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  • 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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