulder-based White Wave Inc, maker of milk products such as Silk and Horizon Organic. French dairy company Danone SA, which has operations in Broomfield, bought White Wave in 2017. Dean has also made recent made investments in local firms, including a 2017 investment in Boulder-based Good Karma Foods.

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DALLAS — As more Amercian consumers abandon milk in favor of other beverages and dairy alternatives, Dean Foods Co. (NYSE: DF), the nation’s top milk producer, has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection.

The firm, which owns and operates more than 50 brands including TruMoo and Dairy Pure, is exploring the possibility of a sale to farmer-owned marketing cooperative Dairy Farmers of America, according to an Associated Press report. 

Dean has several historic connections to the Boulder Valley region. In 2002, the firm acquired Boulder-based White Wave Inc, maker of milk products such as…

Ken Amundson
Ken Amundson is managing editor of BizWest. He has lived in Loveland and reported on issues in the region since 1987. Prior to Colorado, he reported and edited for news organizations in Minnesota and Iowa. He's a parent of two and grandparent of four, all of whom make their homes on the Front Range. A news junkie at heart, he also enjoys competitive sports, especially the Rapids.
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