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        2. A history of goodness that dates back to 1925.

          A long history fueled by dairy

          Dairy has been nourishing people for more than 10,000 years and, while we got here a little later, we’re proud of our own history that stretches back more than nine decades.

          What matters is that we’ve done business with a spirit of goodness, growing from a single small milk business to a trusted source of some of the nation’s favorite food and beverages.

          • 1925
            Farm Sold


            Samuel E. Dean Sr.

            Samuel E. Dean Sr. purchases the Pecatonica Marketing Company, an evaporated milk processing facility located in northwestern Illinois.

          • 1927
            Metal Milk Bottle


            A new name in dairy

            The company changes its name to Dean Evaporated Milk Company, starting a lasting relationship between the Dean name and wholesome, healthy sources of nutrition. In 1929, the name would be changed again to Dean Milk Company.

          • 1961
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            Going public

            With plans for growth, Dean Milk Company completes its first public offering of common stock to 1,800 shareholders.

          • 1963
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            Dean Foods Company

            Celebrating decades of success, the company is renamed (again). Dean Foods Company is born.

          • 1981
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            Listed on the NYSE

            Following the acquisitions of several dairies, Dean Foods is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘DF’.

          • 1993
            Milk Refill


            Bringing the dairy industry together

            Meanwhile, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Suiza Foods makes its first dairy acquisition, marking a new era in the highly fragmented dairy industry. By 2000, Suiza Foods would become the nation’s largest dairy processor and distributor.

          • 2001
            Dairy Brand Products


            Suiza Foods acquires Dean Foods

            Suiza Foods acquires Dean Foods, soon adopting the much-loved Dean Foods brand.

          • 2002-2005


            A growing portfolio of wholesome food and beverages

            In just a few short years, Dean Foods acquired White Wave, Inc. (maker of Silk?, the nation’s leading refrigerated soymilk), acquired Horizon Organic Holding Corporation (maker of several organic milk and dairy products) and launched TreeHouse Foods (NYSE:THS) to focus on pickles, dips, dressings and foodservice products

          • 2006
            Ice cream king


            Taking goodness beyond the pail

            Dean Foods issues its first corporate responsibility report, taking a spirit of goodness and authenticity to business processes and practices.

          • 2012


            WhiteWave spin-off and Sale of Morningstar Foods division

            Dean Foods refocuses on growing its core dairy business.

          • 2016


            Bringing dairy to every moment

            Expanding our range of brands, Dean Foods acquires Friendly’s? and embarks on a successful joint venture with Organic Valley?.

          • 2017


            Expanding our products

            Dean Foods invests in Good Karma?, Steve’s Ice Cream? and Uncle Matt’s Organic?, growing our portfolio of great-tasting foods and beverages.

          Today, we combine our proven reputation for goodness with a drive to do more. We’re poised to continue our growth and keep nourishing lives for generations to come.

          Our Thought Leadership for Retailers

          At Dean Foods, we aim to be the most trusted source of wholesome, delicious dairy products for every occasion. We never forget how fortunate we are to be invited into your home. And we earn our place by holding ourselves to the highest standards.

          A healthy future

          Beyond enriching lives, we believe Dean Foods can play an important role in enriching communities, good causes and the environment.

          Environmental sustainability

          We’re driven to do right by the environment by committing to large-scale sustainability efforts.

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          Social responsibility

          From dairy stewardship to employee safety, the goodness goes far beyond the products we sell.

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          Corporate philanthropy

          Through the Dean Foods Foundation, we take our responsibility to communities seriously.

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