DF - Dean Foods Company

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Previous Close0.7850
Open0.8300
Bid0.6000 x 3200
Ask0.0000 x 1000
Day's Range0.7000 - 0.8480
52 Week Range0.6900 - 5.0300
Volume0
Avg. Volume3,006,100
Market Cap73.515M
Beta (3Y Monthly)N/A
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)N/A
Earnings DateNov 12, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est2.00
  • Biggest U.S. milk producer goes bankrupt
    CBS News Videos

    Biggest U.S. milk producer goes bankrupt

    Dean Foods, America's biggest milk producer, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday. Following the surge in popularity of milk alternatives in recent years, the company's sales have plummeted.

  • Dean Foods files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
    Yahoo Finance Video

    Dean Foods files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    America's biggest milk producer Dean Foods filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The nearly 95-year old company is behind brands like Land-O-Lakes, Tuscan Dairy Farms and Trumoo. The On the Move panel breaks down who they think could potentially buy the company.

  • First, Burger King. Now Fancy Tasting Menus Are Ditching Meat
    Bloomberg

    First, Burger King. Now Fancy Tasting Menus Are Ditching Meat

    (Bloomberg) -- From Burger King’s Impossible whoppers to Dunkin’ Beyond Meat sausage breakfast sandwiches, fast food may drive the conversation when it comes to a meatless future. But a quieter revolution is happening at the highest ends of the restaurant world: The number of courses that highlight beef, pork, lamb, and poultry are dwindling at places where a $200 tasting menu is a bargain.The reasons vary from political to personal. New York’s recent foie gras ban, and a similar one upheld by the Supreme Court of California, are leading to the disappearance of the luxurious goose and duck liver—a fine dining fixture and lightning rod for animal welfare advocates—from cities with a high concentration of tasting menus. Also, chefs are eating more healthfully and thoughtfully and don’t want their customers to be crushed with heavy proteins at the end of a meal. (Seafood, perceived to be less environmentally damaging than cows and pigs, is still in play for most elite chefs.)The American public’s inexorable move away from traditional meat and dairy is happening at all ends of the dining spectrum. In a 2018 survey by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, two-thirds of Americans report cutting back on meat. From April 2017 to July 2019, plant-based food sales grew approximately 31%, to $4.5 billion. They’re projected to increase to $6.5 billion by 2023. In 2018, 51% of chefs in the U.S. said they’d added vegan items to their menus.Consider this movement the “trickle-up” effect. At fine dining restaurants, where meats such as imported Japanese beef and game like antelope and boar were invariably the drum-rolled entree, diners might now find well-dressed mushrooms and roots. New values are changing what’s considered a luxury when it comes to dining. Enter the Michelin Star ChefsIn November, Dominique Crenn announced that her three Bay Area restaurants would be meat-free, as would her upcoming cafe Boutique Crenn. The chef, who describes herself as “not a vegetarian, but a climate change activist,” isn’t a fake meat fan. Instead, at her three-star Atelier Crenn she offers such plates as sole with oyster bearnaise in tasting menus that start at $345 per person. The more laid-back Petit Crenn features the French sausage boudin, made not with pork but with squid ink to give the dish a dark, briny taste.“People are shifting. The biggest dairy company [Dean Foods Co.] just filed for bankruptcy. Ten years ago, people wouldn’t have heard me. Now no one even asks for meat,” she says.Seafood has also become the focus of William Bradley’s 10-course, $270 tasting menu at the Addison in San Diego. The chef saw an opportunity to make the menu reflect his own healthier, more environmentally thoughtful eating habits when his restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in June. He replaced an entree of côte de boeuf and braised short ribs with a caramelized cod dressed with miso, bonito butter, and a caviar garnish. “Multicourse tasting menus can have 2,500 calories that you consume in three hours,” Bradley says. “I wanted to lighten that up.”The chef’s seasonal menu currently includes a barbecued pigeon course—and the option of a wagyu beef—but neither is the dish his audience is most excited about. “People freak out more about the wild cod than they do about anything else,” he says. Classics Go VegetarianAt Maude, in Beverly Hills, executive chef Chris Flint reimagines classics like Australian meat pies through a vegetarian lens with the offerings on his menu, which changes quarterly.“This trend [toward vegetarianism] has developed among a broader audience due to increased awareness about the environmental impact of commodity proteins,” he says. Although he includes one or two meat courses, Flint leans into produce, crafting terrines from carrots and tossing pasta with a ragu made from fermented vegetables rather than beef.Jean-Georges Vongerichten was a plant-based food advocate long before he opened the destination vegan spot ABCV in downtown New York in 2016. In mid-July he added a vegetarian menu at his eponymous restaurant, responding to demand from customers.“Ten courses of protein, it’s a lot,” he says. Vongerichten makes elegant kebabs of oven-dried fruit and Brussels sprouts, and caramelizes mushrooms with honey and coconut butter. In January he’ll add juice pairings, such as celery with green peppercorn, that amplify the menu’s vegetable forwardness; kombucha will also be available. Since he introduced the meatless option, Vongerichten has seen demand for his vegetable tasting menu increase from 15% to about 35% at dinner; at lunch, 40%-45% of diners order the non-meat menu. Pork Place Embraces VegMeat is also in retreat at places where it was foundational. At the Publican, a renowned gastropub in Chicago with pictures of pigs hung around the dining room, pork was the perennial star—but no longer.“When we opened the Publican, it was all about pork, beer, and oysters. But over the course of the last decade, we cut back on meat,” says co-owner Paul Kahan. At brunch, the meat-free Greens and Grains has become a surprise bestseller.“The trend for us seems to be that people still want to eat meat, but they want more vegetable options to balance out their meal,” adds Kim Leali, the group’s culinary operations director. No Meat Is a MissStill, not all elite restaurants turned their back on meat. Laurent Gras, chef at the elite Saison in San Francisco, has cut back on land-based protein since taking over the kitchen in 2018, replacing quail with a Santa Barbara spot prawn. But he still serves a venison course on the $298 tasting menu; he has no plans to go meat-free like Crenn has.“Not to have meat on a long menu is a miss. It’s a limitation of the whole experience,” he says. Gras’s audience backs that up. He says about 50% of his guests order the $60 wagyu supplement.To contact the author of this story: Kate Krader in New York at kkrader@bloomberg.netTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Justin Ocean at jocean1@bloomberg.netFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Friendly’s sudden closures prompt Sen. Schumer's call for tougher warning laws
    American City Business Journals

    Friendly’s sudden closures prompt Sen. Schumer's call for tougher warning laws

    Prompted by Friendly’s abrupt April 2019 shutdown of 23 restaurants in five states at the cost of hundreds of jobs, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer proposed tightening federal laws requiring that workers get fair warnings of layoffs.

  • Moody's

    Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. -- Moody's affirms DFA's ratings; outlook changed to negative from stable following announcement of Dean Food's bankruptcy

    Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") affirmed all ratings for Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ("DFA") and changed its rating outlook to negative from stable. Moody's cited the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of Dean Foods Company ("Dean", Ca negative) as a credit negative to DFA's business as it will cause near term uncertainty and disruption to DFA's fluid milk sales. Dean is an important customer to DFA as it provides a material outlet for approximately 20 percent of DFA members' milk.

  • Dean Bondholders Just Say No to Merger With Dairy Co-op
    Bloomberg

    Dean Bondholders Just Say No to Merger With Dairy Co-op

    (Bloomberg) -- Dean Foods Co., the biggest U.S. milk processor which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday, has said it’s in advanced talks to sell assets to milk cooperative giant Dairy Farmers of America. Bondholders, however, aren’t convinced that’s a good deal.At a first-day bankruptcy hearing, an attorney for a third of the company’s bondholders said that while Dean is “focusing exclusively” on a combination with the co-op, that option won’t be “value-maximizing.” The deal may not even be feasible due to antitrust concerns, the attorney said in front of Judge David Jones in U.S. bankruptcy court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston.Both companies are giants in the dairy industry. DFA provides about 60% of Dean Foods’ milk, and Dean in turn accounts for about 20% of DFA’s sales.“We don’t want a quick sale, a fire sale, without a true market check or opportunity for other potential bidders to put in a real proposal,” said Bob Britton, an attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, which represents the group.The bondholder group approached Dean to offer alternatives, including capital to invest in a standalone restructuring plan and alternative financing. But the proposal “made no headway,” Britton said.When asked by the judge if the group had enough capital to buy Dean Foods, Britton’s answer was yes.Brian Resnick, an outside lawyer for Dean Foods, said the company’s looking forward to working with bondholders.‘Not Bothered’“I’m just going to sit back and watch,” Judge Jones said, responding to the company’s expressed willingness to engage with the bondholder group given their complaints about the sale. “I’m not bothered at all.”At the first day hearing’s conclusion, Dean Foods won approval to access $475 million of the $850 million in debtor-in-possession financing, allowing it to pay employee wages and benefits, and pay suppliers and vendors in full under normal terms provided on or after Nov. 12.Dean ranks as the biggest U.S. dairy processor, employing about 15,000 people and delivering about 2.2 billion gallons a year of milk and other dairy products, according to its bankruptcy declaration. The company’s long list of institutional customers includes McDonald’s Corp., Starbucks Corp. and Target Corp.Dean has suffered as competition from almond, rice and soy milk eroded demand for conventional dairy. Retailers have also been using milk as a loss leader to bring customers in, putting pressure on the dairy giant’s margins. Losses deepened after the company’s biggest customer, Walmart Inc., built its own milk plant. The company’s bonds due 2023 slumped below 20 cents on the dollar Wednesday.Facing financial distress, Dean looked into selling all or parts of the company among other options to strengthen its balance sheet, according to the court filing. But the company faced an obstacle in its underfunded multi-employer pension plan, for which it might wind up owing more than $700 million. That stymied any hope of out-of-court transactions, and meanwhile results were deteriorating faster than Dean had forecast, the company said.With cash running short, Dean’s managers became concerned about “potentially ruinous customer flight” if the company couldn’t keep milk flowing to 30,000 school lunch rooms, thousands of coffee shops, fast-food restaurants and grocery stores. That sealed the decision to file for Chapter 11 protection, Dean said.The case is Southern Foods Group LLC, 19-36313, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston).(Updates with Dean-DFA relationship in third paragraph; details of first day hearing in eighth)\--With assistance from Rick Green.To contact the reporters on this story: Lydia Mulvany in Chicago at lmulvany2@bloomberg.net;Katherine Doherty in New York at kdoherty23@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Attwood at jattwood3@bloomberg.net, Millie Munshi, Simon CaseyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • PR Newswire

    Dean Foods Company Receives Court Approval of "First Day" Motions to Support Normal Business Operations

    The Court granted Dean Foods interim approval to access up to $475 million of the $850 million in committed debtor-in-possession ("DIP") financing from certain of its existing lenders, which along with cash on hand and operating cash flows is expected to be sufficient to support the Company's continued operations during this process. Among other things, the Court has authorized the Company to continue paying employee wages and benefits without interruption and making payments to suppliers and vendors in full under normal terms for goods and services provided on or after November 12, 2019.

  • American City Business Journals

    Dean Foods taps Norton Rose Fulbright and Davis Polk for bankruptcy counsel

    Dean Foods Co. General Counsel Kristy Waterman and Chief Financial Officer Gary Rahlfs officially filed documents Tuesday seeking to voluntarily restructure the Dallas-based food and beverage company under Chapter 11 of the U.

  • Dairy Farmers of America Wants to Buy Dean Foods But Others May Too
    Bloomberg

    Dairy Farmers of America Wants to Buy Dean Foods But Others May Too

    (Bloomberg) -- Dairy Farmers of America Inc, the biggest U.S. dairy cooperative, is in advanced talks to acquire U.S. milk processor Dean Foods Co. But other would-be buyers could emerge.While discussions are taking place between DFA and Dean, no agreement has been reached for the purchase of all or some of the Dallas-based company’s assets, Monica Massey, executive vice president and chief of staff at DFA, said in an emailed response to questions. She didn’t speculate on prospective bidders.A deal could be a lengthy process, including an antitrust review. Any transaction would require an “extensive review of Dean Foods’ assets, thorough due diligence and other conditions, including approval from the Department of Justice and the Bankruptcy Court,” Massey said. Dean intends to file bidding procedures with the court to conduct a sale.“We have been monitoring Dean Foods’ financial performance closely since the business began showing signs of distress and have been preparing for various scenarios, including a bankruptcy filing, in order to minimize the impact to DFA,” Massey said. “Our farmer leaders and management have built our cooperative to withstand a situation like this. Our members and employees will get paid, schools will get milk, and dairy products will remain on the shelves across the country.”Dean Foods is the biggest customer of the Kansas City-based cooperative, which has around 14,500 family farmer members around the country. DFA is focused on “ensuring we have secure markets for our members’ milk,” she said.While Americans may be drinking less conventional milk, 94% of U.S. households also keep it in their refrigerators, Massey said. The dairy category as a whole remains strong, with cheese and butter at all-time consumption highs. Americans ate 2.5% more dairy in August than they did the year before, and the retail market is worth over $100 billion, she said.To contact the reporters on this story: Lydia Mulvany in Chicago at lmulvany2@bloomberg.net;Katherine Doherty in New York at kdoherty23@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Attwood at jattwood3@bloomberg.net, Patrick McKiernanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • America's largest milk producer files for bankruptcy
    CBS MoneyWatch

    America's largest milk producer files for bankruptcy

    As consumers have become more conscious about the environment, health and animal welfare, the dairy industry has suffered

  • PR Newswire

    Kinsale Capital Group Set to Join S&P SmallCap 600

    NEW YORK , Nov. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Kinsale Capital Group, Inc. (NASD: KNSL) will replace Dean Foods Company (NYSE: DF) in the S&P SmallCap 600 effective prior to the open of trading on Monday, November ...

  • Dean Foods Files for Bankruptcy: What to Know
    Zacks

    Dean Foods Files for Bankruptcy: What to Know

    Dairy giant Dean Foods (DF) announced that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and a deal to sell almost all of its assets.

  • Moody's

    Dean Foods Company -- Moody's downgrades Dean Foods PDR to D-PD on Chapter 11 filing

    Moody's Investors Service ("Moody's") downgraded Dean Foods Company's ("Dean") Probability of Default Rating (PDR) to D-PD from Caa2-PD following the company's Chapter 11 filing on 12 November, 2019. Dean's Corporate Family Rating (CFR) was downgraded to Ca from Caa2 and the senior unsecured notes were downgraded to Ca from Caa3.

  • Nasdaq ekes out record as investors look past Trump speech
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    Nasdaq ekes out record as investors look past Trump speech

    U.S. stocks mostly ended higher on Tuesday as President Donald Trump suggests a trade deal could happen soon but did not offer much clarity on the possibility of a tariff rollback as part of the agreement.

  • MarketWatch

    Nasdaq logs 15th record of 2019 but stocks lose steam as Trump offers no new details on China trade deal

    U.S. stock markets finished with lackluster gains on Tuesday but enough to push markets to levels at or near records. President Donald Trump said the U.S. and China are close to completing "phase one" of their trade deal, but didn't offer any fresh details. The Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the session virtually unchanged at around 27,691, narrowly missing its 10th record close of 2019. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index closed up 0.3% to end at 8,486.09, while S&P 500 index finished with a lackluster gain of 0.2% to 3,091, also missing a record finish. All closing levels for benchmarks are on a preliminary level. Meanwhile, in corporate news, Dean Foods Co. voluntarily filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, with the dairy company saying it was working toward an "orderly" sale of the company. Trade in the stock was halted, but had fallen 79% year-to-date. Separately, shares of Tyson Foods Inc. stock rose 7.4% Tuesday, even after the meat producer reported fourth-quarter earnings and sales that missed estimates.

  • Dean Foods Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization
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    Dean Foods Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization

    (Bloomberg) -- Top U.S. milk processor Dean Foods Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is in advanced talks with Dairy Farmers of America Inc. about a potential sale.Dean listed assets and liabilities of as much as $10 billion each in court papers filed in Houston, and said in a statement it has commitments for $850 million in bankruptcy financing from existing lenders led by Rabobank. The filing allows Dean to keep operating while it works on a plan to pay creditors and turn the business around.Losses have piled up after Dean’s biggest customer, Walmart Inc., built its own milk plant. Dean says it’s the largest U.S. processor of fresh fluid milk and other dairy products, but the company has been squeezed by fierce competition and the rising price of milk, which has eroded profit margins.Demand for cow milk has been weak, too, with nut milks and even bottled water cutting into its popularity. On top of that, retailers have been selling their own house brands of milk at a loss to increase store traffic, Hoai Ngo of Bloomberg Intelligence wrote in a note.Falling PricesDean shares have tumbled 79% this year, the worst performance among peers tracked by Bloomberg, and trading hadn’t resumed as of midday Tuesday. Its bonds dropped to fresh lows, plunging to as little as 14.5 cents on the dollar, according to Trace pricing data. As recently as January of last year, the bonds were trading at full value.The Dallas-based company’s filing and debtor-in-possession financing reduces the recovery value for debt holders and “could drive prices lower,” Ngo wrote.A transaction between Dean and Dairy Farmers of America is still under review, and no agreement for the purchase of Dean’s assets has been reached, DFA Executive Vice President Monica Massey said in an emailed statement to Bloomberg. Other bidders may emerge during the bankruptcy process, Massey said, adding that DFA’s offer would be contingent upon various approvals, including a review of Dean Foods’ assets and clearance from U.S. antitrust regulators.DFA monitored Dean’s financial performance “closely since the business began showing signs of distress” and began “preparing for various scenarios, including a bankruptcy filing, in order to minimize the impact,” Massey said.According to Rabobank, Dairy Farmers of America is the sixth-biggest dairy company in the world by sales, and Dean Foods is No. 11.Pension ProblemThe Central States Southeast & Southwest Areas Pension Plan is listed as the company’s largest unsecured creditor, with a $722.4 million claim alongside Dean’s $700 million of unsecured notes that mature in 2023.Dean’s bankruptcy was the “clearest option” for addressing the pension and debt load, Wells Fargo equity analyst John Baumgartner said in a note. Challenges in the milk category on top of the unfunded pension liabilities were “too much to overcome,” he said.Dean has been hemorrhaging executives as well as cash, with Chief Financial Officer Jody Macedonio and general counsel Russell Coleman stepping down in September. Vice President of Commercial Finance Scott Mills joined another company last week.Chief Executive Officer Eric Beringause, who joined the company about three months ago, said the current path, led by a new senior management team, would lead to a turnaround.Dean expects to report a cash loss of $286 million for a 10-month time-frame through August of 2020, according to recent financial projections. The budget also predicts around $15 million of cash on the balance sheet by the end of the period.Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Norton Rose Fulbright are serving as legal advisers to Dean Foods, while Evercore is serving as investment banker, and Alvarez & Marsal is its financial adviser.The case is Dean Foods Company, 19-36314, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas (Houston).Get MoreClick here for statementIn light of the bankruptcy filing, the company has canceled its earnings call originally scheduled for Tuesday morning.(Updates with comments from Dairy Farmers of America and company projections, starting in the seventh paragraph)\--With assistance from Sebastian Boyd, Rudy Ruitenberg and Jeremy Hill.To contact the reporters on this story: Lydia Mulvany in Chicago at lmulvany2@bloomberg.net;Katherine Doherty in New York at kdoherty23@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Rick Green at rgreen18@bloomberg.net, ;James Attwood at jattwood3@bloomberg.net, Nicole BullockFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Barrons.com

    Dean Foods, America’s Biggest Milk Company, Filed for Bankruptcy. It’s Talking With a Possible Buyer.

    The company is in “advanced discussions” with Dairy Farmers of America, a cooperative that represents more than 8,500 farms.

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  • Disney+ Launches, Dean Foods Files Chapter 11
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    Disney+ Launches, Dean Foods Files Chapter 11

    Today is the big day for the long-awaited Disney+ streaming service from The Walt Disney Company (DIS), marking its bid for a piece of the home entertainment space.

  • Dean Foods files for Chapter 11
    Reuters

    Dean Foods files for Chapter 11

    The Texas-based firm said it was in talks over a potential sale of its assets with Dairy Farmers of America, a company owned by farmers. Dean Foods has been struggling in recent years as health-conscious U.S. consumers shift to non-dairy and private-label alternatives. "We continue to be impacted by a challenging operating environment marked by continuing declines in consumer milk consumption," Chief Executive Officer Eric Beringause said.

  • Benzinga

    Got Milk? Dean Foods Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    Dean Foods and substantially all of its subsidiaries initiated a voluntary bankruptcy proceedings in the Southern District of Texas, the Dallas-based company said in a press release. At the same time the company is in talks with the Dairy Farmers of America to explore a sale of substantially all of its assets. In the interim, Dean Foods is operating as usual after receiving a commitment of around $850 million in debtor-in-possession financing from some of its lenders.

  • MarketWatch

    Stocks open slightly higher as Dow attempts to extend record-breaking rise

    U.S. stocks edged higher at the opening bell on Tuesday ahead of a speech by President Donald Trump that is expected to provide further insights on progress toward a partial U.S.-China trade deal. The S&P 500 was up 0.1% to 3,091. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced 6 points, or less than 0.1%, to around 27,698. The Nasdaq Composite rose 0.2% to 8,479. Reuters reported that Trump is also expected to put off for another six months a decision on whether to place tariffs of up to 25% on European auto imports. In company news, Dean Foods shares were in focus after the dairy manufacturer declared bankruptcy.

  • MarketWatch

    Dean Foods files for bankruptcy, in talks to sell substantially all of its assets

    Dean Foods Co. has voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, with the dairy company saying it was working toward an "orderly" sale of the company. The company, which brands include DairyPure, Land O Lakes and Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms, said it has secured commitments for $850 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing to support its operations during the process. The company said it has been in advanced discussions with the Dairy Farmers of America Inc. regarding the potential sales of substantially all of its assets. "The actions we are announcing today are designed to enable us to continue serving our customers and operating as normal as we work toward the sale of our business," said Chief Executive Eric Beringause. "Despite our best efforts to make our business more agile and cost-efficient, we continue to be impacted by a challenging operating environment marked by continuing declines in consumer milk consumption." The stock, which was halted for news, had closed Monday at 80 cents. It had plunged 79% year to date, while the S&P 500 has climbed 23%.

  • PR Newswire

    Dean Foods Company Initiates Voluntary Reorganization with New Financial Support from Existing Lenders

    DALLAS, Nov. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Dean Foods Company (DF) ("Dean Foods" or the "Company") today announced that it and substantially all of its subsidiaries have initiated voluntary Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings in the Southern District of Texas. The Company intends to use this process to protect and support its ongoing business operations and address debt and unfunded pension obligations while it works toward an orderly and efficient sale of the Company. Dean Foods also announced that it is engaged in advanced discussions with Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. ("DFA") regarding a potential sale of substantially all assets of the Company.