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Healthy Foods, Healthy Families.
|Traded as||NYSE: DF|
|Headquarters||Tower at Cityplace
|Key people||Gregg A. Tanner, CEO & Chairman of the Board
Shaun Mara, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President
Gregg Tanner, President of Fresh Dairy Direct and Chief Supply Chain Officer
|Products||Milk, Dairy Products|
$ 11.462 billion (FY 2012)
|Operating income||$ 427.79 million (FY 2011)|
|Net income||$ 161.04 million (FY 2012)|
|Total assets||$ 5.687 billion (FY 2012)|
|Total equity||$ 357.19 million (FY 2012)|
|Employees||21,915 (December 2012)|
Dean Foods is a Dallas, Texas-based food and beverage company that specializes in dairy products. The company maintains plants and distributors in the United States and the United Kingdom. Dean Foods has 100 facilities located in 35 American states as well as five manufacturing plants in the countries of Belgium, France, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands.
Dean Foods was founded by Dean R. Honas who owned an evaporated milk processing facility in Franklin Park, Illinois in the 1920s. After purchasing other Illinois dairy plants Dean developed the enterprise "from a small regional dairy into a diversified food company".
In 2001, the company was sued by seven former employees, who alleged the company failed to protect them from the harassment of other employees between 1993 and 2000. The case was settled in May 2003 with a $3.3 million out-of-court settlement. In December 2001, the legacy brand of Dean Foods was acquired by the Dallas-based Suiza Foods Corporation who later adopted the Dean Foods name. Shareholders filed a lawsuit against Dean Foods in 2003, alleging they underpaid in their agreement to acquire Horizon Organic Holding Corp. Dean Foods settled with the shareholders in May 2007.
In 2005, Dean Specialty Foods was spun off from Dean Foods as Bay Valley Foods, LLC, a division of TreeHouse Foods, Inc. In March the Cornucopia Institute filed a complaint with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) alleging that their Horizon Organic subsidiary was violating "organic livestock management" standards.
In August 2006, Dean Foods acquired Jilbert's Dairy, a 70 year old family business near Marquette, Michigan. Dean Food's TofuTown brand was acquired by the Hain Celestial Group in June 2007. In December, Dean Foods bought the Wells Dairy milk plant in Le Mars, Iowa. Dean Foods purchased Alpro in 2009 for an estimated US$455 million, making it a "global leader in soy beverages". This resulted in a restructuring of the company that included selling off a number of subsidiaries, including Rachel's Organic.
On May 12, 2008, the Cornucopia Institute filed a second complaint with the USDA again alleging that Deans Foods had violated federal organic regulations requiring access to pasture and fresh grass for their dairy cows.  The complaint was dismissed by the USDA.
In 2009, the company was criticized by independent farmers who called it a monopolistic food broker. In the fall, St. Paul Pioneer Press reported the Cornucopia Institute had made complaints to the U.S. Department of Agriculture accusing Silk producer Dean Foods and its WhiteWave Foods division of shifting their products away from organics without properly notifying retailers or consumers.[need quotation to verify] According to the Star-Telegram, Silk brand soy milk was made using organic soybeans until early 2009, when Dean Foods switched to conventional soybeans while maintaining the same UPC barcodes and prices on the Silk products and replacing the word “organic” with “natural” on the product's packaging.
Foremost Farms USA, a cooperative of over 2,000 dairy farmers in several mid-western states, sold its Wisconsin milk processing plants to Dean Foods in 2009. In January 2010, the US Department of Justice and the state attorney generals office of Wisconsin and Michigan, filed a lawsuit objecting to the purchase and alleged that it created a monopolizing provider. Dean Foods announced it was contesting the complaint. The company moved to Cityplace Center in the Cityplace district in the first quarter of 2010. In October, Dean Foods announced it was retiring the Schepps brand for dairy products in the Dallas, Texas area in favor of their Oak Farms brand. The Schepps brand had been in the Dallas market since 1942.
In 2011, a class action suit was brought against Deans Foods over health claims made on the packaging of Horizon Organic Milk. In 2012, Dean Foods contributed $253,950 to fund opposition to California's ballot Proposition 37 which would require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.
Dean Foods products include frozen and canned foods, dairy products and condiments. It produces milk in the United States under the name Dean Foods and product branding Tru Moo. In addition, Dean Foods owns Alta Dena, Barber's, Berkeley Farms (Hayward, California), The Company licenses the Land O'Lakes brand, which markets several dairy products.
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